Otters eliminated in first round of the CCAA championship tournament

Story by Oscar Daniel Jimenez Iniguez

The No. 4 seed California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) men’s soccer team lost in the opening round of the 2022 California Collegiate Athletic Association championship tournament to visiting No. 5 seed Chico State 3-0 on Oct. 30, ending a successful season for the Otters.

The first half consisted of the teams exchanging an equal amount of shots 4-4. However, Chico State was the only one to score a goal in the half by Wildcat defender Justin Ricketts (#2).

The Otters in the second half were offensively ready as they outshot the Wildcats 8-5. Despite the offensive surge, it proved to be futile in the half as none of the shots CSUMB took scored. 

Chico responded by scoring two of their five shots taken within 43 seconds of each other. One of the goals was off of a penalty kick shot by midfielder Adrian Fontanelli (#10) because of a yellow card given to Otter defender Alexis Sanchez (#6). The Wildcats got another goal off of an assisted pass by midfielder Noah Ross (#20), shot and scored by forward Miles Rice (#5).

Monterey Bay goalkeeper Matthias Milton (#1) didn’t have any saves, while Wildcat goalkeeper Luis Albarran (#1) didn’t allow any goals and had four saves.

The Otters finished their season with an overall record of 8-8-2 and 6-5-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. It was their first ever appearance in the league tournament. The Wildcats are continuing their season with a record of 7-4-8 and 3-2-6.

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