Coyotes pick up 5-0 win in women’s soccer

Cal State San Bernardino scored three times in the first 13 minutes of their CCAA conference women’s soccer match with Cal State East Bay and went on to defeat the Pioneers 5-0 on a 102-degree afternoon at Coyote Premier Field.
        It was the fourth straight win for the Coyotes, now 5-4 on the season and 4-1 in the CCAA, boosting them into at least a temporary tie for first place in the South Division, pending the outcome of the Cal State L.A. and Cal State Dominguez Hills matches.
        Cal State East Bay, moving up to NCAA Division II from Division III, slipped to 1-6-3 overall and 0-4-1 in the CCAA. The Pioneers move on to play at Cal Poly Pomona on Sunday while the Coyotes host perennial CCAA power UC San Diego, ranked No. 5 in the West Region.
        The Coyotes, ranked No. 8, got two goals and an assist from junior Katie Liby, her first scores of the season as well as a goal and two assists by junior Unity Beddingfield. Sophomore Kristina Gomez notched her third goal of the season just 3:08 into the match. Sophomore Kelsey Gudgeon tacked on the other goal and assisted on another.
        CSUSB took a 4-0 lead at the half.  The only score of the second half came on Liby’s second goal off linked passes from Beddingfield and Gudgeon..
        Coyote goalkeepers Laura Lyons and Tiffany Mallick were required to make just one save as CSUSB outshot the Pioneers 16-6. East Bay goalkeeper Nina Cefalo had six saves and cut off several crossing passes that might have resulted in further scores by CSUSB.

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CCAA loaded by top teams

Led by defending national champion Sonoma State, five California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) men’s golf teams open the 2009-10 season ranked in the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Division II Top 25 poll that was released earlier this month.

The Seawolves, who defeated CCAA rival Cal State San Bernardino in a one-hole playoff to capture the 2009 national championship, begin the year ranked No. 5 after receiving seven first-place votes and totaling 317 points.

Georgia College is the top-ranked team and is followed by Barry, Columbus State and Lynn.

Joining Sonoma State in the Top 10 is Cal State San Bernardino, which is ranked ninth. Cal State Stanislaus is 12th, Chico State No. 15 and Cal State Monterey Bay is tied for 24th.

Sonoma State head coach Val Verhunce brings an experienced team into this season, highlighted by All-CCAA junior Patrick Bauer.

Cal State San Bernardino is led by senior Gene Webster, Jr., who enjoyed a solid summer that included advancing to the round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Golf Championships in Norman, Okla.

Sophomore Teddy Schrier, who won a U.S. Amateur sectional qualifying event this past summer, is the top returning player at Cal State Stanislaus.

Chico State returns the CCAA Most Valuable Player (Lucas Delgado), Freshman of the Year (Kyle Souza) and Newcomer of the Year (Brandon Harkins) from a year ago.

Oskar Nystrom leads Cal State Monterey Bay into the season after concluding the 2008-09 campaign with a 75.17 stroke average in 10 events.

Cal State Monterey Bay will be the first CCAA team to get its season underway when it travels to Lacey, Wash. to compete in the Saint Martin’s Invitational beginning Friday.

Sonoma State will open defense of its first-ever national title on Monday, Sept. 28, when it travels to Noblesville, Ill. for the NCAA Preview Tournament.

Cal State Stanislaus, Chico State, Cal State Monterey Bay and UC San Diego will also be in action on Monday when they comprise part of the field at the Western Washington Invitational in Bellingham, Wash.

2009-10 Golf Coaches Association of America Preseason Poll
(First Place Votes in Parenthesis)

1. Georgia College (5)
2. Barry (4)
3. Columbus State (1)
4. Lynn (1)
5. Sonoma State (7)
6. North Alabama
7. Florida Southern
8. Central Oklahoma
9. Cal State San Bernardino
10. USC-Aiken
11. Nova Southeastern
12. Cal State Stanislaus
13. Indianapolis
14. West Florida
15. Chico State
16. Clayton State
T17. Ferris State
T17. Lander
19. Grand Canyon
20. Valdosta State
21. St. Edward’s
22. Northeastern State
23. CU-Colorado Springs
T24. Cal State Monterey Bay
T24. Newberry 

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Coyotes cruise past Broncos in three

The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team had no trouble dispatching local rival Cal Poly Pomona 25-11, 25-21, 25-13. It was one of the more lopsided outcomes in what has been a competitive rivalry.

The Coyotes are young but the Broncos and young AND inexperienced, not a good combination.

The were more people shoe-horned into Darlene May Gym than I have ever seen. But it didn’t help the home team because the Coyotes silenced the crowd with their strong start.

Give the Broncos credit for one thing though. They got absolutely pummeled in the first game which can sometimes lead a young team to be even more overwhelmed. But they came back and were competitive in the second game, It was tied as late as 18-18 before the Coyotes pulled away.

The Coyotes are poised to make another national championship run. And the Broncos wil learn from the experience of playing a team of such high caliber.

Both teams will be playing at home on Friday night with the Coyotes taking on Humboldt State, another team they should have no trouble with. The Broncos will be hosting Sonoma State, another nationally ranked team.

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