Chico State has matched up well over the years against CPP, as they have an all-time record of 8-12-1 against them. And in the first half of match, it was looking to shape up in Chico’s favor once again.
In the 20th minute Chico State midfielder Akwafel Ajeakwa intercepted a pass and put the ball in the far post from twenty yards out to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. Despite CPP outshooting Chico 4-1, they trailed at the half.
A little luck went the Broncos’ way after a corner kick by Matthew Perez got deflected off Chico defender Mike Janjigian and past the goalkeeper for an own goal, tying the match at 1-1.
Leading scorer for Cal Poly Pomona Christian Gonzalez Diaz broke the tie in the 60th minute after a pass in the box by Daniel Asor allowed him to dribble the ball around goalkeeper Luke Dennison and put it into the left corner for his seventh goal of the season.
Chico had a chance to tie in the 89th minute but Jeff Pereira’s pass into the box went wide.
CPP head coach Yossi Raz was pleased with the win.
“There were moments that we felt we were in control, but there were also many moments that Chico was a better team. However, we fought hard and we are happy to get the win. We are excited and are looking forward to the next challenge as we continue representing the university and the community the best that we can.”
The Broncos improve to 8-0-1 overall on the year and 3-0 in CCAA play, while Chico State drops their third straight game and moves to 5-3-1, and 0-3 in conference play. They are quickly climbing our rankings and deservedly so.
CPP look to continue their winning streak when they take on Cal State Dominguez Hills at home.