LV smooths rough patch
|Posted Oct. 6, 2006|
The University of La Verne soccer team has hit a bit of a rough patch offensively.
While they have only allowed four goals in their last six games, the Leopards have lost three of those games, 1-0. Even though the offense may be sporadic right now, the defense has been solid.
The Occidental Tigers came to La Verne on Wednesday and the Leopards needed to find a way to put the ball in the net.
With a convincing 4-1 win, the Leopards improved to 5-6 overall on the season and 3-3 in SCIAC play.
It was a different story when the Redlands Bulldogs, ranked No. 21 in Division III, came to town. The Leopards knew they were in for a tough game.
As both teams battled in the first half, neither was able to cash in their scoring chances.
The Leopards best chance came after a long throw in went through the goal box mid way through the first half.
Unfortunately, with the Redlands goalie out of position, the defense was able to clear the ball out of harms way.
Throughout the game, La Verne made some great defensive stands of its own.
ULV defender Tim Forrest saved a goal after a Redlands corner kick was headed towards the corner of the net.
Forrest, who was positioned at the near post, was able to leap and head the ball to safety.
The game’s lone goal came in the 79th minute when a rebound bounced away from La Verne goalkeeper Cody Black right to Redlands’ Alex Parker.
From about 18 yards out, Parker was able to finish off the play in what would eventually prove to be the game winner. Black finished the game with 10 saves for the Leopards.
“We couldn’t put the ball in the net,” said La Verne defenseman Eric Gomez, “but they took advantage of their opportunity.”
The defensive battles on the field eventually led to some frustration for both teams. With four yellow cards handed out during the game, emotions were starting to run high.
The person most noticeably affected was not a player but a Redlands mom. After she felt a La Verne player had pushed the Redlands goalie, Andy Roraff, the mom was almost on the field screaming at the referee while waving her pompons.
After being visibly upset with the officiating, her most animated reaction was yet to come.
After Redlands scored to take the lead, the woman took off, running down the entire sideline in celebration, still waving her pompons.
“We’re playing hard and matching teams,” head coach Crescencio Gonzalez said, “the ball is just not going our way.”
La Verne still has eight conference games remaining on the year, so anything can happen.
“It will be a battle till the end for SCIAC,” Gomez said, “especially with all the teams at the top knocking each other off.”
The Leopards will now have two games on the road against Cal Lutheran and Whittier before coming back home for a three game homestand against Claremont, Caltech and Pomona Pitzer.
With conference play about half way completed, the conference crown is still up for grabs.
Jason Jarvis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.