Chico State women’s soccer ends regular season with home win over Humboldt

CHICO — The Chico State women’s soccer team entered the season with just three seniors on its team, but it has had significant contributions from many different members on its team.

Freshman goalkeeper Emma Hofmann broke the Chico State record for consecutive shutouts in a season with seven and had 10 on the season, sophomore Madison Parsons was tied for second in the California Collegiate Athletic with six goals on the season and junior Susanna Garcia tied for the CCAA lead in goals with seven.

Senior defenders Jordan Doukakis and Kylie Martinez, along with midfielder Sarah Emigh helped anchor the Chico State defense as the Wildcats finished 10-2-5 overall and 6-1-4 in the CCAA — locking in a second-place finish in the CCAA standings.

Chico State finished its regular-season schedule with a 4-1 win over Humboldt State on Thursday at University Soccer Stadium. The Wildcats out-shot the Lumberjacks 22-4 and posted 13 shots on goal.

Garcia, a captain, scored first for Chico State 14 minutes and 35 seconds into the first half on an assist from a fellow captain Martinez. Martinez hit a free-kick from about 28 yards out to the far post and Garcia jumped and headed the ball up and over the diving Humboldt goalkeeper’s head for her seventh of the season.

Martinez said her and Garcia have built a connection on and off the field the last three years that has translated to many scoring opportunities.

“I know that she’s worked so hard to be where she is on the field, so I think having the time with her to watch her grow as a player and be there with her every step of the way has been an incredible building block on our relationship,” Martinez said. “Having her have those special moments is special for me as well.”

Chico State coach Kim Sutton said having a defender in Martinez, along with Doukakis, with the ability to help on the offensive attack is something most teams do not have. Sutton said Martinez’s ability to, “serve balls like that all the time is just phenomenal.”

Sutton added it was really great for Martinez and Garcia to connect on a goal like that in Martinez’s final regular-season game at University Soccer Stadium.

Ten minutes later, with 24:10 to go, Chico State’s defense attempted to clear a ball out of the box but it was blocked by a Humboldt State player. The ball fell to the foot of Humboldt State’s Kelsey Bess who scored her second goal of the season, ending the shutout streak for Hofmann. Sutton said she was really bummed to see Hofmann’s streak come to an end Thursday.

“It builds such confidence for your backline to have a goalkeeper that you know can make those terrific saves so when the opportunity comes she has saved us,” Sutton said.

Sutton referenced Hofmann’s performance last week when her goalkeeper had three straight shutouts against Sonoma State, Cal State LA and Cal Poly Pomona.

“Last Sunday she came up with a couple of the biggest saves when we were hanging on threads after having three games in a week, Sutton said. “I’m just so proud of her. She’s such a fighter, she has no fear and nothing makes her nervous. She’s a true competitor.”

Sutton also referenced Hofmann’s ability to set up the offense with strong kicks and punts from the goalkeeper’s box.

Chico State re-took the lead three and a half minutes later, when Camille Lidster scored her fourth goal of the season. Brynn Howard and Parsons assisted Lidster’s goal. Lidster dribbled to her right and shot left to give Chico State a 2-1 lead before halftime.

Halfway through the second half, Emigh passed the ball to Summer Baron who then passed the ball to Parsons who dribbled once and took a right-footed shot from 22 yards out, beating the goalkeeper to the upper left of the goal at the 70:39 mark.

Three minutes later, at 73:40, Parsons scored her second goal of the game and sixth of the season on an assist from Doukakis. Doukakis hit the ball on a corner kick, it deflected off a Humboldt State defender and to the foot of Parsons who then used her right foot to power it to the near side of the goal to give Chico State a 4-1 lead.

With 20 minutes left to play, Sutton took Garcia and Emigh out and told them to rest for 10 minutes and be ready to go back in. Humboldt State was chasing a goal, so Sutton told the two she had decided to rest them until the end and prevent the risk of injury. Instead, a season-high in subs got the opportunity to play for the Wildcats.

Chico State, the No. 2 seed in the CCAA, will play next at 4 p.m. Nov. 12 in the CCAA semifinal in Pomona. The Wildcats’ opponent is still to be determined.

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