Regals Extend Streak with Win
CLU wins sixth straight with 2-0 victory over La Verne
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Cal Lutheran women’s soccer team is clicking at just the right time winning their sixth straight game on Wednesday night as they defeated La Verne 2-0 at Rolland Stadium.
It did not take long for the Regals to get on the board as Bri Pinal scored in just the 4th minute of the game. Bianca Deardorff raced down the right side of the field, beating her defender, and fed a perfect cross to Pinal who was running her lane into the box. Pinal fielded the ball cleanly and stroked it into the net past the goalie for the 1-0 lead and her first goal of the season.
Deardorff made getting by her defender a habit all night, owning the right side of the pitch, making cross after cross to set up her teammates. CLU had 10 shots in the first half compared to just 3 for La Verne.
A few minutes after CLU went up 1-0, Deardorff nearly set up another goal. This time she spun away from the defender and fired a shot of her own from distance. The shot had some heat on it and it deflected off the goalie right to Pinal who shot from close range, but the Leopard defenders deflected the ball out of bounds.
La Verne looked to capitalize on an opportunity late in the first half when Kelsey Varner got the ball into the box and shot on target, but Mallory Carcich came up with a big defensive play and cleared the ball out of harms way.
Heading into the second half, both teams struggled to maintain possession of the ball. La Verne applied offensive pressure as the clock dwindled down and nearly came up with an equalizing goal on numerous occasions.
A solid defensive unit of Carcich, Olivia Leyva, Yahaira Hernandez, and Jenna Malinowski prevented attack after attack by the Leopards. Kiki Bailey came up big with eight saves in the game and improves her record to 7-0-2 in goal.
In the 88th minute, the Regals all but secured the victory as Kirsten Bergseth scored a goal off an assist from Sierra Duarte. Duarte beat her defender and played it into the box with precise timing for Bergseth who got off a quick shot before the goalie could react.
After an 11-4 shot advantage from the Leopards in the second half, both teams were even with 14 shots apiece during the game and CLU held the edge in corner kicks 3-2. Pinal led the team with four shots in the game while Kali Youngdahl had three, including a team-high two shots on goal, and Deardorff added two. Alli Calabrese, Katie Moyer, Leyva and Hernandez provided the other shot attempts in the game.
Cal Lutheran (9-4-2, 6-2-1 SCIAC) will look to keep the streak alive as they leave the confines of Rolland Stadium and hit the road to take on Redlands on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 1:00 p.m.