Wondolowski drafted by San Jose Earthquakes
A Chico State men's soccer player has been drafted by a professional team for the second time in less than a year. The San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer chose former Wildcats midfielder Chris Wondolowski, who wrapped up his stellar four-year career in 2004, as the fifth pick of the fourth round of the league's inaugural Supplemental Draft Friday.
Dominic Jakubek, who along with Wondolowski led the Wildcats to the NCAA Division II National Championship match in 2003, was the first-round draft pick of the Milwaukee Wave of the Major Indoor Soccer League on February 28 of last year.
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“This is just an unbelievable thrill,” said Wondolowski. “I love playing soccer and I want to do it for as long as I can, so to have this opportunity is something I've dreamed about for a long time.”
The MLS Supplemental Draft was designed for the first time this season to help teams expand their rosters from 18 to 28 players. Eighteen of those will be considered members of the Senior Roster, while the remaining 10 will be part of the Developmental Roster. The league will field reserve teams this season for the first time, giving developmental players a chance to play in competitive games throughout the season.
Wondolowski caught Earthquakes Head Coach Dominic Kinnear's eye during a Bay Area combine.
“Chris is a player that we had training at our local combine and he impressed the coaching staff,” said Kinnear, an assistant coach on San Jose's 2001 and 2003 MLS Cup Championship teams. “We are looking forward to having him join us in preseason training and seeing what he can do.”
If Wondolowski even approaches the success he had at Chico State, he will be a smashing success as a professional. An accomplished track and field athlete in high school (he ran a 4:15 mile and was recruited by UCLA, among other schools), Wondolowski chose instead to play soccer at Chico State. He leaves Chico State among the school's top three in career goals, assists, and points.
“Chris has represented this University as well as any student-athlete could over the last four years,” said Chico State Head Coach Mike O'Malley. “I'm ecstatic for him. He has the talent to play at that higher level, and just as importantly, he has the attitude it takes to succeed at that level.”
Wondolowski found out about his good fortune from his best friend and former teammate at De La Salle High School in Conord, Noah Merl, who played his college soccer at the University of California. Merl was actually the Earthquakes' third-round selection.
“We've followed each other's careers and we try to hang out as much as possible,” said Wondolowski. “So to find out from him and to know that we have a chance to play together again is really exciting.”
Wondolowski named to 1st Team All-CCAA
Busick and Stanton receive 2nd Team honors
WALNUT CREEK - For the fourth time in four years, Chico State forward Chis Wondolowski has been named First Team All-CCAA by a vote of the league's coaches.
Senior Robbie Bucsick received Second Team All-CCAA honors for the second-straight year, along with teammate Spencer Stanton, a junior.
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Wildcats shut out by Seawolves
CHICO - It was a tough night for the Chico State men's soccer team, losing 2-0 to visiting Sonoma State in the final regular-season California Collegiate Athletic Association match of the season for both teams.
The Wildcats (6-10-4, 4-6-4 CCAA) have struggled offensively much of this season, making this the 11th time the team has been shut out. Sonoma State (12-6-2, 8-5-1 CCAA) has prolonged its season, clinching a berth in the CCAA Championship Tournament earlier this week.
Andrew Bailey did all the damage for the Seawolves, notching a goal in each halves. His first came just ten minutes into the contest when he headed Michael Nathan's long cross from the left side into the back right corner of the net. The insurance goal came in the 74th minute when Tim Maycock had a breakaway up the right side and crossed it to Bailey who punched it in for the score.
The score could have been worse if it wasn't for the exceptional play of Wildcat keeper Scott Doty, who make eight saves on Sonoma's 11 shots. Clark Rupp recorded the shutout, tallying eight saves on Chico's 11 shots.
Both teams had a goal nullified in the second half due to an offsides call.
Before the game, five Wildcat seniors, Chris Wondolowski, Robby Busick, Rusty Phillips, Matthew Doty, and Mike Moll were honored for their years of service to Chico State men's soccer.
