LV keeps goals in sight after losses

La Verne’s defense held Cal State East Bay scoreless during the first half of Monday’s game against Cal State East Bay. La Verne senior Claudia Ramirez did not take the ball away from Cal State East Bay’s Britanie Strei, but did prevent Strei from getting near the goal. / photo by Sergio Sandoval
La Verne’s defense held Cal State East Bay scoreless during the first half of Monday’s game against Cal State East Bay. La Verne senior Claudia Ramirez did not take the ball away from Cal State East Bay’s Britanie Strei, but did prevent Strei from getting near the goal. / photo by Sergio Sandoval

The woman’s soccer team took a break from Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play this week to play Chapman and Cal State East Bay, ending the challenging week, going 0-2.

La Verne traveled to Orange on Wednesday night to play Chapman.

The Panthers pulled out to a strong lead in the first half with a pair of goals by Claire Callister and Hannah Rogers.

La Verne would trail Chapman the entire game.

In the 60th minute of play the Panthers Stephanie Lambrakis scored the third and final goal for Chapman.

The Leopards would answer back.

In the 73rd minute of play, freshman defender Cindel de Los Reyes scored her first goal of the season off a pass from senior midfielder Katie Ford.

The game ended in Panthers victory 3-1 and Chapman out shot La Verne 21-4.

Even though only five of Chapman’s 21 shoots landed on target.

On Monday afternoon, Cal State East Bay won, 1-0.

The scoreless first half match up was a battle. La Verne was not afraid to body up.

“During the first half our defense was able to shut down their offense and main shooter,” sophomore defender Lindsay Jones said.

There were missed opportunities to score on both sides during the first half and East Bay definitely displayed their speed.

Almost halfway through the second half senior midfielder Ashley Shadd of the Pioneers powered a corner kick past La Verne defenders and their goalie Brigette Jennings for the goal.

“It was a good shot,” said Jones, “there was nothing our goalie could have done, we just should have never given them that corner kick.”

Shadd had a solid performance with nine other shots on goal. La Verne was out shot by East Bay, 13-4.

“We communicated well and kept control of the ball but we didn’t shoot,” head coach Wendy Zwissler said.

“Overall we played a good game, we came out strong the first half,” said senior defender Amber Lejay, “Unfortunately they put in a lucky shot. Right now we are focusing on finishing the season.”

La Verne now stands with a record of 4-10-1.

“We have some important games to play,” Jones said, “To have almost lost to every team by only one goal does give us confidence in ourselves.”

La Verne’s will resume SCIAC conference play at 11 a.m. on Saturday against Pomona-Pitzer in Claremont.

La Verne lost to Pomona-Pitzer in the first round of conference play by a score of 3-2, so it should be an exciting match up.

Morgan Dobis can be reached at m.dobis15@yahoo.com.

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