Demery's three goals lift Cal State Stanislaus past No. 2 Sonoma State
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. -- Karenee Demery scored three goals on Sunday as the Warriors handled No. 2 Sonoma State 4-1 at Seawolf Soccer Field.
Demery notched her second hat-trick of the season to lead 21st-ranked Cal State Stanislaus to its largest victory against one of the top-ranked teams.
Sonoma State was previously unbeaten with one of the nation's strongest offenses. Sonoma State entered the match 7-0 overall and 5-0 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play. The Seawolves had allowed just four goals and outscored their opponents 22-4 prior to the 4-1 loss.
Cal State Stanislaus picked up its fifth consecutive win and improved to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play. Only an unlucky bounce off the cross bar prevented a fifth shutout of the season. The Warriors are also 4-0 on the road this season.
"We played fantastic attacking soccer [Sunday] against an outstanding team," head coach Gabriel Bolton said. "While they were ranked higher we don't consider it an upset. We have a lot of confidence that we can compete against any team in the country."
Demery scored twice in the first half to give Stanislaus a 2-0 halftime lead. Her first score came in the 21st minute after a pass from Bernie Bettencourt split defenders to allow Demery to score past SSU goalkeeper Alexia Sciacqua. Demery made it 2-0 in the 42nd minute on a header goal assisted by Emily Relles.
Four minutes into the second half, Demery finished a Karli Nestler high pass over the defenders to make it 3-0.
Bettencourt converted on a penalty kick try at 60:43 for the Warriors' fourth goal. Behind another stellar performance by the defense, Millie Brown earned four saves. Stanislaus held SSU to just five shots on goal, well below the Seawolves season average.
"Our defensive effort and organization was outstanding. The players executed the game plan really well and held one of the top offensive teams in check," Bolton added.
Cal State Stanislaus scored four goals for the third time in the last five matches while outscoring opponents 15-3.