PASADENA (Sept. 19, 2018) – Successful strikes from sophomore Gianfranco de Castro (Weston, Fla. / Cypress Bay) and junior Theo Yang (Columbia, Md. / Long Reach), in addition to timely defensive tactics allowed the Caltech men's soccer team to take SCIAC contender Chapman University to double overtime at North Field. Wednesday marked the first time the Beavers scored multiple goals in a SCIAC game since their last SCIAC win, a 2-1 victory over California Lutheran University back in 2011.
de Castro got things started for the Beavers when a punt from sophomore goalkeeper Joe Como (Glen Cove, N.Y. / Friends Acad.) sailed to the edge of the Panthers' box, where the sophomore forward outhustled two defenders and the opposing keeper to corral the ball and finish from short range. Later in the half, Yang found some space from a Daniel Israel (San Jose, Calif. / Lynbrook) pass and spun a deep shot into the net and out of reach of the goalkeeper with 27 seconds to go in the half, knotting things at two goals apiece.
A defensive second half followed the four-goal first half as the Beavers turned to Como and the Caltech defensive shell to keep them in the game. The sophomore responded with 13 saves, seven of which came in the second half. Como's biggest stop came in the 78th minute when he perfectly scouted a Chapman cross, positioning himself to prevent the go-ahead goal. Caltech would hold the visitors off the board for the rest of the second half to force overtime, then for another 18 minutes between the two extra periods. The Beavers ultimately came less than two minutes shy of earning their first SCIAC points under Head Coach Phil Murray.
Murray and the Beavers will travel to Occidental College on Saturday, Sept. 22 for a 7 p.m. game.