By CCSF Sports Information/Photo by Eric Sun
The City College of San Francisco Men's Soccer team advanced to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) state championship round after defeating Butte College 1-0 on Tuesday at Oroville.
The Rams came into Tuesday's matchup with a 14-3-2 record and ranked No.10 in the NorCal Bracket. They faced the No.6 Road Runners team that had lost only one game (19-1-2) all year.
But the Rams were up for the challenge.
Fresh off a thrilling win against West Valley College that ended with the Rams prevailing in the PK round, CCSF carried that momentum into their match against Butte, especially on defense. Goalie Javier Hernandez kept the Roadrunners attackers at bay. Butte had took 15 shots with four of them on goal. Hernandez blocked all four.
After the scoreless first half, the Rams looked to jump ahead in the second half. Unlike their opponent, The Rams only took a total of six shots for the entire match. They only attempted two in the final half — but midfielder Jesus Martinez struck on one of the two. At the 78th minute, Martinez caught Butte's keeper of the line and struck for an unassisted goal.
Butte tried to respond in the remaining minutes with four shot attempts. Three were off target and one was saved by Martinez.
This will be the Rams first appearance in the State Final Four since 2012. They will face No. 1 Cerritos College (20-1-2) on Friday, November 30 at 1 p.m.