Seattle Pacific hat trick does in Wildcats
SEATTLE - James Coggan came off the bench to score three goals as 18th-ranked Seattle Pacific University coasted to a 4-1 non-conference men's soccer win over Chico State at Interbay Stadium Wednesday night.
Coggan entered the game in the 20th minute and broke a scoreless deadlock with 3:25 left in the first half. His second goal came in the 56th minute and he his hat trick in the 72nd minute. Andy Willis also scored for the Falcons (12-2-2), who are unbeaten in their last four games.
Chico State (6-9-4) averted a shutout in the 88th minute. Chris Wondolowski finished a cross from Jason Phillips at the near post, beating SPU back-up keeper Kellen Rosten.
Gators Blank Chico State 3-0
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.- The Gators blanked the Chico State men's soccer team (6-8-4, 4-5-4 CCAA) 3-0 on Sunday. It was the tenth time this season the Wildcats have been shut out.
Steven Reed scored at the 33:51 mark to give the Gators (6-11-1, 5-6-1) the early 1-0 lead. Then less than four minutes later at 37:16 senior Chris Martinez connected on a corner kick by Kevin Soares. Mark Cipolla scored off a ball from Martinezto give the Gators the 3-0 lead at the 39:16 mark.
Both teams played a scoreless second half. San Francisco's Gabe Hall recorded his fourth shutout of the season by recording eight saves in goal for the Gators. Brian Linne recorded nine saves in goal for the Wildcats.
SFSU outshot Chico State 18-16 including 10-4 in the first half.
Another 0-0 tie for men's soccer team
SEASIDE, Calif. - For the fourth time this season the Chico State men's soccer team battled to scoreless tie Friday at Cal State Monterey Bay.
Freshman goalkeeper Brian Linné kept the Wildcats' slim playoff hopes alive with his fifth shutout of the season, making six saves. Chico State, now 4-4-4 in the CCAA, is 6-7-4 overall. With two conference matches remaining, the Wildcats trail Sonoma State by three points (the equivalent of won victory).
Wildcats explode for three late goals, win 3-1
CHICO - Chris Wondolowski, Spencer Stanton, and Keegan Fraschieri all scored in the final 19 minutes to give the Chico State men's soccer team a 3-1 victory over Cal State Stanislaus Wednesday night at University Soccer Stadium.
The host Wildcats had to battle back from a 1-0 deficit thanks to a gorgeous goal by the visiting Warriors in the 59th minute. Tony Amaral started the play with a driving corner kick that Ross Crown flicked on to Julio Espinoza, who buried it far post.
But the Wildcats bounced back with three beautiful goals of their own. Wondolowski tied the match in the 72nd minute when he took Michael Esser's pass and hammered a shot by Warriors goalie Jose Mando Herrera from 12 yards out. Ten minutes later, Jason Phillips' pass left Spencer Stanton with space on top of the box and the team's leading scorer buried a shot into the upper V from 25 yards out to make it 2-0. Keegan Fraschieri capped the scoring with his first collegiate goal after Garrett McCall's cross in the 83rd minute.
The victory kept Chico State (6-7-3, 4-4-3 CCAA) just one point behind CCAA North Division leader Sonoma State in the race for that postseason berth. Cal State Stanislaus fell to 4-12-1 overall and 1-9-1 in the CCAA.
Wildcats edge Coyotes 3-2 on the road
SAN BERNARDINO - Chico State's leading scorer, Spencer Stanton, knocked a goal in the 73rd minute Sunday to give the Wildcats a 3-2 California Collegiate Athletic Association men's soccer victory over host Cal State San Bernardino.
The Wildcats improved to 3-4-3 in the conference and 5-7-3 overall while CSUSB dropped to 4-11 overall and 2-8 in the CCAA
Stanton's team-leading sixth goal of the season came just three minutes after Wildcat All-American Chris Wondolowski tied the match at 2-2 on a header off a pass from Stanton.
Sophomore Tim Lanski put the Coyotes on the board first in the 16th minute, driving a hard shot past Wildcat keeper Brian Linne. It held up for a 1-0 Coyotes lead at halftime.
