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Chico State Men’s Soccer ties with Monterey Bay on Senior Day

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Bryan Manriquez (black jersey) goes for a header against Cal State Monterey Bay

No. 5 Chico State (11-1-5) tied 1-1 with No. 22 Cal State Monterey Bay Sunday afternoon, highlighted by freshman forward Sam Addo’s first goal as a Wildcat.

Before the match, the Wildcats celebrated seniors Adrian Fontanelli, Noah Ross and Kristoffer Brown for their time with the team. 

The first half was back and forth, with several shots that were unable to find the goal from both sides. However, the Wildcats were able to strike first when Addo scored just minutes before halftime, off an assist from Fontanelli.

Sam Addo (left) guarding a Cal State Monterey Bay player (Nathan Chiochios)

The Wildcats carried the lead nearly to the end, until the 76th minute, when the Sea Otters were able to find the back of the net off a tough header from senior forward Kane Ritchie

The Wildcats were unable to answer, although they came close when junior defender Preston Moll nearly scored off a header in the 84th minute, but the Sea Otter’s goalkeeper was able to make the stop and seal the tie.

“We tend to score and then defend a lot,” junior goalkeeper Emanuel Padilla said. “It’s a lot of pressure on us. They got one back and it was just a stalemate game.”

Padilla, who has earned three California Collegiate Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week awards this year, recorded a season-high seven saves.

Emanuel Padilla stops a goal
Emanuel Padilla (blue jersey) stops Cal State Monterey Bay from scoring (Nathan Chiochios)

The Wildcats now look forward to Thursday, when they face the Stanislaus State Warriors at home in the final game of the regular season. With a win, the Wildcats would clinch a home-field advantage in the first round of this year’s CCAA tournament. 

The match kicks off at 11:30 a.m., which you can watch here.

“We’re Chico State. We’re a winning program,” Addo said. “We’re going to come out here and win, win and win again, and then win some more.”

For information about all Chico State Athletics, visit the Wildcat homepage.

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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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