Seven Regals Honored on Senior Night
CLU upset by Chapman 1-0 to snap unbeaten streak at 12
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Cal Lutheran women’s soccer team finally had their unbeaten streak come to an end on Saturday, after Chapman upset the Regals 1-0 at Rolland Stadium on Senior Night. Despite the loss, the Regals locked up the No. 2 seed for the SCIAC Postseason Tournament; however, they were denied a chance for their fifth straight conference title.
CLU had not lost since Sept. 20 and they were 10-0-2 over their last 12 games before tonight. It was also the first time the Regals were held without a goal since their third game of the season against powerhouse Hardin-Simmons (Texas).
As the game got underway, Chapman punched in the first and only score of the contest in the 7th minute when Julia Diaz found herself in the right place at the right time as the ball fell to her close in the box. She promptly chipped the ball up and over CLU goalie Kiki Bailey for the 1-0 lead.
The Violet and Gold picked up the pace offensively after the Panther’s goal which almost led to a goal of their own. In the 19th minute, Bri Pinal and Kali Youngdahl operated a give-and-go play to give Youngdahl a close range shot, but the Chapman goalie was just able to deflect it out of bounds. On the corner kick from CLU, Charlotte Rosen placed a nice ball into the box right to Olivia Leyva who headed the ball into the arms of the goalie.
Later on in the half, Sierra Duarte found herself open in front of the goal and fired a shot but it was right at the goalie once again for an easy save.
In the second half the Regals had chance after chance but could not put the ball in the back of the net. After six weeks of everything going their way, the ball did not seem to be rolling their way tonight.
Kelly Morro and Bianca Deardorff had good looks at the goal in the beginning of the second half but the Panther defense was able to block the ball and clear it away from danger.
In the 61st minute, Pinal had a great look after another corner kick from Rosen, but her header rolled just wide of the goal.
Perhaps the best chance in the game for the Regals came in the 69th minute after Chapman fouled the Regals in the box leading to a penalty kick. With suspense in the air, Rosen stepped up to the line to take the kick but the Chapman goalie read the shot perfectly and made the save.
Despite the miss, the Regals continued to put the pressure on the Panthers defense. With just four minutes left in the game, Deardorff crossed the ball into the box and it rolled in front of the goal completely untouched by all players. The Panthers eventually got to the ball to clear it away yet again.
There was a handful of tantalizing opportunities for CLU in the waning minutes of the game, and with thirty seconds left Bailey left the goal as the Regals made an all out attempt to score.
On their last effort, Leyva launched a free kick from midfield towards the goal, but the Violet and Gold were unable to get possession and the seconds ticked off the clock.
CLU outshot the Panthers 10-5 in the game including 6-1 in the second half and they had all the corner kicks in the game holding a 6-0 advantage. Leyva and Pinal led the Regals with two shots apiece and six other players fired a shot for CLU.
Before the game, seniors Bailey, Morro, Duarte, Alli Calabrese, Yahaira Hernandez, Nancy Nunez, and Heidi Ferkranus were recognized as they played their final regular season game at Rolland Stadium.
Cal Lutheran (12-5-3, 9-3-2 SCIAC) will host Pomona-Pitzer at Rolland Stadium in the first round of the SCIAC Postseason Tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 p.m., giving the CLU seniors another chance to end their careers at home on a high note.