The Wildcats got the equalizer just five minutes into the second period as Jordan Bryant converted a pass from Jason Phillips from short range.
The Coyotes took the lead back, 2-1, in the 59th minute when Claus Enevoldsen converted a penalty kick.
Chico State was awarded a penalty kick in the 73rd minute but Coyotes goalie Jeff Canada stopped Stanton's try only to have the Wildcats get the match-winner just seconds later as Stanton one-touched a pass from Mike Elenz-Martin inside the far post.
Wildcats scoreless in San Diego
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The scoring drought continues for the Chico State men's soccer team, which lost 1-0 to UC San Diego on the road Friday evening. The Wildcats have now lost three straight and have been shut out eight of their last ten matches.
With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 4-7-3 overall and 2-4-3 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play. The Tritons improve to 6-2-3 overall and 5-2-2 in league action.
After a scoreless first half both teams continued to play tight defense until the Tritons broke through at the 71:40 mark as Kevin Murray tallied his first goal of the season off a pass from Nick Marquand.
As a team the Tritons out-shot the Wildcats by a 13-5 margin. Chico State goalkeeper Brian Linne made eight saves on the night, including three in a row on back-to-back headers from only eight yards out.
UCSD goalkeeper Edward Ruhland picked up his first win of the season with the shutout, making four saves on the evening.
Despite taking eight fewer shots in the match, Chico State managed to take seven corner kicks on the evening, compared to only three for the Tritons. Only 19 fouls were committed in the match, 13 of which went against the Wildcats.
Wildcats shutout by Broncos
CHICO, Calif. - The Chico State men’s soccer team was shutout for the second time this weekend, falling to Cal Poly Pomona 2-0 in a California Collegiate Athletic Association match-up this afternoon in University Soccer Stadium.
Ten minutes into the match, Pomona’s Peter Wallace took a cross from Matthew Barker and buried it from close range for the Broncos first goal. It wasn’t until midway through the second half that Pomona added the insurance goal on a ball Robert Cardenas took from Joe DeVito and carried across the front of the goal to set up the score.
The Broncos outshot the Wildcats 13-9 and Pomona keeper Jeff Coombs recorded four saves in the shutout. Chico had nine corner kick opportunities to Pomona’s three. Fouls were close, 11 for Chico, 10 for Pomona.
Playoff hopes are in jeopardy for both teams, as Chico drops to 4-6-3 overall, 2-3-3 in CCAA play. Pomona stands at 4-8-1, 2-5-1 in conference.
Next weekend Chico State takes on UC San Diego, which leads the South Division and Cal State San Bernardino at the bottom of the standings.
Rematch turns into blowout
CHICO, Calif. The rematch of last season's Western Regional Championship turned into a blowout Friday as Cal State Dominguez Hills hammered host Chico State 5-0 at University Soccer Stadium.
Rick Cobb and Jason Koza scored first-half goals to give the Toros a 2-0 advantage. Kei Kamara, who also assisted on Cobb's goal, scored just under four minutes into the second half to put the game out of reach. Francisco Corona and Jesse Graham added late goals for the Toros, who improved to 9-2-2 overall and 5-0-2 in the CCAA.
Chico State fell to 4-5-3 overall and 2-2-3 in the CCAA. The Wildcats host Cal Poly Pomona Sunday at 3 p.m.
Stanton's hat trick ends scoring drought
CHICO, CA Spencer Stanton made sure that it wouldn't be a sprinkle that ended the Chico State soccer men's soccer team's scoring drought, but instead, a deluge. Stanton earned the Wildcats' first hat trick since 2001 by scoring three of the team's four first-half goals and Chico State handled visiting Cal State Monterey Bay 4-2 Sunday afternoon at University Soccer Stadium.
Chico State had mustered just one goal in its five previous matches, but broke through early and often for a win the Wildcats desperately needed to keep their postseason hopes alive. They also needed the early goals because Monterey Bay was up to some early offense of its own.
