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Men’s soccer takes first place

Greg Silvia

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The Chico State men’s soccer team defeated No. 6 ranked UC San Diego 1-0 in overtime Sunday for the first time in eight opportunities.

Sophomore Justin Walmsley scored the game-winning goal, his thirdof the year,in the 93rd minute on a header off a free kick from Justin Saul.

The goal by Walmsley was the first allowed by the Tritons in over 766 minutes of play.

With the victory, the Wildcats have now taken over sole possession of first place in the South division of the California Collegiate Athletic Association and it was their fifth consecutive win.

Midfielder Luis Martinez, who had two of the 15 shots by the ’Cats, said he feels this victory is pivotal for the rest of the season.

“It means a lot, it is a big confidence booster for us but we need to continue winning and playing hard,” Martinez said. “Now that we are on top, we need to maintain ourselves on top.”

Senior goalkeeper Sam Evans is on a four game shutout streak and made two saves Sunday.

The Wildcats now improve to 10-2 on the season and 8-2 in the CCAA.

The ’Cats will head back to University Stadium next weekend to face Sonoma State Friday and Humboldt State Sunday afternoon.

 

Greg Silvia can be reached at [email protected]

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Men’s soccer takes first place