In keeping up with the tight race of the CCAA North, the Cal State Stanislaus men's soccer team managed to earn a point on Friday by playing Chico State to a scoreless draw.
For 110 minutes, both the Warriors and the Wildcats battled in a very physical contest without many shots taken. In the end, they came away with zeros on the scoreboard.
With the tie, Cal State Stanislaus is now 5-3-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association with 10 points. The Wildcats picked up their 11th point in the conference standings and are 4-2-3 overall and 3-2-2 in the CCAA.
Sonoma State, the Warriors' opponent on Sunday, leads the CCAA North Division with a 5-2 mark for 15 points. The Seawolves, 6-3 overall, visit Warrior Stadium for what promises to be another epic conference battle. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.
Cal State Monterey Bay is also in the four-team mix with 10 points at 3-3-1 (3-4-1 overall).
Josh Handley gave the Warriors a final effort on Friday with a solid shot that was blocked by a defender in the final minute. The play set up a corner kick for CSUS but no result came out of it as time expired at Chico's University Soccer Stadium.
The final shot count was 11-7 in favor of Chico State, but the Wildcats had 10 corner kick chances to Stanislaus' two. The story, however, were the fouls as 37 were called with 10 yellow cards issued - 20 fouls and six cautions were against Stanislaus.
CSUS goalkeeper Bill Hambelton picked up all three Chico State shots-on goal. Most of Chico's shots came in the first half with eight of its 11 in the first 45 minutes of play. CSUS defense limited the Wildcats to just one shot in each of the remaining three periods.