2006 Season

Wildcats outshoot 22nd-ranked SPU, but get outscored 3-2
CHICO – The Chico State men’s soccer team outshot 22nd-ranked Seattle Pacific 16-6 Thursday night. But the Falcons had the larger number in the column that counts the most and left University Soccer Stadium with a 3-2 victory.

The match opened the season for both teams. Seattle Pacific, picked by Great Northwest Athletic Conference coaches to share its conference’s title, got goals from Jeff Hallenbeck, James Coggan, and Andy Wolverton.

Chico State, picked by California Collegiate Athletic Association coaches to finish second in the CCAA North Division, got goals from A.J. Carboneau and Byron Salata. Garrett McCall dished out a pair of assists.

Much to the delight of the 425 fans in attendance, Carboneau staked the Wildcats to a 1-0 lead with a blast to the near post from 12 yards out. McCall set the play in motion, charging toward the goal from the midfield stripe to just outside of the box where he found Zac Crim in stride. Crim used one touch and turned quickly to find Carboneau unmarked in the box. A transfer from Walla Walla Community College, Crim had entered the game just minutes earlier for his first action in a Chico State uniform.

Seattle Pacific answered in the 28th minute when Hallenbeck connected from 20 yards out on a free kick after a pair of Chico State defenders got tangled up with Jeff Coggan.

The Falcons took the lead for good just four minutes into the second half when Jeff Coggan cross to James Coggan, who guided the ball past Chico State goalie Brian Linné.

Seattle Pacific made it 3-1 with Wolverton’s goal in the 69th minute. Cory Sinser set things in motion by beating two defenders on his way down the right side before finding James Coggan running through the right side of the box. Coggan quickly crossed the ball to Wolverton, who was all alone and had plenty of time to size up the goal and beat Linné far post.

Chico State pulled to within striking distance with Salata’s header off McCall’s corner in the 84th minute, but failed to bury to equalizer in the closing minutes.

With the victory, its fourth straight against Chico State, Seattle Pacific tied the all-time series 16-16-1.

Chico State hits the road for a four-match swing through Hawaii beginning Tuesday with a match at BYU Hawaii.

Wildcats sign experience and youth for 2007 season
The Chico State Men’s Soccer program recently signed experienced veteran Scott Lucky and talented freshman Zach Bradford to National Letters of Intent to play for the Wildcats next season.

Lucky, a 22-year-old junior college transfer, comes to the Wildcats with three years of eligibility and plans to major in kinesiology. He is currently completing his fourth season with the 2006 NPSL Championship Sacramento Knights, where he has started the last three years in the midfield.

In addition to his play with the Knights, Lucky has competed the last two years for the U-23 Northern California Select Team and was also a member of a 2006 National Indoor Championship team with Off the Wall Soccer in Sacramento in the Premier Arena Soccer League.

“We are extremely pleased that Scott will be joining our team,” says Head

Coach Mike O’Malley. “He has the ability, experience, and maturity to step in and make an impact his first year. Scott is a very serious soccer player who works extremely hard and covers a lot of ground. In short, he’s a winner.”

Lucky’s junior college experience was with Consumes River in 2003, where he earned MVP and All-Conference honors. Consumes was ranked No. 3 in the Nation and finished as a California State Championship finalist. His prep soccer was played at Bella Vista High School in Sacramento where he led the team in assists and earned First Team All-Conference honors.

Bradford comes to Chico from Westview High School in Portland, Oregon, where he earned All-State honors, First Team All-Conference, and was a team captain. Westview was an Oregon State Championship finalist two of the three years Bradford played varsity soccer for the Wildcats.

Bradford, who is interested in studying computer science or business administration at Chico State, is captain of his current club team, which won the Oregon State Championship in early May.

“We are very pleased to get Zach,” said O’Malley. “He is a good, versatile soccer player with a lot of confidence and very strong leadership skills.”

Wildcats sign two more for next season
Chico State men’s soccer coach Mike O’Malley announced the recent signing of junior college transfer Zac Crim and freshman Manuel Verduzco to National Letters of Intent to play for the Wildcats next season.

