The Leopards defended their home turf in a 6-0 win to improve to 11-7-1 overall and 8-7 in the SCIAC, while the Beavers are now 0-17-1 (0-14-1).
With La Verne desperately needing a victory to retain any hope of qualifying for the postseason, an early penalty kick goal by Nathan Gonzalez, who ranks second in the SCIAC in goals scored, put Caltech behind the eight-ball in just the fourth minute, and three minutes later a second goal off a long ball down the wing sent the Leopards comfortably into the lead. Gokcen led the push to get back into the game as he had a shot blocked and forced a save on another before La Verne tacked on a third goal via a low cross in the 29th minute. A second penalty kick goal later in the half handed the Leopards the 4-0 lead going into halftime.
Sophomore John David Feist (Dallas, Texas / Jesuit College Prep), who had stopped all three penalties he had faced prior to the game, saved three consecutive shots as the first half wound down and the second got underway, but Gonzalez would strike again in the 54th minute for La Verne. Caltech once again showed its resilience, however, never letting up on the attack as junior Adam Ball (Carol Stream, Ill. / Glenbard North), senior Marec Serlin (Philadelphia, Pa. / Harriton), sophomore Pedro Ojeda (Wellington, Fla. / Kings Academy) and sophomore Kevin Gao (Los Alamos, N.M. / Los Alamos) each ripped a shot on goal apiece over the next 20 minutes as the Beavers pushed furiously and were unlucky not to get on the scoreboard. The Leopards added a final goal at the 83-minute mark to cruise to the win.
Head Coach Rolando Uribe and the Beavers will close out the season hosting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 4 p.m.