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.
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.
LA VERNE 49, CHAPMAN 42 >> Running back Travis Sparks Jackson rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns in the Leopards’ victory over the Panthers. The Leopards (6-1, 5-0) had had two other player score two rushing touchdowns apiece in the win to remain undefeated in SCIAC play. La Verne will play at 1 p.m.Saturday against Pomona-Pitzer.
OCCIDENTAL 23, POMONA-PITZER 14 >> The Sagehens’ quarterback Taylor Mensik completed 12 of its 20 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown in the SCIAC loss to the Tigers. Mensik also rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown for the Sagehens (2-5, 1-4). Pomona-Pitzer will play at 1 p.m.Saturdayagainst La Verne.
REDLANDS 59, WHITTIER 7 >> Quarterback Kevin Russell completed 16 of his 27 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns against the Poets defense. Russell also led the Bulldogs (3-4, 3-2) in rushing with 86 yards and a touchdown. Adam Goss led the Bulldogs’ defense with 12 total tackles. Redlands will play at 7 p.m.Saturday against Chapman.
SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY 54, COMPTON 6 >> The Wolverines’ Deion Walker rushed for 196 yards and four touchdowns against the Tartars. Daniel Epperson completed 13 of his 17 pass attempts for 256 yards and three touchdowns for the Wolverines (7-1,4-1). SBVC will play at 6 p.m.Saturdayagainst Southwestern.
VICTOR VALLEY 42, MT. SAN JACINTO 15 >> Quarterback Sam Allen threw for 383 yards and four touchdowns in the Rams victory over the Eagles. Allen also rushed for 39 yards while scoring two touchdowns. VVC will play at 7 p.m.Saturday against College of the Desert.