Crim is a two-time All-Conference player out of Walla Walla Community College in Washington. After leading his team in scoring his freshman year with 15 goals and seven assists, Crim moved back to center midfield where he chalked up 21 assists and five goals last season. Crim also played two seasons of basketball for the Walla Walla Warriors. He was an All-State selection in both soccer and basketball at Boran High School in Boise, Idaho.

“We are very excited about acquiring Zac,” O’Malley said. “He’s very strong in the air all over the field. His athleticism and fitness allow him to compete at a high level.”

Verduzco is a four-time First Team All-Conference player out of Oakdale High School, where he competed all four years on the varsity squad. His teams won the section championship his first three years. Last year he was named the team’s MVP after leading the Mustangs with 16 goals, along with 11 assists. Verduzco is also receiving a National Science Foundation scholarship through the MESA Engineering Program at Chico State to study mechanical engineering.

“Manuel is an exceptional student-athlete,” said O’Malley. “He was able to practice with our team recently and his turnover ratio was amazing for a high school player. He plays with composure and he brings his intelligence to the field. I’m excited about his potential.”

Wildcats sign local talent for 2007 season
The Chico State men's soccer program announced the recent signing of Chico High School standout Chia Thao to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Wildcats next season. Thao was a four-year varsity starter in the midfield for the Panthers and earned All-EAL honors his junior and senior seasons.

“Chia Thao brings several qualities to our soccer program, including a unique and attractive style of play adopted from our local Hmong soccer community,” said Head Coach Mike O'Malley. “He is an impressive young man both on the field and in the classroom.”

Thao will graduate with honors this spring and plans to major in civil engineering.

Gardner, Phillips named First Team All-Far West Region
Chico State senior midfielder Jason Phillips and junior defender Mike Gardner have both earned spots on the 2006 National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas All-Far West Region team. Eleven players in the region earned First Team honors.

Phillips’ honor is the culmination of a decorated four-year career. He helped lead the team to the NCAA Championship match as a freshman. He was an Honorable Mention All-California Collegiate Athletic Association choice as a junior. This season, he earned First Team All-CCAA honors and has now earned his first All-Region honor. Phillips tied for team-high honors in goals (6) and assists (3) this season.

Gardner, who also earned Daktronics First Team All-Region honors, which is chosen by the region’s sports information directors, was recently named the team’s Most Valuable Player. He anchored a defense that allowed a CCAA-low 13 goals in 16 conference matches. The transfer from UCLA also notched a pair of goals and an assist.

Chico State soccer alum Chris Wondolowski wins MLS Cup
Chris Wondolowski, a four-year player for Chico State (2001-04) is a member of the Houston Dynamo, which claimed the 2006 MLS Cup Championship, topping the New England Revolution 4-3 on penalty kicks after the teams played to a 1-1 draw through regulation and extra time. Although Wondolowski did not play in the MLS Playoffs, he saw action in six regular-season matches for the Dynamo.
MLS Championship story
Wondolowski's career

Gardner First Team All-Region
Chico State defender Mike Gardner was named Daktronics First Team All-West Region in an announcement made Tuesday. Gardner, a transfer from UCLA, led the stingiest defense in the California Collegiate Athletic Association this season. The Wildcats allowed just 12 goals in 16 conference matches this season.

Gardner, a junior, also helped the team record eight shutouts on the way to a 9-9-1 record. Offensively, he notched a pair of goals and an assist this season.

Players selected to the first team will be listed on the Daktronics All-American ballot.  The All-American team will be announced on November 27th.

Daktronics Far West 1st team
F – Morten Marthinsen, Cal State L.A., Jr.
F – Jason Cascio, Seattle, Jr.
F – Andrew Bailey, Sonoma State, So.
MF – John Fishbaugher, Seattle, Jr.
MF – Jesse Graham, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Sr.
MF – David Hague, Grand Canyon, Sr.
D – LJ Reinhardt, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Sr.
D – Mike Gardner, Chico State, Jr.
D – Brett Cook, Sonoma State, Sr.
D – Matt Kemper, Seattle Pacific, Jr.
GK – Kyle Polak, Dominguez Hills, Sr.

