Despite a great performance, the Cal State Stanislaus women's soccer team dropped a heartbreaker to No. 13 Cal State San Bernardino, 2-1, Friday night.
With 31 seconds remaining, the Warriors weren't able to clear a long pass as the ball went off a defender's head and sailed over goalkeeper Millie Brown to end the match.
The Warriors, ranked fifth in the West, are now 4-1-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The Coyotes, ranked second in the West Region, remain undefeated at 5-0-0 overall and 3-0-0 in the CCAA.
Karenee Demery scored two more goals, bringing her season total to eight as she set a new CSU Stanislaus freshman record for goals in a season.
"I'm very proud with how we played today. We came out prepared and with a tremendous level of confidence," CSUS head coach Gabriel Bolton said.
Cal State Stanislaus dominated play offensively in the first half as they created chances and nearly came up with at least three goals. CSUS out-shot the Coyotes 12-4 in the first half and came up with an early 1-0 lead on a score by Demery at 21:03.
Demery received a pass from Allison Case and beat her defender on a turn and shot it past the goalkeeper to the left.
"The first half we really took it to them. We just needed to finish a few more of our chances," Bolton added.
After tying the score, the Coyotes had luck on their side in the second half. A long shot from midfield by Jenna Sanchez hit the cross bar and ended up at Kristina Gomez's feet for a CSUSB 2-1 lead.
"San Bernardino deserves a lot of credit for how they battled and created their chances," said Bolton. "Now we need to just bounce back on Sunday."
Demery would tie the score on her second goal of the night — her eighth of the season — at 71:17. On a Shelby Cargile throw-in from the far side to Marissa Dunaway, Dunaway gave it right back to Cargile, who served it in the box with Demery scrambling around defenders for the goal.
With eight goals, Demery broke the single season goals scored record by a freshman, set by Dunaway in 2008.
CSUSB keeper Tiffany Mallick had seven saves, including five in the first half. Unity Beddingfield also scored for the Coyotes.
The Warriors continue their six-match home stand on Sunday with a 2 p.m. contest against Cal Poly Pomona.