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Leopards, Athenas battle to draw

Leopard junior midfielder Jaime Weaver tries to push past Claremont-Mudd-Scripps defender Laura Hayward for a last effort at a goal before the end of the second half. After going into double overtime, the teams remained in a scoreless tie. / photo by Jessica Harsen

Leopard junior midfielder Jaime Weaver tries to push past Claremont-Mudd-Scripps defender Laura Hayward for a last effort at a goal before the end of the second half. After going into double overtime, the teams remained in a scoreless tie. / photo by Jessica Harsen

Julian Mininsohn
Sports Editor

The women’s soccer team tied Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 0-0 in an intense double overtime Southern California Inter­collegiate Athletic Conference match Saturday at Ortmayer Stadium.

The Leopards had many missed opportunities to score, but could not capitalize. La Verne had a total of 14 shots on goal. CMS had 11 shots on goal..

“I could not be happier,” head coach Lauryn Pehanich said. “Winning is ideal, but the amount of passion and thought they showed tonight was great.”

The Leopards’ best chance to score in the second half came in the 77th minute when senior forward Olga Saldivar shot was saved by CMS senior goalkeeper Hannah Dunham after having her one-on-one in the CMS zone.

The game was a defensive and physical battle as the two teams combined for a total of fourteen fouls.

“At halftime we talked about the physical mentality of the game,” Pehanich said. “I feel Claremont did a better job than us in the first half, but I feel we did that in the second.”

In the second overtime, the Leopards had multiple chances to score, but came up empty. In the 104th minute, Saldivar came close once again as her header hit sailed just over the crossbar.

In the 109th minute, Leopards’ senior defender Brianna Romero’s shot went wide of the goal post. The Leopards had three shots on goal in the final 10 minutes of the game.

“We did really well,” sophomore defender Lauren Toneck said. “But, we are going to have to work on shooting and putting the ball away in the goal.”

Toneck’s defensive efforts helped hold CMS to just one shot on goal in the second overtime period. Junior goalkeeper Delanie Pacheco recorded three saves for the Leopards as well.

Pacheco has recorded 22 saves and has a .957 save percentage during SCIAC play. She has 44 saves this season.

“I think we played hard and with a lot of heart and it showed,” junior team captain and midfielder Jaime Weaver said. “I really wanted to us to score. We all wanted to. We played hard and that is all that matters.”

The Leopards earned their first SCIAC win of season as they defeated Redlands in overtime, 1-0.

Senior midfielder Christine Camacho scored an unassisted goal in the 99th minute to secure the victory for the Leopards.

It was Camacho’s first goal of the season.

It was senior forward Marisella Macias’ first game of the season after returning from an injury. Macias had one shot on goal and two total shots for the game.

La Verne’s strength during SCIAC plat has been its defense. The Leopards have shut out their last two opponents, including the win against Relands.

La Verne has only allowed one goal during SCIAC play as opposed to nine goals during non-conference play.

Scoring has come tough as the Leopards have only scored one goal during SCIAC play thus far.

“Our biggest thing to improve is to slow down when the game is going,” Pehanich said.

With the win, La Verne has a 4-4-1 record on the season and a 1-1-1 record in SCIAC play. The Leopards are currently fifth place in the SCIAC standings.

The Leopards will have to make the most of their scoring chances as they go on the road to take on Occidental at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Occidental is currently one place ahead of La Verne in the SCIAC standings at fourth place.

Julian Mininsohn can be reached at julian.mininsohn@laverne.edu.

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