Men Win Season Closer

Kevin Vera

With a record of 3-15-3 the Cal State East Bay Men’s Soccer team wrapped up the fall season with a convincing 3-0 home victory over Bethesda Christian University (BCU).

Senior captain Sean Lynum-Young played his final game against BCU, scoring his last goal as a Pioneer early in the second half, putting them on top 2-0. Seven minutes later, redshirt freshmen Josh Alvarez added the final goal to make it 3-0.

As their season ends, several players will miss the departure of Lynum-Young. His leadership and exemplary characteristics have made a lasting impression on the young starters on the roster, which includes 19 first-year freshmen and two redshirt freshmen.

“He’s [Lynum-Young] a good player and he always seemed to try his hardest,” freshmen midfielder Conley Perry said.

“He’s a good leader, and whether we won or not, he always told us to try our hardest,” added Perry.

As the lone senior on the team, Lynum-Young worked with a freshmen majority, which shows the team was inexperienced and the team chemistry hadn’t fully been developed yet.

“The season was disappointing, but it’s all right—we’re all freshmen,” freshmen forward Carlos Navarrete said. “By junior or senior year we’ll be contenders.”

This year’s team, although young and inexperienced outperformed, last year’s 1-19 team, alluding to the fact that progress is inevitable for head coach Andy Cumbo’s team. By next year, these players will have developed true chemistry, smoother playmaking and will look to make an impact in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).