SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Sonoma State started its three game road trip with a win over San Diego State, 10-7, on Friday night.
The Aztecs started the game with the opening faceoff, but the Sonoma defense held strong and was able to get the ball to the offense who promptly put the Seawolves up 1-0 on a Joey Piombo ('20) sweeping goal.
Sonoma went-up 2-0 on a goal from Angelo Lagomarsino ('19). The Seawolves found itself in the penalty box twice in the first quarter and the Aztecs were able to capitalize, taking a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The faceoff woes continued in the second quarter, but the defense buckled down and gave up just one goal to the Aztecs while the Seawolves got going on offense, scoring six goals to take a commanding 8-4 lead into halftime.
Defensively, the Seawolves were led in goal by Andrew Moore ('21), who made five saves while giving up four goals.
In the second, half both teams tightened defensively and traded goals. Goalie Jackson Feinstein came up with some huge saves to preserve the lead and the teams entered the fourth with Sonoma leading, 9-5.
The Aztecs continued to press on offense and their pressure resulted in a three man-up scenario in which they were able to get one goal to bring the game to 9-7.
Some timely stops and groundballs allowed Sonoma to have the ball on offense with about three minutes left, and they were able to break the Aztec pressure for the 10th goal of the game off the stick of Piombo.
"This was a great start to the trip." said Sonoma State coach Panchito Ojeda, "Big thanks to Bryan Bome and the SDSU lacrosse team for hosting us. It was a battle from the start and both teams played hard. We are looking forward to an off day and then playing Minnesota on Sunday."
Sonoma State plays Minnesota on Sunday at 2 p.m. at San Diego State.