PASADENA, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2015) – Senior Adam Ball (Carol Stream, Ill. / Glenbard North) scored a brilliant goal as the Caltech men's soccer team put on its best offensive showing of the season in a 3-1 defeat to the University of La Verne on Wednesday afternoon.
The second-place Leopards improve to 9-2 overall and 6-2 in the SCIAC while the Beavers dip to 0-7 (0-7).
Things started slowly as neither could gain a footing on the other until La Verne struck on the first shot of the game in the sixth minute. Saul Uribe sent a cross in from the right wing, where Nathan Gonzalez trapped it in traffic and powered it into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. ULV tacked on a second goal nine minutes later as Uribe took a pass from 10 yards out on the right side of the box and popped a shot off the crossbar.
Caltech slowly started to bounce back as junior J.D. Feist (Richardson, Texas / Jesuit College Prep) and the defense turned away a handful of Leopards chances while the offense earned some chances of its own, including a dangerous shot on target from sophomore Chris Haack (New York, N.Y. / The Browning School) in the waning minutes of the half.
Caltech dominated possession as the second half got underway, ripping four shots and winning a corner in the first five minutes. Two corners later in the 60th minute, freshman Tristan Née (Dallas, Texas / R.L. Turner) sent a looping ball to the top of the box, where the unmarked Ball smashed a volleyball off a goal line defender's head and into the net to halve the deficit.
The Beavers continued to threaten midway through the half but the Leopards found their stride again and pushed forward for an insurance goal, which they were awarded on an own goal in the 86th minute to seal the win.
Juniors Alec Sands (Longwood, Fla. / Trinity Prep) and Schaeffer Reed (Miami, Fla. / Westminster Christian) and senior Theodore Wilkening (Bowie, Md. / Elen) each put a shot on target as well, while Feist made six saves between the posts.
Head Coach Phil Murray and the Beavers next will head to Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (3-5-2, 3-3-1) on Saturday, Oct. 3.