ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (Sept. 11, 2019) – The Caltech women's soccer team came one goal away from earning its first victory of the season at Soka University of America on Wednesday. The Beavers now find themselves on a streak of four one-goal differential games just five games into the season and have been competitive in every game. In contrast, Caltech played three one-goal differential games or better all of last season.
Junior Krystin Brown (Lake Forest, Calif. / Trabuco Hills) got the visitors off on the right foot with a successful strike just over 10 minutes into the game. The Beavers set up the goal from the outside and after freshman defender Jackie Wang (Winter Park, Fla. / Trinity Preparatory School) found an opening in the Soka backline, she chipped the ball to Brown who went on to beat the opposing defender and goalkeeper for the low finish. From there, the game took on a more physical tone, but the Beavers maintained a consistent pace over the entire 90 minutes. Following the strong start, Caltech continued to maintain possession and create attacking chances, finishing the game with 12 team shots.
Trailing 2-1 in the final minutes of play, the Beavers kept a strong demeanor on the road and a prime scoring chance set up by sophomore forward Zoe Rock (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) inside the opposing box came a few inches wide of potentially sending the game to overtime. The Caltech backline succeeded in limiting chances for Soka over the final 30 minutes of the game, allowing freshman goalkeeper Valerie Hetherington (Bozeman, Mon. / Deerfield Academy) to come up with 10 saves over the full 90 minutes of action.
Head Coach Ellery Gould and the Beavers will return home on Saturday, Sept. 14 to host the University of California, Santa Cruz for an 11 a.m. contest.