Two years ago, the women’s soccer team finished last in its conference. Last season, it pulled off a shock upset, defeating No. 1 seeded Pomona-Pitzer in a 5-4 penalty shootout to advance to the conference finals. Pomona-Pitzer was the only undefeated team in the conference last season before Chapman knocked it out of the playoffs.
Almost a year later and in back-to-back conference games, Chapman – no longer an underdog – continues to haunt Pomona-Pitzer, this time beating the team 3-2 at home Sept. 13. The Panthers are now 5-0, marking their longest winning streak since 2012, thanks to a game-winning golden goal in double overtime from sophomore midfielder Elly Aronson.
“I’m really pumped,” Aronson said. “It feels great. We are 100 percent capable of keeping the streak going.”
Chapman fell behind early in the game, but less than a minute after being scored on by Pomona-Pitzer, junior midfielder Lindsay Erl responded with a goal from nearly 40 yards out. With less than a minute remaining in the first half, junior midfielder Shelby Brown put Chapman ahead, giving the Panthers a 2-1 lead at the half.
Chapman and Pomona-Pitzer both stayed scoreless in the second half, until Pomona-Pitzer managed to score a goal in the 83rd minute due to a major blunder from Chapman’s junior goalkeeper Maeve O’Connor. O’Connor inadvertently tipped the ball to Pomona-Pitzer sophomore midfielder Brianna Lau for a wide-open goal.
“The problem is when a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it’s big,” said head coach Courtney Calderon.
Despite the blunder, Chapman kept the game scoreless throughout the rest of regulation and overtime, which sent the game to double overtime. Less than two minutes into the period, Erl put away the game-winner with a first-time shot that sailed over the goalkeeper, giving Chapman the win.
“I wish we didn’t have to take it to overtime, but these girls worked for it and deserved it,” Calderon said.
Chapman’s next game comes at home against California Lutheran University at 7 p.m. Sept. 16.