Photo: Noelle Davis
FOREST GROVE, Ore. (Sept. 5, 2019) – The Caltech women's soccer team hung tough in the face of adversity, scoring a late goal to draw even with the opponents before host Pacific University scored the winner in the first game of the Beavers' Oregon road trip.
The Beavers played the majority of the game trailing the host Boxers by one goal but struck late in the second half to bring the momentum back to their side. Junior midfielder Krystin Brown (Lake Forest, Calif. / Trabuco Hills) scored her first goal of the season on a clean strike into the left side of the goal. Sophomore forward Zoe Rock (Chappaqua, N.Y. / Horace Greeley) initiated the play with a nice run up the left wing and crossed the ball to freshman forward Reeya Chenanda (Columbus, Ind. / Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities) who got a foot on the ball amid a scrum in front of the net. The ball then found its way to Brown's feet and the junior had enough time to give the visitors the equalizer with less than three minutes to go in regulation.
Although the Boxers connected on the game-winning goal with just 45 seconds remaining the game, the Beavers played a sound collective game for the majority of the 90 minutes. Caltech held Pacific scoreless over 86 minutes as both of the home team's goals came early and late in the contest. Over that lengthy span, freshman goalkeeper Valerie Hetherington (Bozeman, Mon. / Deerfield Academy) performed admirably with five saves.
Along the way, the Beavers also contributed a few key chances that would have tied the game even earlier. One of said chances came off a Brown corner kick that freshman defender Catherine Kauber (Pleasantville, N.Y. / Pleasantville) redirected into the arms of the opposing goalkeeper. Caltech had another good chance when Brown crossed the ball to classmate Rachel Sun (Tustin, Calif. / Beckman) for a header attempt which was also thwarted due to a tough save by the Pacific netminder.
Head Coach Ellery Gould and the Beavers will remain in Oregon for one more game on Saturday, Sept. 7 when they head to Portland to face Lewis & Clark College at 11 a.m.