The University of La Verne women’s soccer team defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps last Saturday, 1-0.
In the 89th minute of the game, freshman Rebecca Berry scored the game-winning goal. The Leopards had only six scoring chances compared to Claremont’s 16 but cashed in on the one that counted.
“Winning anytime is a great boost to a team’s morale,” said head coach Wendy Zwissler. “Beating Claremont, especially in the last minute of the game, after such a hard fought contest, is like a slap in the face to the losing team. They hit the cross bar three times and as luck would have it, we won.”
“This was a big win for us because it’s good to get the
Claremont McKenna forward Nicole Esclamado goes head-to-head with University of La Verne defender Amber Lejay to keep her out of La Verne’s territory.
The women’s soccer game on Saturday went scoreless until the last minutes of the match, when La Verne won with the only goal of the game.
season off on the right foot,” junior Katie Ford said. “The biggest thing about this game was that everyone kept working hard until the end. We weren’t thinking overtime.”
Although the Leopards posted the win, there was disappointment throughout the team.
“We didn’t play to our potential,” captain Nataly Clavel said. “If we play like that for the rest of the season that’s not going to cut it.”
The Leopards have great depth this year on their team with a number of returning veterans and talented rookies.
“We are so young and new to each other that every time we take the field, it is a new learning experience,” Zwissler said.
“A lot of our success comes from the leadership of our veterans, that’s what really keeps us together,” Ford said.
The Leopards improved to 3-2-1 and will take on Pomona-Pitzer tomorrow to continue their Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
ULV continues SCIAC competition next week with games against Redlands and Occidental.
“This next week we have to make sure that we come out strong as a team,” Clavel said.
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