Posted: Oct 14, 2015
Photo by Bob Palermini
PASADENA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2015) – Junior Schaeffer Reed (Miami, Fla. / Westminster Christian) bagged a brace to reward Head Coach Phil Murray's decision to field him as a forward for the first time in his career against Whittier College on Wednesday afternoon.
The Poets took an early lead and fended off a late first half challenge from the Beavers to claim the 5-2 victory. Whittier improves to 5-7-1 overall and 4-6-1 in the SCIAC while Caltech is now 0-11 (0-11).
Whittier threatened to take control from the outset, but Reed and the rest of the Beavers offense made a point of pushing up-field and the converted defender soon put the first of his and the team's only three shots on target in the eighth minute to force a save.
Junior J.D. Feist (Richardson, Texas / Jesuit College Prep) made three saves before the Poets finally breached the defense for their first goal in the 20th minute and again in the 35th. Reed responded just three minutes later with a header off a free kick from freshman Jack Banaszak (Bethesda, Md. / Bethesda Chevy-Chase) to halve the deficit heading into halftime.
The visitors gained some breathing room on a penalty shot thanks to a handball in the 49th minute and added another in the 66th to go ahead by three at 4-1. Reed, having sent another header just over the bar in the 63rd minute, hit his second goal on a header off Banaszak's corner to again halve the deficit. The Poets would seal the victory with their fifth goal in the 75th minute.
Head Coach Phil Murray and the Beavers will head to Orange, Calif. to face Chapman University (7-5-3, 6-4-1) on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.