Leopards rebound with SCIAC victory
October 4, 2002
ULV senior midfielder Josh Miller (No. 15) goes head to head with
sophomore defender Chad Greenwood (No. 15) of Occidental on Saturday's game.
Senior Brandon Karmann (No. 18) helped the Leopards keep the lead in the
first half of the game, but Occidental tied them in the second half, leading
to a sudden death overtime. ULV lost the game by one goal.
by Gloria Diaz
Arts & Entertainment Editor
The University of La Verne men's soccer team faced off against Whittier
Wednesday. The Leopards would find for their first win of the season against
A penalty kick for ULV in the first half sent midfielder Josh Miller
to the line.
Josh went to the right, but the Whittier goalie guessed wrong and went
to the left, allowing the Leopards to take the lead.
The score remained 1-0 throughout the first half.
Whittier was awarded a chance to score by the referee on a penalty kick
in the second half. But sophomore goalkeeper Louis Mendoza came up huge
for the Leopards and blocked the Poet's attempt. This save kickstarted Leopard
morale in the second half.
"The team was playing well and I really wanted to stop it so we
could get the victory," Mendoza said.
In the second half, La Verne found itself unable to convert on many
scoring chances, including many crosses by Miller and senior midfielder
These missed opportunities would not return to haunt the Leopards, though,
as the defense, led by many saves by Mendoza, held strong.
Miller's first-half goal would stand as the game-winner.
By the end of the game, the score would stay at 1-0, thus bringing ULV
its first victory for the 2002 season.
Saturday's game against Occidental proved to be a test of strength and
endurance for both teams. However, ULV was unable to clinch a win in its
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference home opener; the
Leopards lost 2-1 in double overtime.
The first half was marked by hit or miss efforts from both teams.
The first goal of the game came from Chabolla in the 17th minute.
Forward Edgar Manzo assisted Chabolla to put the Leopards on the scoreboard.
ULV's second half goal keeper Mendoza led the pack with six blocks against
Oxy's goal attempts.
"The first half was great; we played real well," starting
senior goalie Derek Ramirez said. "Nathan finished on a goal; it's
about time we got someone to score. Our defense did real well."
Another noteworthy player was defender John Helmer, who captained the
The blocking power from Mendoza in the second half was not enough to
stop Oxy from scoring.
They scored in the 28th minute of the second half, tying the game at
At the end of the second half, the game was still tied, sending it into
sudden death overtime, where the game winner would be decided. Whoever scored
first was to be the winner.
Once the first overtime period began, the game became more intense than
in regulation. Both teams attempted to score a number of times. There were
no goals scored, and the game went into a second round of overtime.
Shortly into the second overtime period, Oxy's Rossell Cibrian and Brian
Ford slipped the ball past ULV defenders and Mendoza to make them the victors
of ULV's SCIAC home opener by a score of 2-1.
"Stepan Karakesisoglu really stepped it up to get the team to believe
that they could win," said Max Gebhardt, assistant coach.
Although head coach Cres Gonzalez was satisfied with his team's performance,
he sees room for improvement in overall control of the ball.
"We need to possess the ball; we need to knock the ball around,"
The Williams Fire, which started in the Angeles National Forest and
spread into the mountains above La Verne, caused unhealthful air quality
for the La Verne community. This led to the cancellation of the Sept. 25
soccer match against Pomona-Pitzer and to the modification of practices
for the rest of the week.
"It gave us the chance to rest a little bit. We have been struggling
a little to get caught up physically," Gonzalez said.
This brings the Leopards' record to 1-5.
ULV will face Caltech at 11 a.m. tomorrow in Pasadena. ULV has a definite
chance of becoming 2-2 in SCIAC with a win against the Beavers. ULV's next
home match is against Claremont-Mudd Scripps at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ben
Hines Field. The Stags are presently atop the SCIAC standings.