Women’s soccer loses to Athenas

Posted Oct. 19, 2007
Steven Bier
La Verne defender Danielle Sumlin battled Claremont-Mudd-Scripps forward Giselle Galanto in the first half of Saturday’s game while midfielder Katie Gebhart awaits the pass from her teammate. The Athenas defeated the Leopards on Oct. 13, 3-0. The Leopards game against Chapman on Tuesday, Oct. 16, resulted in the Panthers pouncing on the Leopards, 4-1. ULV will resume action Friday against Pomona-Pitzer with kick-off at 4 p.m.

Jonathan Smith
Staff Writer

In 1987 the first University of La Verne women’s soccer team stepped on the field.

Last Saturday the Leopards stepped on the field again to honor the past and compete in the present.

But their efforts in seeking their second win of the season came up short as the Leopards lost, 3-0, to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The loss comes as their 11th of the season.

“I think we played well,” said head coach Wendy Zwissler, who is in her 16th year. “We had a few problems.”

CMS scored quickly at the seventh minute with a goal by freshman Laura Hagen.

Sophomore goalkeeper Bridgette Jennings was a bright spot on the field for the Leopards, finishing the match with a career-high 11 saves.

But her efforts were not enough to hold off the Athenas, who ended the game with 25 shot attempts.

“I thought it was a really good effort,” said sophomore defender Danielle Sumlin. “I always think that I can do better.”

The game was delayed for a couple of minutes due to an injury of one of the Leopards’ players.

ULV junior defender Kaitlin Hildred collided with a CMS player and went down.

She had to be helped off the field and did not return.

An MRI will be taken on Saturday to confirm the extent of the injury.

Hildred believes she might have torn both her medial collateral ligament and anterior cruciate ligament and will be out for the season.

She said that injuries have been plaguing the Leopards since the start of the season.

“I was disappointed that we lost,” Hildred said. “We need all the players we can get right now.”

The game continued on as CMS extended their lead in the final minutes of play. Chrysanthia Cheung-Lau scored her second goal at the 79th minute to make the score 2-0.

Minutes later, Cheung-Lau registered her second goal at the 85th minute over a group of Leopards.

The Leopards were not able to overcome the deficit.

The ULV players were not particularly pleased with their overall performance against the Athenas.

“We had a hard time with our first touches,” Sumlin said.

They also failed to exact revenge against CMS, who defeated the Leopards in overtime play the last time the two teams met.

The Athenas currently are in first place in the Southern Cali­fornia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 9-1 record.

The Leopards, in sixth place in SCIAC with a 1-7-1 record, played tough and stingy defense all game, but were not able to bolster their offensive front, only managing three shots on goal.

“We worked the ball pretty well across the field. We had our chances,” Hildred said. “We just couldn’t put it together.”

The day marked a special time for the squad as it was used to commemorate the first ULV women’s soccer team and celebrate the 20-year history of the program.

Alumni from the program were invited back to help in the festivities. Also, a special halftime dedication program was given to honor the 1987 team.

“We’re following in their footsteps,” Zwissler said.

Although the game registered as a loss, the 20th anniversary of the program was enough to keep the team’s hopes up.

Now, the Leopards look towards the future of their young squad as they try to finish up their season on a high note.

“I think we have a pretty good chance to finish out the season strong,” Hildred said.

“We’ll keep working our touches,” Zwissler said. “Keep working on building our stamina.”

Jonathan Smith can be reached at jsmith11@ulv.edu.

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