The women’s soccer team suffered another loss Saturday night after a tough game against the Chapman Panthers at Ortmayer Stadium.
The Leopards lost, 3-0, for their second straight loss.
“We have very few numbers right now,” junior defender Katherine Careaga said. “It’s only going to get better from here.”
The ball was played deep into the Leopards’ territory the majority of the first half before Panther forward Olivia Do scored the first goal of the night in the 37th minute, giving the visitors a 1-0 advantage.
There were numerous mistakes early on in the first half which set the tone for the rest of the game.
When the Leopards managed to get the ball into the Panthers half, it was quickly fought back into La Verne’s side.
Chapman continued putting pressure on La Verne’s defense and within four minutes of the last goal, the Panthers scored again, closing out the first half, 2-0.
“We could have gone into second half essentially 0-0,” head coach Antoinette Love said. “They scored late on us so second half was tougher to get back into the game.”
“First half we made two mistakes and when you make two mistakes they capitalize on them,” Love said.
Chapman continued the force on La Verne’s defense in the second half.
The Leopards kept their heads up and managed to step up from the first half.
Within 15 minutes of the half, the Panthers scored their third and final goal of the night, ending the game 3-0. The final goal was Do’s second goal of the match.
It was a tough loss for the team after losing against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps the week before.
Teamwork and communication seemed to be the biggest downfall for the Leopards in their last two games.
“We made crucial mistakes in the last two games,” Love said. “But once we get it all going together we will see an improvement in the next game.”
La Verne finished the game with six shots and Chapman with 18.
The Panthers took a total of seven corner kicks, the Leopards had none.
The absence of sick and injured players took a toll on the game.
“A lot of players are getting hurt and are sick,” freshman defender Lauren Toneck said. “We are trying to do the best we can as a team right now.”
La Verne is hoping to come back from its mistakes next game and have most of its players back.
“There’s definitely more to be seen,” Love said. “It’s a work in progress.”
“It was a little lapse in our focus,” sophomore goal keeper Delanie Pacheco said. “Even when the ball does come back we need work as a unit to get it forward.”
“We need to focus more,” Careaga said. “We need to communicate better.”
ULV lost its third game in a row to the Redlands Bulldogs Wednesday, 3-0. The Leopards now have a 4-4 overall record and are 1-4 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
The Leopards hope to turn their season around when they play Occidental at 7 p.m. Saturday in Eagle Rock.
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