By Louis Ramirez
After a grueling 90 minutes of playing time the Lumberjacks came short against the Otters on Sunday Oct. thirteenth.
The first half of the game was dominated by Cal State Monterey Bay, which ended up leading the half with double the shots on goal over HSU, 10-5. In the twenty-fifth minute the otters’ Max Madrigal scored the first goal of the game. The Otters ended the first half-time with a one point lead over the Lumberjacks, making the score 1-0.
In the second half the Lumberjacks looked determined to take control of the game and go for the win but in the sixth minute Cal State Monterey Bay’s Max Madrigal scored the second goal of the game making it a two-goal advantage over the Lumberjacks. The goal came after the Madrigal took a pass from the far left sideline and hit into the right side of the goal.
Even with a two-goal deficit the Lumberjacks got back of their feet to continue fighting for the win. The Lumberjacks came though on the twenty-third minute with a goal by No. 23 Zach Hammond. Hammond took advantage of a mistake made by the Otter’s goalkeeper. Placing the Lumberjacks on the scoreboard.
The teams came close to scoring for the remainder of the second half of the game, with the Lumberjacks taking seven shots at goal and the otters also attempting seven shots at goal. This scoreless streak ended when the Otter’s George Plakorus scored their third goal with only seventeen seconds remaining in the contest.
The CSUMB head coach Rob Cummings was pleased with the result of the game.
“It was a great conference game,” said Cummings. “Going into the game, we had a lot at stake with HSU’s big win on Friday and seeing SSU win earlier today put more pressure on us, but I think the guys handled it really well.”
“For us to get up on them early set the tempo,” Cummings said. “We are still growing and still understanding how to close games but we stuck to the game plan and it was great way to end the trip on top.”
The HSU head coach, Fred Jungemann, expressed his thoughts about how the games went this last weekend in a press conference.
“In this conferences teams punish if you make a mistake,” Jungemann said. “You don’t need to look very far, just look at Sunday’s game in which CSUMB scored a goal with a few seconds to go. Teams will never feel sorry for you so it’s important to not make mistakes. From our standpoint, I think we are competing in all of these games just to find a way to be more constant.”
Christian River, 20, a student at HSU watched the game and thought the team did a great job even though they came short of winning.
“The guys put up a great fight until the very end,” River said. “They might of lost but I really enjoy seeing them not giving up after the second goal. These guys have a lot of potential and I’m sure they will recover this season.”
HSU has five consecutive road games with one final home game on Nov. 11 against Sonoma State University.