Daktronics Far West 2nd-team
F – Colin Rigby, Seattle Pacific, Sr.
F – Derrek Horn, Cal State L.A., Jr.
F – Pat Thomas, Seattle, Sr.
F – Dennis Idrissa, Cal State L.A., Jr.
MF – Nathan Medina, Sonoma State, So.
MF – Jeff Hallenbeck, Seattle Pacific, Jr.
MF – Mark Moreira, UC San Diego, Sr.
D – Zlatan Sahmoanovic, Humboldt State, So.
D – David Ruehl, Seattle Pacific, Sr.
D – Adam Jensen, Seattle, Sr.
D – Robbie Handy, Cal State Stansislaus, Sr.
D – Hans Esterhuizen, Seattle, Sr.
GK – Kellen Rosten, Seattle Pacific, Jr.
GK – Franco Carontenuto, Grand Canyon, So.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Andrew Bailey, So, F, Sonoma State

Gardner, Phillips named First Team All-CCAA
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Chico State midfielder Jason Phillips and defender Mike Gardner each earned First Team All-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors it was announced Thursday at the CCAA Championship Tournament banquet, hosted by UC San Diego.

Goalkeeper Brian Linne earned Second Team All-CCAA honors, and forward A.J. Carboneau earned Honorable Mention All-CCAA.

Gardner anchored the stingiest defense in the CCAA. The Wildcats allowed just 14 goals in 16 conference matches. Phillips, a fourth-year senior, led the Wildcats with six goals and three assists this season. Linne finished second in the CCAA with seven assists. Carboneau, just a sophomore, finished the season with six goals and an assist.

Complete 2006 All-CCAA teams

Men's soccer team finishes season with double-overtime loss
CHICO - In need of a win to advance to the postseason, the Chico State men’s soccer team pushed forward in an attempt to break a 1-1 deadlock. That left them vulnerable defensively, and Steven Browne made them pay. Browne scored 31 seconds into the second overtime to lift 16th-ranked Sonoma State to a 2-1 victory that ended the Wildcats’ season Sunday at University Soccer Stadium.

The Wildcats gave themselves a great chance to win against the conference’s top team. A.J. Carboneau tied the match 1-1 early in the second half when he took Mike Gardner’s pass over the top of the defense, touched it once, and rocketed it past the charging goalkeeper.

Chico State could not find the back of the net again, however, despite the fact that Sonoma State played a man down following Nathan Medina’s red card in the 37th minute.

Ross Middlemiss headed in Mike Travis’ restart from the corner for Sonoma State first goal in the 17th minute. The Seawolves finished the regular season 14-5-1 overall and 13-2-1 in the CCAA. They enter the CCAA Championship Tournament as its top seed. Chico State finished its season 9-9-1 overall and 8-7-1 in the CCAA.

Playoff hopes still alive, Wildcats tie Lumberjacks
CHICO - Despite tying with Humboldt State tonight, 2-2, the Chico State men’s soccer team can still clinch a CCAA Championship berth if they win on Sunday against Sonoma State in their final match of the season.

Game time is 3:00 with the team’s four seniors being honored before kickoff. If the Wildcats (9-8-1, 8-6-1 CCAA) lose or tie on Sunday, they’ll need some help from the other games in order to earn a spot in the conference tournament being held next weekend at UC San Diego.

It was a flurry of activity in the first half of the match tonight in front of a crowd of 677 people. The Wildcats got on the board early when Jason Phillips gathered Nic Munley’s shot attempt which had been deflected by the Humboldt keeper, and found the back of the net for his team-high sixth goal.

The Lumberjacks (11-5-3, 7-5-3) answered back in the 15th minute when Chico’s keeper couldn’t hang on to a cross from Humboldt’s Lance Pimentel and Matt Colwell finished it off for the goal.

Chico wasted no time when just 39 seconds later they took the lead again when Evan Armstrong shot one hard off the keeper and then got to it again to put it in the net for his fourth goal this season.

Humboldt tied it up on a long shot by Kevin Maxwell from the right side that was centered high over the keeper’s head and out of reach.

The score remained tied throughout the second half and both overtimes, despite good efforts by both sides.

Chico played a man short for the final 32 minutes of the match, due to a second yellow card to Ian Hilgart-Martiszus.