The Otters led 1-0 after Jake True's goal in the sixth minute. Stanton scored on a penalty kick in the seventh minute to tie the match at 1-1. But after True found the back of the net again in the 15th minute, it was all Wildcats. Michael Esser sent home Jamie Wilhite's deflected shot to make it 2-2 in the 22nd minute. Stanton's header off Robby Busick's cross in the 24th minute made it 3-2. And Stanton's header off Wilhite's cross in the 39th minute made it 4-2.
Chico State improved to 4-4-3 overall and 2-1-3 in the CCAA with the victory. Cal State Monterey Bay dropped to 2-8-0 overall and 2-4-0 in the CCAA.
The Wildcats will be back in action at home next weekend. They host Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday at 7 p.m. and Cal Poly Pomona Sunday at 3 p.m.
Wildcats continue to struggle
CHICO, CA For the fourth time in five matches, the Chico State men's soccer team was shut out Friday night. The big surprise was, for just the second time in the last 21 matches, the Wildcats gave up more than two goals in a 3-0 loss to Western Washington University at University Soccer Stadium.
It was the seventh straight victory for Western Washington, which improved to 10-2-0 and is ranked No. 4 in the Western Region. Chico State, ranked No. 2 in the nation in the preseason, dropped to 3-4-3.
Ryan Hopp scored twice from in close to give the visiting Vikings as 2-0 halftime advantage. Gus Zadra's goal in the 61st minute finished off the scoring. Despite the lopsided score, the match was actually closely played in every statistical category except goals. Chico State outshot Western Washington 19-15 and took six corner kicks to Western Washington's one. Nevertheless, Hopp and his teammates were too much for Chico State to handle.
Chico State is back in action in a CCAA match Sunday at 3 p.m. against Cal State Monterey Bay.
Stanton's header ends Wildcats' dry spell
TURLOCK, CA Zach Stanton ended Chico State's 526-minute scoring drought with a header in the 81st minute to lift the Wildcats to a 1-0 victory at Cal State Stanislaus Wednesday. Meanwhile, freshman Goalkeeper Brian Linné recorded his fourth shutout in four collegiate starts, as Chico State ended a streak of three consecutive scoreless ties to improve to 1-1-3 in the CCAA and 3-3-3 overall.
In a match that seemed bound for overtime, Mike Elenz-Martin set up Stanton's first collegiate goal with a cross to stun the host Warriors, who fell to 4-7-0 overall and 1-4-0 in the CCAA. Stanton is a freshman defender and the brother of teammate Spencer Stanton.
The Wildcats return home for a nonconference affair Friday against Western Washington at 7 p.m. They host conference foe Cal State Monterey Bay on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Good news, bad news for men on road
It was a good news, bad news weekend for the Chico State men's soccer team over the weekend. As for the good news, the Wildcats' defense remained virtually impenetrable, registering two more shutouts to bring their season total to five in eight games. Unfortunately, the team's offensive drought continued as the Wildcats failed to score for the third and fourth consecutive matches. As a result, the Wildcats tied both Cal State L.A. and Cal State Bakersfield 0-0.
Freshman goalkeeper Brian Linné made four saves against Cal State L.A. Friday and six more saves against Cal State Bakersfield Sunday. He has now collected shutouts in his first three collegiate starts.
Chico State is now 2-3-3 overall and 0-1-3 in the CCAA.
The Wildcats are back in action Friday night at home against Western Washington University at 7 p.m. in a non-conference affair.
Chico State men settle for scoreless tie
CHICO, CA Chico State men's soccer goalkeeper Brian Linné, a true freshman, got his first collegiate match experience Saturday night. It was quite an experience. Linné made nine saves and earned a shutout, but the offense failed to find the net and the Wildcats were forced to settle for a 0-0 tie with San Francisco State Saturday night at University Soccer Stadium.
The Wildcats mustered just seven shots and have now gone 226 minutes without scoring. San Francisco State, on the other hand, fired off 19 shots without success. Chico State is now 2-3-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the CCAA. San Francisco State is 2-5-1 and 1-1-0 in conference play.
