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October 26, 2010 > Cal State East Bay athletic rundown

Cal State East Bay athletic rundown

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

If not for the Cal State University East Bay women's volleyball team, last week would have been a complete downer for the athletic department. As it were, the Lady Pioneers - now sitting at No. 23 in the country - added two more wins to their total; the men and women soccer programs, however, weren't as fortunate, dropping both their matches.

East Bay returned to action after winning both games in a two-game road trip last week with a Friday night, Oct. 22, match-up against Cal State University-Monterey Bay. Led by the usual suspects of Sukhjit Athwal (16 kills), Roxanne Neely (22 assists), K.C. Walsh (18 assists) and Lauren Massa (12 digs), the Lady Pioneers breezed by Monterey Bay in straight sets (17, 16 and 19) to improve to 15-4 overall, 10-4 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play.

A day later, on Saturday, Oct. 23, CSEB had a tougher go of it, but still prevailed in a league bout on their home floor against San Francisco State. It took five sets for the Lady Pioneers to earn its fifth straight win, topping their foe from the other side of the Bay, 23-25, 18-25, 25-11, 25-21, 15-8.

Katie Allen (12), Cara Crowder (11) and Brianna Bryant (10) each had double figures in kills, while Walsh (28) was the leading assist maker; Massa (25) and Walsh (16) led the way for the Lady Pioneers in digs. East Bay improved to 11-4 in CCAA play, 16-4 overall and will continue its home stand this week, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. against UC San Diego.

Meanwhile in the East Bay soccer program, neither the men nor the women's side could nab a victory over the weekend. In a pair of road matches on Friday, Oct. 22, at Cal State San Bernardino and Sunday, Oct. 24, at Cal Poly Pomona, both sides went a combined 0-4, being outscored 17-3.

San Bernardino, who lost to East Bay 3-2 in double OT earlier in the month, were determined to rebound from that effort and pounced on the Lady Pioneers early. Katie Liby scored in the fourth minute to put CSUSB on top. After a Michelle Quintero goal for East Bay in the sixth minute evened the match, San Bernardino scored four straight goals. A Jennifer Lu 77th-minute tally cut the lead to 5-2, but San Bernardino held on for the blowout win.

Then on Sunday, Oct. 24, East Bay fell behind early again, after Cal Poly Pomona's Jennifer Rivera scored her first of two goals in the 15th minute. Eleven minutes later Gail Bassett tied the match, putting home a Kara Yamamoto corner, but CPP scored three, second-half goals en route to the 4-1 win.

After the two losses over the weekend, East Bay now sits at 6-8-3 on the season, 4-8-2 in CCAA play.

For CSEB's men's soccer, their two games were polar opposites, falling 1-0 on Friday, Oct. 22, to the No. 6 nationally ranked Cal State San Bernardino and following that hard-nosed effort with a 7-0 defeat to Cal Poly.

In the 1-0 loss at San Bernardino, East Bay keeper Bryce Bookhamer made nine stops, only allowing a 75th-minute tally by Marin Esqueda. Defensively, the Pioneers were able to hold down San Bernardino, but the offense couldn't get anything going, only taking three shots - just one that hit the target.

East Bay followed its strong showing with a lackluster one at Cal Poly Pomona on Sunday, Oct. 24. Cal Poly peppered the East Bay goal - guarded by Bookhamer in the first half; Patrick Gilbertson in the second - with 39 shots, 22 on frame.

With four goals in the first half; three in the second, the Broncos were led by Luis Gonzalez who scored four times. Anthony Salcedo netted a pair (one assisted by Gonzalez) and Jonathan Enns capped the scoring.

After being shutout in both its matches over the weekend, the Pioneers have now been on the wrong side of the clean sheet 12 times in 2010. It also marked the eighth straight loss, dating back to Oct. 1 when they tied Poly Pomona 1-1 at home. East Bay is now 2-14-2, 1-11-2 in CCAA.

Both the men and women soccer clubs have home-and-home series this weekend against UC San Diego beginning Friday, Oct. 29, at Pioneer Stadium in Hayward.

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