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Leopards’ woes continue against Cal Lutheran

Battling Cal Lutheran defender Kristen DiPippo, junior Karina McLeod attempts to get a shot on goal Saturday night. The women’s soccer team faced the Cal Lutheran Regals at Ortmayer Stadium under the lights, but would bow to the Regals, 2-1. / photo by Hunter Cole

Taylor Perez-Graham
Staff Writer

The women’s soccer team suffered its sixth loss in a row Saturday night, falling to Cal Lutheran, 2-1.

The Regals stepped onto La Verne territory being unbeaten in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Confer­ence and La Verne being 1-7.

“It’s our sixth loss in a row but we have come a long way from last season,” junior forward/midfielder Marisella Macias said. “The way we fought this game is showing our progression that’s going to come with the second half of season.”

Tensions were high between the Leopards and Regals offenses when coming alive in the second half.

Both teams were 0-0 until late in the second half when Cal Lutheran junior forward Kristina Hulse scored after a break away at the 73rd minute, putting the visitors up 1-0.

Within the last 11 minutes of the second half the Regals senior forward Mayra Virgen managed to score another goal for Cal Lutheran putting the game at 2-0

Although the Leopards fell behind within the last 20 minutes of the game, La Verne managed to keep up their momentum and aggression for the remaining part of the game.

With less than eight minutes left on the clock, La Verne’s junior defender Katie Careaga scored off of a corner kick bringing the Leopards within one of the Regals.

The last minutes of the game were full of emotion for the two teams and multiple attacks on goal for La Verne but the Leopards fell one goal short to the Regals.

“We competed really hard. We fought back and every day we are getting better and better fighting back if we get scored on,” head coach Antoinette Love said.

Cal Lutheran held a 26-5 shot advantage over the Leopards. The tension and coemptiveness were clearly present during the game with the Leopards closing the match up with 16 fouls and three yellow cards and the Regals having 15 fouls and one yellow card.

“If a team is going to be aggressive, it’s definitely not a bad thing to match their level of aggressiveness,” Macias said. “I’m just proud of the team for fighting for the ball.”

The Leopards are now 4-7 overall and 1-7 in SCIAC.

More than half way through the season, the Leopards are still feeling confident for the remaining six SCIAC games.

“Today is a turning point for us,” junior defender Sarah Ruden said. “We are really excited for the remaining games and just looking to the future.”

“I am confident about going into next game,” Ruden said. “We played away last time and now we have the home field advantage. This is the game we can use our what we have learned in the last few games.”

The Leopards then suffered their seventh loss in a row Wednesday to Whittier, 2-1.

This puts La Verne at 4-8 overall and a 1-8 SCIAC record.

The Leopards will attempt to snap their losing streak against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Claremont.

Taylor Perez-Graham can be reached at taylor.perez-graham@laverne.edu.

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