Cal State LA Men’s Soccer: Regular Season Champions


Photo courtesy of Christine Jacobsen/San Francisco State Athletics

Daniel Simonis (7) kicks the ball towards the goal.

Denae Ayala, Staff Reporter

The men’s soccer team is chasing history and are the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) champions for the seventh time.

There is no other squad in the program’s history that has a better record than this year’s team. The team has a 15-0-1 overall record and a 10-0-1 conference record. The squad has recorded 38 goals this season.

The Golden Eagles started their road to a regular season title on Thursday against San Francisco State, defeating them 3-0.

This was their fifth consecutive shutout and their eleventh of the season.

Midfielder, Manuel Garcia scored his first goal of the season in the 43rd minute of the game. The ball was initially saved by the Gators’ goalkeeper, but Garcia was able to get the rebound and put the ball back in the net. 

Forward, Cyrille Njomo scored his second goal of the season in the 67th minute of the game, after a pass from teammate Jose Tovar. Njomo fired a shot inside the far post and the ball curved under the crossbar. 

Towards the end of the game, midfielder Daniel Simonis scored his third goal of the season off a free kick. 

On Saturday, the Golden Eagles put the cherry on top, as they defeated Humboldt State 2-1. 

It was midfielders David Elizaga and Morten Bjoershol who scored. Elizaga was the first to score and recorded his seventh goal of the season, while Bjoershol notched his first. 

“In the past years I have had some trouble finding the back of the net, but this year somehow I have been able to get some goals, and quite honestly it feels amazing to help the team with goals,” said Elizaga. 

Goalkeeper Alexander Brems had five saves in both games. 

Forward Tim Klefisch felt the team played really well in both games despite being on the road. “We knew it was not going to be easy to play in San Francisco and Humboldt due to the long bus rides, but the team prepared and both wins were deserved.” 

He said their upcoming opponents can expect Cal State LA to win the CCAA tournament for the third time in a row. 

His teammate, Elizaga believes the same thing. “Now we enter a phase where we can’t lose. If we lose we are out, so we are going to give everything to keep on winning.”

The Golden Eagles will travel to La Jolla to compete in a CCAA tournament semifinal, and the black and gold crew are ready to win. “I feel that we have learned a lot from the mistakes we did last season. We are a very experienced group and we are keen to win more trophies,” Elizaga said.