Photo: Noelle Davis
PASADENA (Nov. 2, 2019) – The Caltech women's soccer team played perhaps its strongest defensive game of the season against stiff competition in Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, who clinched the top seed in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
The Beavers held the Sagehens off the board for a whopping 70 minutes and did so with precision, skill and proper positioning on the back end. Junior Nayla Abney (Sewell, N.J. / Deptford Township) and freshman Catherine Kauber (Pleasantville, N.Y. / Pleasantville) stopped the visitors in the middle on numerous occasions while freshman Jackie Wang (Winter Park, Fla. / Trinity Preparatory School) and sophomore Jocelyn Kho (Temple City, Calif. / Temple City) held down the edge with some decisive plays throughout that stretch. Freshman goalkeeper Eve Fine (Locust Valley, N.Y. / Friends Academy) looked the part between the pipes and made nine saves against a talented roster. Collectively, the Caltech defense blocked an additional nine Pomona-Pitzer shots with a trajectory for the net.
"I am so proud of our team and our performance today against a very talented team," Head Coach Ellery Gould said. "Our team executed our gameplan and played with passion and grit for the full 90 minutes. I couldn't be happier for our scholar-athletes to end on such a positive note for the last game of our season, as they have truly dedicated themselves to working hard and improving every day until the final whistle."
The Beavers matched last season's scoring output with seven goals, but also improved on last year's assist total, coming up with five helpers in 2019. Junior Krystin Brown (Lake Forest, Calif. / Trabuco Hills) led the Beavers with four goals and finds herself in pole position for the career goals record with 10 to her name heading into her senior season. Rookie goalkeeper Valerie Hetherington (Bozeman, Mon. / Deerfield Academy) took a record of her own this season when she grabbed the single-season saves record with 115.