Men’s soccer team continues search for win


Junior midfielder Frankie Palmer struggles to keep the ball away from a defender during a ‘Cats home game. Photo credit: Jordan Jarrell

The Chico State men’s soccer team faced UC San Diego on the Tritons home field on Sept. 25 and lost 0-2.

The loss brings Chico’s record to 1-4-3, and their conference record to 0-2-2. Chico State remains without a win on the road this season.

Contributing to the ‘Cats loss was junior goalkeeper Damion Lewis, who had three saves but allowed both goals scored in the game. Lewis allowed the Tritons to score within the first 20 minutes of each half.

Sophomore goalkeeper Luke Dennison made his first appearance this season in the game, with 17 minutes remaining in the game. Dennison started as the goalkeeper last year for the ‘Cats but had yet to see playing time this season. In Dennison’s short time on the field, he managed one save and prevented further scoring.

The main problem for Chico was the inability to maintain the ball, with 17 fouls in the game. The ‘Cats gave up 6 corner kicks and did not capitalize on their shot opportunites, which led to their downfall in the game.

Senior forward Rajaee Delane started previously this season but accrued only 30 minutes in the game. DeLane did not have the opportunity to shoot the ball and was not made a contributing factor, despite being a starter on the ‘Cats roster.

Junior defender Danta’e Garcia earned a yellow card in the game for Chico State, within the first 10 minutes of the second half. Chico State has received a yellow or red card in four consecutive games since starting their conference.

Chico State returns to the field on Sept. 30 against Cal State San Bernardino, in the ‘Cats first home game of their conference.

Kenta McAfee can be reached at [email protected] or @KentaMcAfee on Twitter.