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LA Golden Eagle’s Soccer Doubles Down

Men and Women’s Soccer shutout the San Francisco State Gators in CCAA matches

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Laurin Weiland, going for the ball in a tough game against san Francisco.

Laurin Weiland, going for the ball in a tough game against san Francisco.

Juan J. Palma

Juan J. Palma

Laurin Weiland, going for the ball in a tough game against san Francisco.

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The Cal State LA Golden Eagles hosted a double dose of soccer for the Men’s and Women’s teams on Sunday, Oct. 15. Both teams played against San Francisco State University’s (SF) Soccer teams. The Golden Eagles won both California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) matches that day.

The women’s Soccer team opened up the first of two home games that day against the SF Gators, leading the match early on. Paulina Chaidez led the Golden Eagles by scoring the game’s only goal during the first half of the match. She was active throughout the game with seven shots. While the second half of the match did not provide any more goals, goalkeeper Adriana Maldonado maintained a strong defense for the Golden Eagles. With six saves throughout the match, Maldonado helped lead The Golden Eagles to a 1-0 victory over the Gators.

Chaidez had also scored her ninth goal on Sunday, which currently places her at the top of the CCAA rankings for points scored this season. The win against the SF Gators had also placed the women’s soccer team in 2nd place on the CCAA 2017 standings for the sport.

The men’s Soccer team returned to victory from their last game against Cal State Dominguez Hills Toro’s on Oct. 11th with a shutout against the SF Gators on Sunday. Golden Eagle’s teamwork was demonstrated when Kareem Salem executed a swift pass to Julian Zamora within the first half, who scored a goal for the Golden Eagles.

“The goal gave us relief as we knew the conditions on the day–the heat–would make it hard to mount a comeback,” said Christopher Chamides, Men’s Head Soccer Coach. “We tried to break out and score that second goal, and we created the chance to do so, but we couldn’t get that insurance goal on the day.”

Defense was strong for the men’s match against the SF Gators, as goalkeeper, Steven Barrera, executed six saves, and centerbacks, Antonio Rosas and Morten Bjoershol, provided defensive contributions which led to the team’s eighth shutout of the season. The Men’s  win against the SF Gators marks the team reaching 10 victories for the seventh straight season and the 11th time in the last 12 years. This victory has also placed the men’s soccer team in sixth place on the CCAA’s 2017 standings.

The men’s soccer team has not yet qualified for any tournaments, but Chamides is staying optimistic for the remainder of the season:

“We are preparing for each game knowing that our goals are still in front of us.”

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