Women’s soccer jukes Poets, Eagles

During the women's soccer game Saturday at Whittier, La Verne's Robin Haaker (#9) kicked the ball straight at Whittier's Libby Barnish (#9) while her teammate Erin Hurley (#11) approached to help. With the temperature reaching 103 degrees during the game, the players needed to drink about a half a gallon to a gallon of water per player to stay hydrated. / photo by Kati Kelly
During the women’s soccer game Saturday at Whittier, La Verne’s Robin Haaker (#9) kicked the ball straight at Whittier’s Libby Barnish (#9) while her teammate Erin Hurley (#11) approached to help. With the temperature reaching 103 degrees during the game, the players needed to drink about a half a gallon to a gallon of water per player to stay hydrated. / photo by Kati Kelly

by Audrey Griffith
Staff Writer

The hot and sticky weather did not seem to be a factor in the performance of the University of La Verne women’s soccer team on Saturday, as it recorded a 3-1 win over the Whittier College Poets.

The first 10 minutes of the first half seemed to be dominated by ULV (3-3). The Poets’ offense was no match for the Leopards’ defense.

“We played really well. We achieved our victory by a lot of passing, kicking, and shooting,” said midfielder Nancy Santana.

The first goal of the game was scored by Whittier’s Libby Barnish. Whittier became more aggressive after its first goal. La Verne’s shots were made too far out, which gave Whittier the extra edge it needed.

However, the second half of the game seemed to be a turnaround for La Verne. The Leopards came back with three goals made by midfielder Erica Borbon and defenders Robin Haaker and Katie Zwissler.

In Wednesday’s game against Concordia, Santana said, “We should win. We are ready. I’m pretty confident we should win.”

In Wednesday’s game, played at ULV’s Ben Hines Field, both ULV and Concordia showed no mercy. Aggressive passing and numerous shots set the Leopards apart from the Eagles, and led La Verne to a 3-2 win over Concordia. The Eagles record of 4-0 entering the match would seem a little intimidating, but it did not faze the Leopards.

“We played really well tonight. We played to the best of our ability, hard and aggressive. We never lost it, we played with great intensity. We always play well with one another,” said co-captain Suzie Sateri.

Good communication between the players seemed to be a key ingredient to the Leopards’ win. Women cheer one another on and keep each other focused and in the game. Captain Katie Zwissler said, “We are ready for this Saturday’s game. We should win.”

“We should beat Claremont-Mudd-Scripps this Saturday. We should win every game,” said Sateri.

Both teams showed ruthless playing skills. Early in the game, La Verne midfielder Rachel Aquino passed to forward Rachel Lieberman for an attempt on goal but Lieberman missed. La Verne forward Ashley Polan missed a possible goal opportunity when her centering pass was nicely defended by Concordia. La Verne’s first goal was scored by Zwissler with 2:18 left in the first half. The ball was kicked clear over the goalkeeper’s head. Concordia seemed to realize that La Verne had victory instilled in their minds, and the Eagles became more aggressive, taking more risks. Early in the second half, the Leopards scored two more goals. One by midfielder Erica Borbon and forward Adrianna Ramirez to create a 3-0 score with 38:47 left in the game.

The Eagles answered twice in the half.

With a little over 31 minutes left in the game the first of the two scores came from a kick by Concordia’s Heather Hoffman. Then at 11:42, Evelyn Miles hit the last goal for the match to create the final 3-2 score.

Tomorrow, La Verne hosts Claremont at 11 a.m. On Wednesday, the Leopards travel to University of Redlands for a 4 p.m. matchup.

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