Playoff berths, seeding on the line as Wildcats host Humboldt, Sonoma this weekend
CHICO, Calif. – The Chico State women’s soccer team has already clinched a spot in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. The only thing on the line for the Wildcats this weekend will be the tournament's top seed. The men’s soccer team, on the other hand, enters the final two matches of the regular season in a five-team scrum for the final two spots in the conference championship tournament.

One thing that is for sure – this weekend is shaping up to be a memorable one for fans of Chico State soccer. Humboldt State will be in town Friday to face the Chico State women at 4:30 and the men at 7 p.m. Sunday, the women will face Sonoma State at 12:30 and the men will face the rival Seawolves at 3 p.m.

The Chico State women, ranked No. 21 in the nation, are currently riding a seven-match winning streak, just one shy of the school record set last season. At 12-2-3 overall and 12-1-1 in the CCAA, they also have the highest season winning percentage in school history and have shattered the school record for conference victories. The 'Cats, who currently lead UC San Diego in the conference standings by two points, 37-35 (three points are awarded for a win, one for a tie, and zero for a loss) would clinch the top seed with two wins this weekend, one win and one UC San Diego loss, or two UC San Diego losses. By virtue of their victory over UC San Diego earlier this season, if the teams wind up with the same amount of points, Chico State will earn the top seed.

In Humboldt State, the Wildcats will face one of three teams vying for the fourth and final berth in the championship tournament, and a team that handed them one of the two blemishes on their conference record with a 1-1 tie earlier this season in Arcata. Sonoma State is the only CCAA team to beat Chico State this season thanks to a 1-0 result in Rohnert Park. The Seawolves need one victory this weekend to clinch a playoff spot.

After starting the season with just four wins in their first nine matches, the Chico State men, 9-8-0 overall and 8-6-0 in the CCAA, have recorded five shutouts in their last eight matches to vault back into the playoff hunt. The Wildcats control their own playoff destiny and would advance to the CCAA Championship Tournament with a pair of wins or a win and a tie this weekend. They could clinch a spot Friday, in fact, with a win and a Cal State Dominguez Hills loss or tie at Cal State Monterey Bay.

But any loss this weekend could possibly crush the Wildcats' postseason hopes. With 24 points (teams receive three wins for a win, one for a tie, and zero for a loss), the Wildcats are one of five teams separated by four points in the hunt for the two remaining playoff spots. Sonoma State has clinched the CCAA North Division title and one berth, and the South Division champion – Cal State L.A. (24 points), Cal State Dominguez Hills (22), or Cal Poly Pomona (21) – will earn the second berth. The remaining two teams will vie with Cal State Stanislaus (25), Chico State, and Humboldt State (23) for other remaining two.

The Wildcats would end Humboldt State's bid to overtake them with a win Friday night. They defeated the Lumberjacks 1-0 earlier this season in Arcata. Sunday, the Wildcats will attempt to snap a six-match losing streak against Sonoma State, ranked No. 16 in the country. The Seawolves defeated the Wildcats 1-0 earlier this season in Rohnert Park.

UC San Diego will host the men’s and women’s CCAA Championship Tournament Oct. 27-29.

Munley money as Wildcats smash SF State
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Nic Munley scored the first two goals of his collegiate career to lift the Chico State men’s soccer team to a 3-0 victory at San Francisco State Sunday. The win moves the Wildcats one step closer to earning a spot in the CCAA Championship Tournament.

Chico State improved to 9-8 overall and 8-6 in the CCAA. With two wins in their final two regular season matches next weekend – versus Humboldt State Friday at 7 p.m. and Sonoma State Sunday at 3 p.m. – the Wildcats would secure a postseason berth.

Munley opened the scoring in the third minute when he drove home A.J. Carboneau’s pass. Munley made it 2-0 when he scored off Adam Raish’s long throw in. Evan Armstrong made it 3-0 in the 84th minute when he sent John Doran’s shot off the post into the back of the net.

Brian Linné made two saves to earn the shutout in goal for the Wildcats.

