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Warriors off to a good start
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In the conference opener for both teams, the Cal State Stanislaus men's soccer side had little trouble defending its home turf as the Warriors blasted Humboldt State, 5-0, Friday night in front of 1,037 fans at Warrior Stadium.
Manny Avila, Kyle Cadigan, Juan Alvarez, Daniel Kuczynski and Carlos Gavino all scored goals as Cal State Stanislaus improved to 3-0 to start the 2011 season - matching the program's best start.
All five Warrior goals came on set plays. The first coming from a Schad TenBroeck corner kick into the box at 5:28. In a sea of players in front of the net, Avila flicked in the loose ball to put Stanislaus on the board.
In the 34th minute, Arturo Pulido's free kick got through the HSU defending wall to find Cadigan on the far side, just in front of the post for the finish.
With a 2-0 lead at intermission, Stanislaus never let up on the attack. In the 53rd minute, Alvarez sent a hard free kick through Jacks goalie Kyle Verle's hands for goal number three of the night.
The fourth score, a header from Kuczynski, was beautifully set-up by Alvarez's free kick on the near side. His service went to the far post to find a diving Kuczynski to give Stanislaus the 4-0 lead in the 78th minute.
Finally, in the final minutes of the match, Cavino earned another free kick from about 20-yards from goal and in front of the HSU bench. His shot sailed over the wall and Verle to find the cross bar and bounces in for the score.
In the end, Cal State Stanislaus out-shot Humboldt State, 15-3. HSU never had a chance to take a shot in the second half. CSUS also won the corner-kick battle, 8-2.
Bill Hambelton and Javier Rosales, who played the final 10 minutes, combined for the shutout.
The Warriors will face No. 14 Chico State on Sunday. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. at Warrior Stadium.

Stanislaus women rally for win

Alexia Poon scored two of the Warriors three second half goals as Cal State Stanislaus rallied from behind for a 3-1 win over Humboldt State Friday night.

Poon evened the score after stealing the ball just outside of the box to put Stanislaus on the board in the 71st minute. She then converted on a penalty kick minutes later to put the Warriors ahead.

The Warriors improved to 2-0-1 after winning the California Collegiate Athletic Association opener heading into Sunday's match against Chico State.