Leopards drop 2, prep for tourney

Campus Times
October 31, 1997

photo by Ryan Sones

Freshman forward Max Gebhardt (#3) dribbles the ball across midfield during the first half of Tuesday night's game against the Chapman Panthers. The Leopards held the Panthers scoreless until the second half, when Chapman began a scoring rampage of seven goals during the last 23 minutes of play to win, 7-0.

by Greg MacDonald
Editorial Assistant

After losing last Saturday to the visiting Occidental Tigers, 2-0, in a contest that was more of a boxing match, the University of La Verne men's soccer team traveled to Chapman and dropped another game, 7-0.

On Tuesday against the Panthers, the Leopards held Chapman without a goal in the first half. But the Panthers scored seven times in a 23-minute span in the second half to seal the win.

The first two goals for the Panthers came in the 61st and 62nd minutes off the foot of sophomore Jeremy Elle.

"We hit a very hot streak," said Chapman head coach Eddie Carrillo of his team's seven-goal streak. "La Verne was playing us tough in the first half, but we broke through."

After two more goals later in the half, junior Aaron Poling scored twice in the 80th minute, the first on a header on a rebound and the second was from straight on. The Panthers added their seventh goal four minutes later.

The La Verne goalie, junior Jon Tunstall, played 80 minutes. He saved 14 of the 23 Chapman shots, but four shots found the back of the net.

Sophomore goalie Jon Castle played 10 minutes for ULV, giving up three goals on seven Chapman shots.

On the other side of the field, the Panther goalie, junior Paul Gerdis, recorded his ninth shutout of the season, blocking two of La Verne's five shots.

"Paul has been a catalyst for our team. He always is intense and takes his job seriously," said Carrillo. "He leads us to victory."

ULV's record fell to 2-12 overall after the loss at Chapman. The Panthers improved to 12-5-1.

"We have been playing well all season," said Carrillo. "Our team is looking forward to the playoffs, if we get that far."

On Saturday, the Leopards were involved in a scuffle with the Tigers that overshadowed a great game. Occidental was on the winning end, 2-0. La Verne's Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) record fell to 2-5.

Cal Lutheran is atop the SCIAC with 14 points (7-0). Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is second with a conference record of 6-1. Pomona-Pitzer (5-2) is in third and Occidental (3-3-1) is fourth. Redlands, ULV, Whittier and Caltech round out the standings.

Cal Lu is the leader in overall goals with 59 scored. CMS is next with 54. Pomona-Pitzer has 31 on the season. La Verne ranks at the bottom of the list with 10 scores. The Leopards also have given up 40 goals.

The Leopards will next play in the SCIAC tournament, beginning tomorrow. The tournament is round-robin style between the top four teams and the bottom four teams. ULV opens at Whittier (4-11 overall, 1-5-1 in SCIAC) tomorrow at 1 p.m.