by Tom Chambers
The women’s soccer team lost 2-1 in the second overtime to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Wednesday night dropping ULV to 5-4 in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play and 7-9 overall.
“We just got outplayed in overtime,” said La Verne head coach Wendy Zwissler.
The first half ended with each team at zero. The Leopards jumped on the scoreboard first about 15 minutes into the second half off a corner kick which ricocheted off a CMS player. Katie Zwissler received credit for the goal.
The Athenas responded with a goal off a free kick just outside the penalty box. With less than five minutes left in the game and the score tied 1-1, CMS missed two opportunities to score. The first was on a corner kick, which was thwarted by an acrobatic save by goalkeeper Kim Schrepfer, who had 15 saves. The second hit the top of the cross bar from a shot outside the penalty box.
The winning goal came less than two minutes into the second overtime and was scored off a cross that made the score 2-1.
Katie Zwissler injured her ankle and came out briefly in the second half, but returned to finish the game.
“It’s my last four games here at La Verne and I’m not giving it up for an injury,” said Zwissler.
The Leopards traveled to UC Santa Cruz to play a non-conference game against the Banana Slugs on Sunday, losing 3-1.
“We came out with a lack of intensity,” said Wendy Zwissler.
Santa Cruz amassed 26 shots on goal while ULV had 10.
“They were tough and it made us realize some points we have to work on,” said defender Kelly Black.
Zwissler said the Leopards are not giving up on this season, and have high hopes for the future.
“We’re a young team and young teams make mistakes under pressure, but we’re learning and gaining experience,” said the coach. The Leopards are a young team with 15 freshmen.