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Men’s Soccer celebrates CCAA Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.

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Men's soccer celebrates its 2017 CCAA Tournament Championship title.

Men's soccer celebrates its 2017 CCAA Tournament Championship title.

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Men's soccer celebrates its 2017 CCAA Tournament Championship title.

Mike Nelson, Staff Reporter

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Cal State LA Men’s Soccer team finished the season with a 14-5-3 record, which is a .706 winning percentage including playoff games. The Golden Eagles made the NCAA Division 2 Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament by winning the Men’s Soccer California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Tournament. It was the third Conference Championship in the program’s history.

The Golden Eagles needed a win in the final regular season game at home against Chico State to even make the tournament as a fifth seed. They ended up winning in overtime 1-0 with a goal from Julian Zamora. In the first round of the CCAA Tournament, just three days later, they once again faced Chico State at their home. The Golden Eagles trailed 3-1, but Damian Roszczyk scored 3 goals and led his team to a 4-3 victory. It was the first time since 2009 that a Cal State Men’s Soccer player scored three goals in a single game.

The Golden Eagles then beat number one seed Cal State Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in the semi-final round during the penalty shootout. In the Championship game, the Golden Eagles defeated Cal Poly Pomona 2-0 and became the first ever fifth seed to win a CCAA Men’s Soccer tournament. This gave them the automatic bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament where they faced CSUDH. The Golden Eagles lost 1-0 and their season came to an end. Regardless, the Golden Eagles had a record season and claimed the CCAA Conference Championship.

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