Regals Win Lopsided SCIAC Match
CLU blanks Whittier
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – After spending three weeks on the road to open their 2013 campaign, the Cal Lutheran women’s soccer team was clearly happy to be home, using a lopsided 7-0 victory over Whittier to open the home portion of the schedule en route to their second Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) win in as many games today at Rolland Stadium.
“It was nice to be home and to be able to set the tone early in the game today,” head coach Frank Marino shared after the game. “We are glad to get this win and have an opportunity to play in front of our home fans.”
Cal Lutheran outshot Whittier 27-1 today and controlled the momentum from the kickoff. CLU goalie Karly Loberg, who entered to play the second half, turned away the lone shot on goal taken by the Poets, keeping the game a shutout, marking the fourth of the season for the Regals. Kristin Bailey got the start in front of the cage, despite touching the ball just once in the first 45 minutes. CLU also earned more corner kicks (15) than WC (0).
It did not take long for the home squad to give the crowd something to cheer about.
Kristina Hulse netted two goals in this afternoon’s game. In the 11th minute of the first half she scored the first and ultimate game-winning goal for the Regals, while her second goal was scored with an assist from Taylor Will later in the game.
Chelsea Braudo scored her first goal of the season on an assist from Anna Medler in the 24th minute. As a senior, Meddler had a game to remember, scoring the first goal of her collegiate career off a corner kick from Yahaira Hernandez in the 33rd minute to give CLU a 3-0 advantage at the break.
In the second half the assault on the Poets continued as Bianca Deardorff, Brittany Eremita, and Katelyn Kimball each added a goal with Hulse finding the back of the net for the second time of the game during the second stanza as well. Bailey Marquez was instrumental in moving the ball around in the middle of the field today.
Aiding in the shutout today was a strong defensive performance from Medler, Mallory Carcich, and Stephanie Gilbert in the early goings. Later in the game Brooke Busch, Amanda Juan, Jenna Malinowski and Elena Rust all contributed to the scoreless Poets offense.
Every player dressed out for the game saw time on the field. A lot of young players had an opportunity to step up in a league contest for the first time. Nicole Campbell, Deanna Dakar, Sierra Duarte, Alma Izquierdo, Julia Kearns and Katie Moyer all played integral roles.
Whittier (0-7, 0-2 SCIAC) was led by Kaela Reisfelt who kicked the one and only shot on goal for the Poets. WC goalkeeper Lorena Ruiz saved a total of five shots by the Violet and Gold.
Cal Lutheran (5-2, 2-0 SCIAC) returns to the field on Wednesday, Sept. 25 when the Regals play their second home game of the season at Rolland Stadium against Occidental, with kick off set for 7:00 p.m.