Chico State will take the road for three straight matches beginning this Friday at Cal State L.A. before returning home for a non-conference match with Western Washington University Friday, Oct. 1.
Wildcats drop CCAA opener to Sonoma
ROHNERT PARK, Calif- The Sonoma State men’s soccer team scored two second half goals to shut out Chico State 2-0 in the CCAA opener for both schools on Wednesday afternoon in Rohnert Park.
Chico State, dropping their third game in a row, falls to 2-3, 0-1 CCAA on the season. The Seawolves improved to 4-1-1, 1-0 CCAA with the win.
The game, featuring a pair of schools that have played in the last two NCAA Championship games, started slowly with neither team able to establish much rhythm in the first half. The Wildcats held a slight advantage in shots at 4-3, but the Seawolves’ shots were better, with a couple of them clanking off the cross bar. However, after 45 minutes of play the score was knotted at zero.
Tim Maycock got the Seawolves on the board in the 69th minute after a nice pass from Steven Browne left him in a one-on-one situation withthe goalkeeper. Maycock was able to sneak the ball into the net for his team-high fifth goal of the year.
After a Wildcat penalty was committed in the box just over seven minutes later, Travis Ryan knocked in the free opportunity for the insurance goal.
The Wildcats host San Francsico State on Saturday at 4:30. Chico State will honor its men's soccer alumni at halftime of the match.
Wildcats fall to Evergreen State
OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Chico State men's soccer team missed a game-tying penalty kick at the end of the contest, which ended in a 2-1 loss to host Evergreen State.
Evergreen State took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but Chris Wondolowski headed a ball from Keegan Fraschieri into the net in the 64th minute to tie the match.
The Geoducks quickly answered back, regaining the lead just four minutes later on a goal off a restart.
Chico missed its opportunity to tie the game and send it into extra periods when Wondolowski missed a penalty kick late in the game.
The Wildcats travel to Sonoma State on Wednesday for a 4:00 contest. The next home match is Saturday, September 18, when San Francisco State comes to town at 4:30.
'Cats drop showdown with No. 11 Seattle Unviversity
SEATTLE, Wash In one of the nation's biggest matches of the early season, No. 2 Chico State and No. 11 Seattle University did not disappoint, as the host Redhawks held off a late Chico State rally to claim a 3-2 victory Friday.
The Wildcats' Spencer Stanton scored both of Chico State's goals in the final 25 minutes of action. But defensively, where Stanton and a number of Wildcats normally shine, Chico State struggled. The Wildcats had gone 13 consecutive matches without allowing more than two goals before Friday. During that stretch, the team had allowed only eight goals, and none in 191-plus minutes of action this season. But Seattle's Jacob Besagno headed in a free kick in the 38th minute to end that streak. And then Cameron Weaver gave the Redhawks a 2-0 lead with another header on a restart in the 42nd minute.
Chico State fought back, drawing to 2-1 on Stanton's header off Chris Wondolowski's free kick in the 58th minute, but Bobby McAlister gave Seattle a cushion when he scored his eighth goal of the season on a breakaway in the 85th minute. Chico State battled back to make it 3-2 on Stanton's unassisted goal after a scramble in front of the net two minutes later, but failed to convert on an equalizer.
Chico State fell to 2-1 on the season with the loss, while Seattle University improved to 6-0. The Redhawks have now defeated all five CCAA teams they have faced this season.
Chico State is back in action Sunday when it faces Evergreen State at noon in Olympia, Washington.
Wildcats remain No. 2 in nation; face No. 11 Seattle Friday
The Chico State men's soccer team has picked up right where it left off in 2003. The Wildcats, 2003 national finalists, are off to a 2-0 start thanks to home wins against Montana State-Billings and Humboldt State last week. The Wildcats, ranked No. 2 in the preseason, remain at No. 2 in the NSCAA/adidas national rankings. Defending national champion Lynn University is still No. 1.
