PASADENA (Sept. 2, 2019) – An impressive team display in just the Caltech women's soccer team's second game of the season unfortunately was undone by an early goal for visiting San Diego Christian in a 1-0 defeat on Labor Day morning.
The Beavers controlled the majority of the game following a tepid start that saw SDCC steal a goal in just the fifth minute. Sophomore Schuyler Dick (Hudson, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit) was ever-present ahead of the back line while junior Rachel Sun (Tustin, Calif. / Beckman) made several admirable passes to transition the ball upfield, but the end product for Caltech was a bit lacking, however, as just three of the Beavers' 10 shots made it on frame while they were whistled for 10 offside calls. Still, the hosts held firm at the back, pushed forward throughout the game and threatened constantly all around the 18-yard box, with seven players registering at least one shot.
Junior Netra Ravishankar (Fremont, Calif. / American) broke free for Caltech's first clear chance after a pair of early offside calls when standout rookie outside back Jackie Wang (Winter Park, Fla. / Trinity Prep School) burst upfield and led her with a perfectly weighted ball, but the winger slipped her attempt to sneak the ball under the onrushing goalkeeper wide of the near post. Sophomore Zoe Rock (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) soon after put the Beavers' first shot on frame with a nice settle and soft curler from the penalty spot, but the keeper reacted in time to make the save.
A trio of substitutions prior to the water break kept the Caltech attack going strong, particularly as freshman Amanda Gawlowicz (Hoover, Ala. / Hoover) brought some aggressive energy over a 15-minute period that helped to win a free kick just outside of the penalty box and got classmate Bella Hurvitz (Santa Barbara, Calif. / San Marcos) some space to move upfield and crack a good effort that sailed just high.
The rookie class continued to make its presence felt in the second half as outside back Helen Siavelis (Arlington Heights, Ill. / Prospect) found herself with another good look just over 10 feet from the goal, but her shot too was saved well. Perhaps the highlight of the game, however, came from the experienced Sun who made a nice move to get open for a high arching shot that had the home crowd on its feet from the moment she struck it, but the goalkeeper just managed to deflect before it snuck into the upper corner of the net.
Caltech continued to press for the remainder of the game and nearly broke through on a flurry of blocked shots by Dick and Sun in the waning minutes, but SDCC held firm enough in the biggest moments and escaped with the hard-fought victory.
Head Coach Ellery Gould and the Beavers will carry what they have learned from their first pair of games into a two-game trip to the Pacific Northwest later this week, where they will face Pacific (Ore.) University on Thursday, Sept. 2 and Lewis & Clark College on Saturday.