Arcata >> On the strength of a Francisco “Frankie” Calderon’s tally at 101:56 of the second overtime session, the HSU men’s soccer team earned a 2-1 win over Cal State San Marcos in heartstopping fashion on Sunday at College Creek Field.
Calderon’s made a strong finish in the box and put a shot into the right side of the net for the unassisted game-winner.
“Every point you get in this conference is a battle and today is a perfect example,” Lumberjacks head coach Fred Jungemann said. “San Marcos fought hard from start to finish and the game could easily have gone either way. Our guys worked really hard today as well and I couldn’t be more proud of their effort.”
The Jacks got behind early as San Marcos’ Victor Gonzalez scored off an assist from Bryan Morrison at 8:20, but HSU rallied to tie it up at 12:26 off a San Marcos own goal.
The teams battled through a scoreless second half and first overtime session before Calderon came up with the game-winner on his fourth shot of the day.
Isaiah Dairo notched four shot attempts, with three on goal, and Mumbi Kwesele had five shots, two on goal. In the game, HSU had 18 shots, with goalkeeper Chris Cherms turning aside eight San Marcos attempts.
“We got behind early again, but we showed our spirit and tied up the game before half,” Jungemann commented. “Frankie Calderon came up huge with the game winner and also played a big part in our first goal. It’s a great result for our guys though, after five tough losses in a row.”
HSU improved its record to 7-6 overall, 4-5 in the CCAA, and will take on Cal State Dominguez Hills at 3 p.m. on Friday at College Creek Field before hosting another CCAA opponent in Cal State Los Angeles on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Women’s College Soccer
Cal State San Marcos 1, HSU 0 >> The HSU women’s soccer team came out on the short end of a 1-0 score against Cal State San Marcos Sunday afternoon at College Creek Field.
The Jacks evened up San Marcos with 11 shots, nine in the second half, but could never push one across.
San Marcos’ Kayla Anderson scored off an assist from Meghan Randig at 5:27 of the first half that was ultimately the Jacks’ undoing.
“It’s always difficult to play against a team that plays with tactics like that and credit to them for getting the result,” Jacks head coach Paul Karver said. “Our girls did a very good job of settling the game down after the first 15 minutes and played very well, but that unfortunately doesn’t mean that we get the result. Now we need to prepare for a very important weekend against two very good teams from the south.”
Alex Jenkins had four shots for HSU, three on goal, and Madison Barnett had two shots, both on goal. HSU goalkeeper Katelin Talbert registered four saves.
The result runs the Jacks’ record to 6-7-1 overall, 2-6-1 in the CCAA.
HSU faces the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros at 12:30 p.m. on Friday at 12:30 p.m. followed by the Cal State LA Golden Eagles at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.