October 1, 2013 > Pioneers Cornered by Otters
Pioneers Cornered by Otters
Submitted By Scott Chisholm
Cal State East Bay finished Friday night on the short end of a 1-0 result to conference foe Cal State Monterey Bay at Pioneer Stadium. A second half score from Otters junior Jami Murray was courtesy of one of nine corner kicks by the visiting side.
CSUMB's Sherene Thompson's inward swinging corner kick to the near post was redirected by the head of teammate Jami Murray. Her near post header was her team leading fifth goal of the season and first game-winner this year.
Heading into the night, both teams were looking for three points to climb up the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) standings. Early on it was East Bay (1-6-0, 1-4-0 CCAA) on the attack and creating scoring chances.
Freshman Megan Ravenscroft provided the most promising chance with her one-on-one opportunity with a run up the right side. Her attempt was saved at close range by the right foot of Otters keeper Lily Garza.
Five of the Pioneers six shots came within the opening 24 minutes of play. Garza made three saves to earn her first win and solo shutout of the season.
From that point on it was Monterey Bay (3-3-1, 2-2-1 CCAA) whom controlled the action. The Otters earned nine corner kicks including six in the second half. The continued pressure by their front line eventually paid dividends.
CSUEB goalkeeper Donna Williams halted a one-on-one scoring chance for Murray in the seventh minute. Pioneers freshman Jessica Loya prevented another goal after clearing Kristen WomackÕs header off a corner in the 81st minute.