Jimenez helps Wildcats earn crucial victory
SEASIDE – Junior Sebastian Jimenez scored the first goal of his career and A.J. Carboneau also found the back of the net as the Chico State men's soccer team earned a crucial 2-0 victory at Cal State Monterey Bay Friday afternoon.

The Wildcats improved to 8-8-0 overall and 7-6-0 in the CCAA while gaining valuable ground in the race for one of the four spots in the CCAA Championship Tournament with just three matches remaining in the regular season.

Carboneau opened the scoring in the fourth minute by driving home Jason Phillips' corner kick. Jimenez found the back of the net in the 63rd minute thanks to an assist from Garrett McCall.

Dan Dickson played the first 50-plus minutes in goal for the Wildcats to earn his first collegiate victory between the posts. Brian Linné finished the shutout.

Chico State will finish ups its regular season road schedule Sunday with a 3 p.m. match at San Francisco State.

The Wildcats will wrap up the regular season with home matches against Humboldt State Friday, Oct. 20 and Sonoma State Sunday, Oct. 22.

Wildcats' late rally falls short
LOS ANGELES – The Chico State men’s soccer team scored late against Cal State L.A., but it wasn’t enough as they fell 2-1 at Jesse Owens Track on Sunday afternoon. 

The Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute of the first half, then added a second unassisted goal in the 80th minute of the second half to go up 2-0.

A.J. Carboneau put Chico State within reach by netting an unassisted goal in the second half with just over six minutes remaining in the contest.

The Golden Eagles improve to 8-6-1 overall, and 7-5 in conference play.

Chico State (7-8, 6-6 CCAA) continues to battle for a spot in the conference tournament with a 3 p.m. game at CSU Monterey Bay on Friday, and again on Sunday at San Francisco State at 3 p.m.

First-half goals hurt Wildcats
BAKERSFIELD - The Chico State men’s soccer team gave up three first-half goals as they fell to Cal State Bakersfield on the road, 4-1, on Friday evening.

The 'Runners scored in the 9th, 17th and 29th minutes of the first half and added their final goal in the 65th minute.

Alexander Oceguera scored Chico State's goal unassisted in the second half with 12 minutes remainin in the contest.

With a flurry of offensive activity in the final minutes, the Wildcats outshot the 'Runners 19-16 in the match, but had fewer shots on goal (7-6).

It was the most goals the Wildcats (7-7-0, 6-5-0 CCAA) had given up since they came up short in a 4-3 loss to Seattle Pacific to open the season

The Roadrunners improve to 10-3-2 overall, 6-3-2 in conference play.

Chico State continues its Southern California tip with a 12:30 game at Cal State L.A. on Sunday.

Wildcats drop 1-0 decision to Cal State Stanislaus
CHICO – Both teams were playing for the third time in five days when the Chico State men’s soccer team faced off against visiting Cal State Stanislaus Tuesday at University Soccer Stadium. So it was no surprise when an error of fatigue led to the lone goal of the match. Frank Coehlo stole a pass about 30 yards from the Chico State goal and slotted it through to Artemio Artega, who beat Wildcats goalkeeper Dan Dickson one-on-one to lift Cal State Stanislaus to the 1-0 victory.

The loss was just the second at home this season for Chico State, which dipped to 7-6-0 overall and 6-4-0 in the CCAA. Cal State Stanislaus moved to 6-8-0 overall and 5-5-0 in the CCAA.

The Wildcats, who outshot Cal State Stanislaus 13-9, had their chances. But the Stanislaus defense limited the Wildcats to just a pair of shots on goal.

The visiting Warriors were limited to three shots on goal and had a chance to put the game away late with a penalty kick after Alexander Oceguera tripped up Coehlo in the box. But Dickson went low and to his left to stop Kyle Lindquist's attempt.

Chico State will begin a four-match road trip this Friday with a 7 p.m. match at Cal State Bakersfield.

Another match, another shutout win for men's soccer
CHICO - Another day turned into another shutout for goalkeeper Brian Linné and the Chico State men’s soccer team. Evan Armstrong and Mike Gardner scored second-half goals as the Wildcats defeated Cal Poly Pomona 2-0 Sunday at University Soccer Stadium. The Wildcats have now shut out six of their last nine opponents to improve to 7-5-0 overall and 6-3-0 in the CCAA.

