The race for postseason bids is on in collegiate soccer, and both the Cal Poly Pomona men’s and women’s teams are in the hunt. The Broncos will have the added advantage of playing at home with the CCAA Tournament semifinals being played at Kellogg Field.
“It’s always great to be able to play on your own field,” Broncos men’s coach Yossi Raz said. “This is also a great opportunity for us to showcase our university and our team and we hope to take advantage of that.”
There are six teams in each field. Today’s games will be played at the site of the higher-seeded team with the winners advancing to semifinal play on Friday at Cal Poly Pomona. Title games, in which the automatic NCAA qualifier is decided, are slated for Sunday.
On the men’s side Cal Poly is the No. 2 seed behind Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Broncos play at 7 p.m. on Friday against the winner of today’s game between No. 3 Cal State Los Angeles and No. 6 UC San Diego.
Today’s other game pits No. 4 Cal State Stanislaus against No. 5 Sonoma State with that winner playing Dminguez.
A year ago, the Broncos won the CCAA Tournament and were having a marvelous season at 17-1-2 when the Broncos had to forfeit 11 games, resulting in them not making the postseason.
But Raz doesn’t think his team is playing any more determined now after having to sit out that postseason.
“We have a very determined team but I don’t think it has anything to do with what happened last year,” Raz said. “We’re trying to build a culture that’s about winning every year. That’s what we are looking to do.”
The Cal Poly Pomona women are seeded No. 5 and will play at UC San Diego at 7 tonight, With a win the Broncos would advance to Friday’s semifinal at home, where they would play top-seeded Sonoma State.