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Stanislaus mens soccer off to blazing start
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So far, the Cal State Stanislaus soccer players have notched nine goals from eight different names, and all of it happening in the team’s first two contests.

The latest one was a 5-0 nonconference thumping over Bethany University at Warrior Stadium on Monday night. It gives the Warriors a 1-0-1 record, allowing Stanislaus coach Dana Taylor to think about how many threats he has on this year’s squad.

“It’s always great to see guys put the ball in the back of the net,” he said after the win, which overrides the Warriors’ 4-4 tie to Western Washington in the season opener on Saturday night. “I told them the scoring wasn’t a concern, but we had to strengthen the defense and correct the problems.”

On Tuesday, the Warriors were in a three-way tie for No. 8 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings for the West Region. Stanislaus shares the position with Humboldt State and Seattle Pacific.

Last season, Stanislaus spent six weeks in the regional poll and peaked at No. 6 at the end of the regular season.

On Monday, the Warriors not only outshot Bethany 30-10 but also saw five different scorers in Brady Marshall, Manny Avila, Jio Santana, Arturo Pulido and Miguel Rodriguez.

With the nonconference schedule complete, the Stanislaus men will go on the road to face San Francisco State at 12:30 p.m. on Friday in the California Collegiate Athletic Association opener.