One of the Wildcats' biggest tests of the year will be Friday at 4 p.m. when the team travels to face No. 11 Seattle University (4-0). Chico State is the top-ranked team in the West Region, while Seattle is No. 2. The Redhawks have already defeated highly-regarded Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal Poly Pomona at home. Bobby McAlister has led the way, scoring seven goals in the team's first four matches.
Chico State defeated Seattle University 3-2 at home last season thanks to Chris Wondolowski's game-winning goal in the 76th minute.
No. 2 Wildcats win, record another shutout
Wondolowski registers goal, assist
CHICO, CA Another shutout for the defense. Another goal and another assist for Chris Wondolowski. It was just another day at the office for the Chico State men's soccer team.
The Wildcats shut out visiting Montana State-Billings 2-0 Monday night in front of 393 fans at Chico State's University Soccer Stadium. It was the team's fifth shutout in the last 10 matches, dating back to last season. The Wildcats, currently ranked No. 2 in the nation, are 9-1 and have allowed only five goals during that span.
Chico State is now 2-0 in 2004, while Montana State-Billings dipped to 1-1.
Sophomore goalie Scott Doty collected his second shutout in two matches, tallying a pair of saves and playing well with the ball in the air. Returning defensive stalwarts Robby Busick and Spencer Stanton have also been key, as the Wildcats indoctrinate a number of freshman to the defense early on.
Wondolowski, meanwhile, continues his assault on the Chico State record books. He now has 35 career goals, nine shy of record-holder Ben Pollock. His assist Monday was the 22nd of his career, moving him into fifth place all-time. He needs seven more to match Pollock's career mark of 29. He is also closing in on Pollock's all-time points mark of 117. Wondolowski, second on the list, now has 92.
Wondolowski set up transfer Mike Elenz-Martin's first goal as a Wildcat with a through ball into the box. Elenz-Martin buried it from 15 yards out to make it 1-0 in the 40th minute. Wondolowski put the game away by converting a penalty kick in the 85th minute. The penalty kick was set up by true freshman Jamie Wilhite and Jaime Rodriguez. As Rodriguez was running down Wilhite's dangerous cross, Montana State-Billings goalkeeper Jess Feldtman tackled Rodriguez in the box.
Chico State will now hit the road for three matches before opening its home California Collegiate Athletic Association slate against San Francisco State September 18 at 3 p.m.
Second-ranked Wildcats win opener in overtime
CHICO, CA The Chico State men's soccer team is picking up right where it left off in 2003. The Wildcats, ranked No. 2 in the nation, got a game-winning goal from Rusty Phillips in the opening minute of the second overtime period to defeat visiting Humboldt State University in the season opener for both teams Thursday night at University Soccer Stadium.
Humboldt State hung in valiantly against Chico State, which returns five starters from the team that went all the way to the national championship match last season. The Wildcats dominated much of the play, but couldn't gain the advantage despite outshooting the visiting Lumberjacks 22-3 before finally breaking through, much to the delight of the 693 fans.
On the game-winning play, Jaime Rodriguez, who failed to convert on the best scoring chance in regulation, made amends, fighting past two defenders and then setting up Phillips on the game winner.
Scott Doty earned his first career shutout in goal for Chico State, though he was never forced to make a save.
Chico State is back in action at home Monday night against Montana State-Billings at 7 p.m.
Portland freshman signs NLI for 2004 season
CHICO - Chico State men's soccer coach Mike O'Malley announced the signing of A.J. Carboneau to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Wildcats in 2004.
The 6-foot-2 Carboneau is a First Team All-State forward out of Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon. He also received All-Conference and Conference Player of the Year for the Mt. Hood Conference.
We are very fortunate to attract the soccer talents of A.J. He has good size, solid skills and runs a sub-50 second 400 meters, said O'Malley. He has a great team attitude and his character should fit in well with our returning players.
Carboneau will join 14 returners from last year's 21-5-1 team that competed in the final match of the NCAA D-II National Championship in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Wildcats open the 2004 season at home against Humboldt State University, August 26.