CMS defeats La Verne, 3-2

Posted Sept. 22, 2006
Kelly Rivas
Going head-to-head in the backfield on Hope International’s side, Arianna Souri, midfielder for La Verne, collided with Natalie Villasenor, midfielder from Hope International, for a chance to shoot. The Royals and the Leopards played to a scoreless tie on Monday.

The University of La Verne women’s soccer team lost 3-2 to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Wednesday.

Claremont drew first blood scoring two goals early in play. Leopards’ midfielder Stephanie Needles rapidly replied with a goal setting the score to 2-1. CMS scored another goal before the half was over leaving the score 3-1.

After the third goal scored by CMS a goalie swap was made by La Verne for Lauren Britt by freshman Bridgette Jennings.

After Jennings entered the game CMS was scoreless while ULV’s top scorer senior forward Amber Lejay tried to cut the lead with a goal after 65 minutes of play but it was not enough for a come back and La Verne was defeated, 3-2.

Lejay had just returned to play against CMS after a sprained ankle suffered in the Whittier game, which kept her out of the game against Hope International on Monday.

The Leopards experienced recent success after their trip to Chicago where they lost to two nationally-ranked teams, 18th ranked Chicago and 24th ranked Wheaton from Illinois.

“The Chicago games were good for us, we played nationally ranked teams and that helped us to really step up our game,” Lejay said. “We found trust in each other which gives us confidence as a team.”

The team battled back to defeat Cal Lutheran on Sept. 13 after the losses in Chicago. ULV went on to beat Whittier on Saturday, and tie Hope International.

Playing the first game of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on the road is never an easy task, but the Leopards pulled through 64 minutes into the game against Cal Lutheran.

Sophomore Rebecca Berry placed a corner kick onto the feet of senior Mercedes Bermudez for a pass to Kayce Matsunaga who put it past the Cal Lutheran goalie for the only goal of the game.

“We are realizing our strengths and trying to create some magic on offense,” Lejay said.

Being away from home was not a problem for the Leopards as they crushed Whittier on Saturday, 6-0.

Lejay led the offensive attack scoring the first goal. ULV’s senior midfielder Katie Ford and junior midfielder Laura Larsen continued the attack scoring a goal each before the half leaving the score 3-0.

The Leopards were not done yet, as junior forward Ana Kaviani scored early in the second half followed by another goal by Lejay. La Verne dominated the entire game and after 65 minutes of play freshman midfielder Arianna Souri put the last goal on the board.

The game against Hope International was the first of the season on the Leopards home field and ended in a scoreless tie. ULV was on the attack making the Royals goalie make 13 saves while La Verne’s offense out-shot them 16 to 11 but each team failed to score a goal.

The offensive attack was not the only story ULV’s defense held the Leopards together. Senior goalie Lauren Britt had nine saves and earned her second shutout of the season.

“The teams to beat this year are CMS, Redlands and defending champs Pomona-Pitzer,” Lauren Reed said, “So the CMS game is a big game and should be a good match up for us.”

Head Coach Wendy Zwissler is entering her 16th season coaching soccer at the University of La Verne.

“We have great leadership in our seniors,” Zwissler said, “We got some great transfer girls in Ana (Kaviani), Kayce (Matsunaga) and a good younger group adding two new goalkeepers.”

The Leopards have a great returning team with three 4-year starters: Lejay, Ford and Bermudez along with three other seniors Britt, Penny Burcham and Claudia Ramirez.

The Leopards next game will be at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at home against Pomona-Pitzer.

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