Chico State, which has allowed just three goals in those nine games, now boasts the second best record in the CCAA thanks to three shutouts in a row. Cal Poly Pomona fell to 5-5-2 overall and 3-4-2 in the CCAA with the loss.

Strong goalkeeping by Cal Poly Pomona’s Ryan Thomas kept the match scoreless in the opening half. He made a trio of saves, and a Jason Phillips header bounded off the crossbar.

The Wildcats, who notched nine shots on goal to Cal Poly Pomona’s two, were not to be denied in the second half. The broke through in the 51st minute when Garrett McCall dished a pass from the middle of the box out to Armstrong on the edge, and he blasted it into the side netting at the far post from 15 yards away.

Chico State made it 2-0 in the 82nd minute when Jason Phillips touched a free kick to Mike Gardner, who found the back of the net from 24 yards.

Linné, meanwhile, made a pair of saves and came off his line on a number of occasions to stop scoring threats.

The Wildcats are back in action Tuesday when they host Cal State Stanislaus at 4:30.

Carboneau scores twice in Wildcat shutout
CHICO - A.J. Carboneau kick-started the offense for the men’s soccer team, and the defense just kept cruising along in a 3-0 victory over Cal State San Bernardino Friday at University Soccer Stadium. Carboneau scored twice in the second half and the Wildcats earned their fifth shutout in their last eight matches.

Chico State improved to 6-5-0 overall, 5-3-0 in the CCAA, and 5-1 at home with the win. Cal State San Bernardino fell to 4-5-2 overall and 3-3-2 in the CCAA.

Chico State finished with a 13-6 advantage in shots, and a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal. None was prettier than Jason Phillips bender off a free kick from 20 yards out that gave Chico State a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute.

The match remained 1-0 until Garrett McCall set up a sprinting Carboneau beautifully with a pass over the head of a defender and right to his feet. That left him with only hard-charging goalkeeper Lucas Pepi to beat, and he did so with a chip shot from 25 yards out.

Less than three minutes later, Carboneau combined with Evan Armstrong on an overlapping run and beat Pepi far post to make it 3-0.

Brian Linné made a pair of saves to cinch down his fifth shutout of the year for the Wildcats.

With the win, Chico State kept pace with CCAA North Division leader Sonoma State (a 2-1 winner over UC San Diego Friday) and is now tied with Cal State L.A. for the conference’s second-best record.

Friday marked the first of three home matches in five days for the Wildcats. They host Cal Poly Pomona Sunday at 3 p.m., and Cal State Stanislaus Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

Wildcats snap road skid
ARCATA - Anyone who has watched the Chico State men’s soccer team in action recently knew their road woes would soon be ending. Sunday, they did. With a 1-0 victory at Humboldt State, the Wildcats snapped their 13-match road winless streak and, perhaps more importantly, kept themselves in the thick of the race for a spot in the CCAA Championship Tournament.

The Wildcats played North Division leader Sonoma State very tough before falling 1-0. But they improved to 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the CCAA with their shutout victory over Humboldt State.

Against Humboldt State, the Wildcats scored the game’s lone goal in the 58th minute. Alexander Oceguera won the ball during a scramble in front of the net and touched it to Evan Armstrong, who scored his first collegiate goal.

Linné and the red-hot Chico State defense did the rest. Linné made four saves as Humboldt State mustered just eight shots all day. The Wildcats have now shutout four of their last seven opponents and allowed just three goals during that span.

Chico State has a great opportunity to solidify it’s standing among the conference’s best teams when it plays host to three matches in five days beginning Friday. The Wildcats host Cal State San Bernardino Friday at 4:30, Cal Poly Pomona Sunday at 3 p.m., and Cal State Stanislaus Tuesday at 4:30.

Wildcats drop key showdown to Sonoma 1-0
ROHNERT PARK - Chico State goalkeeper Brian Linné made six saves to keep the Wildcats in the match, but the offense failed to break through in a 1-0 loss at Sonoma State Friday.

The Wildcats were outshot 18-4, including 11-2 in the first half, but it wasn't until Mike Travis scored in the 57th minute that the scoreless deadlock was broken.

