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Chico State Women’s Soccer victorious against Central Washington in Battle of the Wildcats

Aaron Draper
Chico State celebrates as Jiana Martin (center) scores a goal

A lockdown defensive performance along with two early goals from forward Jiana Martin vaulted the Chico State Wildcats over Central Washington University in their home opener.

Coming off a loss to the No. 4 ranked Colorado School of Mines, Chico State looked to bounce back in front of the home crowd. The defense and offense both shined, with dominant performances leading Chico State to a 3-0 victory.  

Martin came off the bench on fire, scoring two goals early in the first half, helping the Wildcats gain momentum early and setting the tone for the rest of the game.

“It helped the team keep going, we gained speed on them and never let up,” said Martin, a second-year team member.

The second half saw Central Washington put more pressure on the Chico State offense, with more split possessions and a stronger defensive performance. 

The defense didn’t let up and in the 85th minute midfielder Natalie Mendoza scored off of a penalty kick, putting the game away.

Chico State celebrates Natalie Mendoza's Goal
Chico State celebrates as Natalie Mendoza (center) scores late penalty kick (Aaron Draper)

Although the offense was front and center in the win, the defense also played an important role, with many physical plays from defender Klayre Barres

Goalkeeper Emma Hoffman shined as well, with six saves on nine shots from Central Washington, earning a clean sheet.

“We really battled in the air against a really direct team,” Hoffman said. “We communicated really well and overall we were really strong.”

The team is now looking forward to the rest of the season. Mendoza feels that their performance today was only the beginning for the Wildcats.

“We’ve gone through a lot as a team this year,” She said. “Our future is only looking bright from here on out.”

Chico State now looks forward to playing Seattle Pacific at home. They are set to face off this Saturday at 7 p.m., which you can watch here.

For information about Chico State Athletics, visit the Wildcats home page.


Nathan Chichios can be reached at [email protected]

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Nathan Chiochios
Nathan Chiochios, Sports Editor
Nathan Chiochios is in his third year at Chico State as a journalism (news) major. He is from Mountain View, a town in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is his second semester on The Orion, and his first semester as sports editor, and he looks forward to growing his journalism and writing skills. In his free time, he spends most of his time skateboarding and hanging out with friends and family.

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