Cal Poly Pomona to host CCAA soccer tournament

Christian Gonzale Diaz

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.


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Cal State San Bernardino volleyball moves up in national poll

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The Cal State San Bernardino volleyball team moved up two spots to No. 17 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released Monday.

The Coyotes (21-3, 14-2), coming off a 3-1 win over Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday, are one game behind Sonoma State in the CCAA. They play the last four matches of the season on the road, the first of those at Chico State Friday.

Here is the link to the entire AVCA poll.

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ESPN’s Shelley Smith makes stop at Chaffey College

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Chaffey equipment manager Justin Caudill enlisted the help of ESPN sports reporter Shelley Smith for a cancer fund-raiser.

A fund-raiser at Chaffey College on Friday organized by Panthers equipment manager Justin Caudill raised $2,300 that will go toward funding mammograms for women in the Inland Empire.

Caudill enlisted the help of ESPN sports reporter of Shelley Smith who spoke to the crowd at the event and answered questions on her recent experience with the breast cancer as well as on her storied career.

It was a bit of a whirlwind week for Smith who was in San Francisco for the Seahawks-49ers game Thursday night and was in Los Angeles for a interview with Utah football coach Kyle Whittingham Friday night. She left immediately from that work obligation and raced to Chaffey.

After speaking a crowd of about 80 following Chaffey’s volleyball match against Victor Valley, she event went over to the football field and took in a quarter of the prep football game between Los Osos and Rancho Cucamonga.

“She couldn’t have been any nicer and easy to work with,” Caudill said. “It was a great event.”

It was the third fundraising undertaking for Caudill, whose mother is a 10-year survivor of the disease. His goal was $1,500 so he was pleased.

“I wanted to make more than we did last year and we did that so I am very happy,” he said. “I keep setting the bar higher.”

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