Chico State fell to 4-5-0 overall and 3-3-0 in the CCAA with the loss. The Wildcats are at Humboldt State Sunday for a 3 p.m. match. Sonoma State improved to 7-3-0 overall and 6-0-0 in the CCAA.

Goal with four seconds left sinks Wildcats
CHICO - Chico State’s men’s soccer players proved two things this weekend: they plan to be a major player in the race for the CCAA Championship, and they play a game that can break your heart.

Coming off a 1-0 upset victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills, the Wildcats outplayed UC San Diego all day Sunday, but the Tritons scored with four seconds remaining in the second and final overtime period to sneak home with a 1-0 win.

Chico State outshot the Tritons 17-7, dominated possession, and had allowed just one shot on goal through 109-plus minutes of play before Mark Moreira knocked home Tony Choi's flick on a loose ball in the box with :04 remaining in the match. Matt Horne also had an assist on the play.

UC San Diego (5-1-1, 4-0-1 CCAA) remained unbeaten in conference action with the win. Chico State fell to 4-4-0 overall and 3-2-0 in the CCAA.

The Wildcats will hit the road next weekend for huge North Division showdowns at Sonoma State (Friday at 1:30 p.m.) and Humboldt State (Sunday at 3 p.m.). They’ll be back at home Friday, Sept. 29, for 4:30 showdown with Cal State San Bernardino.

Oceguera, Linné lift Wildcats to shutout win
CHICO - Alexander Oceguera scored the game’s lone goal in the 39th minute and Brian Linné made five saves en route to his third straight home shutout as the Chico State men’s soccer team beat 15th-ranked Cal State Dominguez Hills 1-0 at University Soccer Stadium Friday.

The Wildcats, who have now won five straight at home, improved to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the CCAA. Cal State Dominguez Hills dropped to 6-2-0 overall and 2-2-0 in the CCAA.

Oceguera, who would later miss his second goal of the night by inches when he fired one off the crossbar, did not miss on his first attempt. John Doran put the play in motion with a sharp cross that Ivan Velasco flicked on to Oceguera with his heal. Oceguera pounded it home for his first goal of the season.

The Wildcats missed out on a trio of great chances in the second half and then withstood a furious late rally by the Toros to hold on for the victory. Linné did most of his best work in the first half, however, collecting four saves. In the second half, the Wildcats defense bent, but did not break, allowing only one shot on goal.

Chico State is back in action at home Sunday against UC San Diego at 3 p.m.

Wildcats nipped as road woes continue
TURLOCK - The road woes continued for the Chico State men's soccer team with a 1-0 loss at Cal State Stanislaus Wednesday afternoon. The Wildcats are now 0-11-2 in their last 13 games away from University Soccer Stadium.

Brian Linné made five saves to keep the Wildcats close, but they could not find the back of the net and fell to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the CCAA.

Cal State Stanislaus (4-3, 3-0 CCAA) broke the scoreless tie when Dominic Figueroa collected a loose ball in front of the net and drilled it home with under a minute to play before the half.

Linné made five saves for the Wildcats, who were outshot 13-9.

Linné, 'Cats earn second straight shutout
CHICO - For the second time in the three days, the Chico State men's soccer team held its opponent scoreless in a 2-0 victory over visiting Cal State Monterey Bay Sunday afternoon at University Soccer Stadium. Brian Linné made three second-half saves and the Wildcats defense limited the Otters to six shots.

Jason Phillips and Adam Raish notched goals for the Wildcats, who improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. Cal State Monterey Bay, which has not played a non-conference match, dipped to 0-3.

Phillips scored his team-high fourth goal in the 23rd minute off an assist by Keegan Fraschieri. Phillips got the pass in stride outside of the box, dribbled toward his two defenders, and then cut back to the outside before drilling a low liner inside the far post from about 16 yards.

Raish, the team's lone freshman starter, came all the way from his defender position and got a rare scoring opportunity. He received the ball at midfield and simply took the space the defense allowed him before blasting a low shot to the far post from 25 yards out.

Chico State hosts 14th-ranked Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday at 4:30 p.m. and UC San Diego Sunday at 3 p.m.

