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Warriors improve to 6-1 with win over Sonoma State
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The Warriors kept knocking on the door for a score and finally got some help from Sonoma State as the Cal State Stanislaus women’s soccer team captured a 1-0 win Friday evening at Warrior Stadium.
Cal State Stanislaus, now 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, equaled the program's best start. The 2004 team also started 6-1. Sonoma State falls to 1-3-2 and 0-3-2 in conference play.
With 7:21 left to play, a Seawolf defender tried to intercept a Marissa Dunaway pass, but instead deflected into the net for a Stanislaus score. Dunaway, who had received the ball from Alexia Poon, was trying to set up Karenee Demery for another one of many Stanislaus offensive runs.
"We played fantastic tonight,” CSUS head coach Gabriel Bolton said. “Our possession was awesome and we created some great chances.”
The Warriors were on the attack for most of the game, coming up with numerous scoring chances only to come up just short of the goal line. In the end, Stanislaus out-shot Sonoma State 20-5 with a 7-1 advantage in the first half.
The loss is Sonoma State's fifth consecutive winless match and the Seawolves have been shutout in each contest.
"Defensively, we were very organized. Our back line did a great job of handling their speedy forwards," Bolton added.
Sonoma State goalkeeper Courtney Grixti recorded 10 saves to keep SSU in the game.
 Stanislaus defeats ranked Sonoma State, againFor the second straight time, the Cal State Stanislaus men's soccer team took down a ranked Sonoma State team. This time it was a 2-1 Warriors victory Friday night at Warrior Stadium.
Andres Zamora and Jio Santana scored goals as the Warriors improved to 4-1-2 overall and 3-1-1 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The 23rd ranked Sonoma State falls to 5-2 and 3-2 in the CCAA.
The Warriors beat Sonoma State last year in their home finales with a 1-0 win on Oct. 25. Sonoma State was ranked No. 8 at the time.
Cam Vickers gave Sonoma State a lead in the 22nd minute, but the Warriors responded quickly with a goal at 38:46. A Nolan Holdridge long throw in from the near sideline glanced off a defender with Zamora capping off the play with his third goal of the season. Zamora has now scored in back-to-back contests.
The typical physical contest between these conference divisional rivals resulted in nine yellow cards and they came early and often. By the time the clock hit inside the fifth minute mark, two cautions were issued to Stanislaus.
Sonoma State then picked up the next three yellows within a nine minute window.
With the tight match knotted at 1-1, the Warriors punched through again in the 86th minute. After a Victor Regalado shot that hit the post, Santana collected the loose ball and sent in the game-winner. Both Warrior shots came after a Brady Marshall shot from the near-side that was saved by SSU keeper Juan Sosa.
Stanislaus goalkeeper Javier Rosales once again played well with a number of nice saves before finishing with six credited to his totals.
For the Warriors, this time they only need 10 shots in the contest to score twice. This is after a stretch of three matches when they shot 76 times and resulted in three goals.
Humboldt State is the Warriors' next opponent when the Lumberjacks visit Warrior Stadium on Sunday. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. HSU (1-4-2, 1-3-1 CCAA) lost 1-0 at Chico State Friday.