Regals Trounce Chapman 3-0
CLU routs Chapman
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – After seeing its eight-game winning streak snapped last Saturday, the Cal Lutheran women’s soccer team responded in a big way, trouncing Chapman 3-0 Wednesday night. The Regals were stout on both sides of the ball, ripping 19 shots while allowing the Panthers just three in the second half. The win also meant Cal Lutheran kept pace with Pomona-Pitzer for first place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) as the Sagehens defeated Redlands 1-0 earlier in the day.
Despite CLU’s dominant showing it was Chapman who had two early scoring chances. Oliva Do and Katie Bell each took shots on goal in the first ten minutes only to be turned back by CLU keeper Kristin Bailey.
Cal Lutheran took the first lead of the game when Kristina Hulse found Bianca Deardorff making a bending run into the box and had a clear shot at the goal before being tripped from behind, drawing a whistle from the official. Taylor Will converted the penalty-kick for her 10th goal of the season and put CLU up 1-0 in the 27th minute.
Just two minutes later, Hulse made a run down the left flank before stopping the ball with her heel, spinning and firing a sliding shot on goal. However, Chapman keeper Kristin Kleinow was able to snare the ball just before it crossed the line and kept the Panthers within one.
The Regals garnered two corner-kicks in the final 20 minutes but were unable to get a shot off resulting in the teams headed into halftime with CLU still up 1-0.
With the CLU defense stifling any Chapman offensive attack in the second half, the Regals got countless opportunities on the offensive end. After narrowly missing on several chances, Cal Lutheran got its second goal in the 71st minute when Deardorff threaded a perfect pass through a Chapman defender’s legs to a streaking Will, who then found Hulse in the middle of the box. Hulse then muscled her way past both another defender and the goalie and ripped a shot in to increase her SCIAC-leading goal total to 13.
Deardorff nearly got a goal of her own in the 81st minute after a Hulse shot richoted off the CU keeper right in front of the goal but her shot sailed high.
Five minutes later, freshman Katie Moyer gave CLU its final goal of the evening when she was left open 25 yards out and fired a curving shot that bounced and spun into the back corner of the net.
The Regals got a standout performance from its back line that included Chelsea Braudo, Mallory Carcich, Stephanie Gilbert, Yahaira Hernandez, and Anna Medler, pitching their eighth shutout of the season.
Bailey finished with seven saves as collected her 15th win of the season.
Chapman was led by Do, who notched three shots on goal.
With the loss, Chapman falls to 9-9-1 overall and 6-7 in the SCIAC.
Cal Lutheran (15-4, 11-2 SCIAC) can capture its fourth consecutive SCIAC title as it closes out its regular season with the de facto regular season conference championship game with Pomona on Saturday, Nov. 2. Kickoff is set for 1:00pm with the program’s four seniors being honored before the game.