The women’s soccer team lost 3-1 Wednesday night against the Chapman Panthers at Ortmayer Stadium putting La Verne 3-3 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and 6-6 overall.
La Verne gave up two second half goals toward the loss.
“We worked hard and our effort and energy was good,” assistant coach Andy Plascencia said. “Defending the ball could’ve been a lot better tonight.”
The Panthers attempted a goal early in the first half.
At the 3rd minute, sophomore middle Hayley Fedden kicked the ball but it was too high. La Verne answered back by attempting a goal at the 6th minute by senior middle Christine Camacho but the shot was too wide.
In the 9th minute, senior La Verne defender Katherine Careaga of La Verne attempted a shot as well but was blocked by freshman goalkeeper Kristin Kleinow.
“We didn’t finish the opportunities that we had,” junior forward defender Natalie Vasquez said. “It was an okay game that could’ve been better.”
In the 37st minute, senior Chapman forward Val Sobol made a corner kick with the assist of freshman middle Katie Bell, putting the Panthers up 1-0.
“It was a good goal for Chapman,” Vasquez said. “But we could’ve prevented it.”
The Leopards had many chances to score in the first half but came out unsuccessful.
La Verne continued to defend in the second half of the game, not letting that first goal bring them down.
But the Panthers stood their ground when sophomore midfielder Hayley Fedden scored in the 51st minute, putting Chapman up 2-0.
“It was a good effort, it’s just unlucky that the grades scored against us were set pieces,” senior forward Olga Saldivar said.
At the 57th minute, La Verne answered back as Careaga made the Leopards’ first goal, assisted by senior middle forward Marisella Macias, making the score 2-1 with Chapman still ahead.
Careaga has made three goals this season for the Leopards.
Chapman had a free kick at the 64th minute and Fedden made the shot as the Panthers extended their lead to 3-1.
“It was a good first goal that helped our momentum going,” Plascencia said. “But giving up the third goal really hurt us.”
But La Verne didn’t stop there as their aggressiveness took a toll trying to get ahead in the game. Defense by sophomore defender Lauren Toneck helped the team a lot throughout the game.
Chapman consistently tried to make more goals but were blocked by junior goalkeeper Delanie Pacheco.
La Verne couldn’t answer back as Chapman captured the victory.
Next game for women’s soccer is at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ortmayer Stadium against Pomona-Pitzer.
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