Wildcats open CCAA action with 1-0 win
CHICO - A strange goal from 52 yards out led to a familiar result in the Chico State men’s soccer team’s CCAA opener. Mike Gardner’s free kick from near midfield bounced over the head of San Francisco State goalkeeper Jaxon Roberts and into the back of the net for the game’s only goal. The Wildcats, 1-0 winners, are now 12-0-1 against the Gators at home since 1994.

Chico State improved to 2-2 overall, 1-0 in CCAA play, with its second straight win. San Francisco State fell to 3-2, 0-1 in conference.

Roberts’ first-half mistake may have ultimately cost San Francisco State the match, but his second-half heroics kept the Gators in it. Roberts made five second-half saves, many of which seemed ticketed for the back of the net.

Chico State goalkeeper Brian Linné made four saves to earn the shutout. His first, on a header by Brett Boyson very early in the first half, was spectacular.

The Wildcats return to action Sunday when they host Cal State Monterey Bay in a 3 o’clock match.

Wildcats dominate second half of 3-1 win
After going a game-and-a-half without scoring, the ’Cats finally got let out of the bag in the second half Wednesday. The Chico State men’s soccer team scored three goals during a 33-minute stretch of the second half and earned its first win of the season, 3-1, in the 2006 home opener against Western Washington University.

Chico State (1-2-0) mustered just five shots in the first half, while Western Washington (0-6-0) managed only three. And none of the shots threatened the back of the net. Much to the delight of the 424 fans in attendance, the second half was a completely different story.

Jason Phillips volleyed home Ian Hilgart-Martiszus’ cross seven minutes into the second half to break the scoreless deadlock. Eight minutes later, A.J. Carboneau took Gavin Edgell’s pass near the edge of the box, beat two defenders, and then beat Vikings goalkeeper Michael Lockwood near post to give the Wildcats a 2-0 advantage.

Western Washington closed the gap to 2-1 when Jacob Haddock rocketed a free kick just inside the near post from 20 yards out. But Chico State put the finishing touches on the victory with the prettiest goal of the night. Kris Schauer dribbled through a pair of defenders to create the opportunity. He then connected with Phillips on a give-and-go that left him one-on-one with the goalkeeper. Schauer slipped a shot past a charging Lockwood to make it 3-1 in the 83rd minute.

Chico State has now nine of its last 12 home openers.

The Wildcats open California Collegiate Athletic Association play Friday when they host San Francisco State at 7 p.m.

Men's soccer team falls at 9th-ranked SPU
SEATTLE, Wash. — The Chico State men’s soccer team was the latest victim of Seattle Pacific’s stifling home defense Saturday. SPU earned its ninth shutout in its last 10 home matches with a 3-0 victory over the Wildcats at Interbay Stadium.

Charging SPU goalkeeper Kellin Rosten charged and blocked Kris Schauer’s shot in the 47th minute in what proved to be the Wildcats best chance to score. At the time, it would have been the equalizer. The Falcons added a pair of late goals to round out the scoring.

Chico State, which finished its trip to Seattle 0-2-0, will open up its home schedule against Western Washington Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m.

Wildcats score well but fall short
SEATTLE, Wash. — The Chico State men’s soccer team needs to make two big improvements this season: score more goals and play better on the road. It doesn’t look like scoring goals will be a problem. Now if the Wildcats can snap their 11-game winless streak on the road, they’ll be in business.

Jason Phillips scored twice and Ian Hilgart-Martiszus found the back of the net with Kris Schauer’s assist, but the Wildcats couldn’t recover from a slow start and fell to Seattle University 4-3 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.

Seattle’s offense started quickly and the Redhawks built a 4-2 lead on nine shots, including six on goal, by intermission. Chico State found its footing in the second half and outshot the hosts 7-0, but could only muster Phillips’ goal in the final minute.

The game was very physical and 39 fouls and six yellow cards resulted. Twenty-five fouls were called and five yellow cards were whistled in the second half.

Chico State will attempt to end its road woes Saturday in a 4 p.m. match at ninth-ranked Seattle Pacific. They’ll open up their home schedule against Western Washington Wednesday, Sep. 6, at 7 p.m.