SAN RAFAEL, Calif. --- Giving up an early goal wasn't something new to California Baptist University. The Lancers had rallied before and they did again to defeat Dominican 2-1 Thursday.
CBU continues its conference win streak to six games with the victory, putting the Lancers 7-4-1 overall, 7-2 in the PacWest. Dominican drops to 4-10-2 on the season, 2-7-1 in conference play.
The Lancers were the first to fire shots off, getting two shots in the first 10 minutes, but the Penguins were the first to capitalize. In the 12th minute, Kolby Mitnick scored from point blank range off a pass from the right side to put the Penguins up 1-0.
"Once we gave up the goal, our guys got angry," said head coach Gregg Schroeder. "They snapped into a higher tier of mindset, even after they were already playing well. We played balls quicker, talked more and just got fired up."
With the lead, Dominican started to sit back defensively, hoping to keep the Lancers out of the net, but CBU broke down the wall in the 33rd minute. Thomas Carter made a run down the side of the field and played a cross away from the Penguin goalkeeper from the byline to find Cole Schmit at the near post. Schmit finished into the back of the net with his left to even the game at 1-1.
"That was just a fantastic goal from Cole," said Schroeder. "Cole was probably the man of the match. He had four chances, including one off the crossbar and their goalkeeper had to make crucial saves on two, but he played really well. He ran the game for us. I was happy to see him get a goal."
Still tied at 1-1 after halftime, the Lancers turned up the pressure and set the pace of the game by controlling the ball and caught the Penguins on their heels in the 61st minute.
Joey Pacheco collected a cleared ball and sent a long pass back into the other half of the field. Chris Gaitan challenged a Penguin for the ball in the air, but neither player managed to get a piece of it, allowing it to bounce on. Alex Anderson took advantage of the loose ball and knocked a volley over Dominican's goalkeeper for the go-ahead goal.
Now trailing a goal, the Penguins looked for an equalizer but were unable to get any shots off to surrender the 2-1 loss.
"Once they went ahead, their defense made it difficult for us to break down through, but we did," said Schroeder. "They pressed after we scored but we were able to hold the ball well."
CBU will look to keep building on the momentum it has gained over the past six games, winning all but one, as it takes on Notre Dame de Namur. The two teams will kick off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday as the Lancers are halfway through a four-game road spell.