The University of Redlands is not a welcoming place for Chapman’s men’s soccer team. The last time Chapman traveled to Redlands’ Farquhar Field was last season, when Redlands beat Chapman 2-0 in the conference final. Chapman hasn’t traveled to Redlands and won since 2011, in a game where the Panthers needed double overtime to win. At every away game at Redlands since then, Chapman has lost, including its most recent 1-0 loss Sept. 27.
“We played poorly,” said head coach Eddie Carrillo. “It’s the first time in a while that we haven’t played well with a full roster. We haven’t played like this in eight years.”
Neither team had many clear-cut chances in the game. Carrillo said that Redlands only had two legitimate chances, both of which came at the start of each half. The first came to the feet of Redlands senior forward Chase Boone after a failed Chapman clearance, giving him a clear shot, which ricocheted off the crossbar before being scooped up by Chapman senior goalkeeper Sean Augustine.
Chapman was not as fortunate on the second chance, which happened less than three minutes into the second half. Another failed clearance hit a Redlands player, with the ball falling to his feet, which resulted in a penalty kick and a goal after sophomore defender Jarod Matteoni fouled him.
“On their goal, we cleared the ball and we thought it went right into the (Redlands) player’s hands,” said senior defender Kannon Kuhn. “We kind of got unlucky on that, and then we were put in a situation where we had to foul, so it was a penalty kick. It’s definitely frustrating, but we weren’t really able to find our rhythm today, so we can’t complain because we didn’t really get offensive shots on goal.”
Kuhn said the loss was especially disappointing due to Chapman’s rivalry with Redlands.
“It’s a game we always want to win – it means a little more especially at their place, because we have struggled at their place,” Kuhn said. “We came out pumped up and were pretty disappointed that we lost by a goal again, which is similar to what’s happened to us in the past there.”
The historic tension of the matchup was something that showed late in the second half, when a Redlands coach was given a yellow card for arguing with the referee.
“He wasn’t happy with the referee not giving a call on one of his players,” said senior midfielder Elliott Braund. “He overreacted and paid the consequence with a yellow card.”
Because of a change in the conference schedule at the start of the season, Chapman will only play 14 in-conference games, compared to last year’s 16 in-conference games. Redlands and Occidental College are the two teams Chapman will only play once in the regular season.
Carrillo said despite being unable to play Redlands at home – where Chapman has not lost to Redlands since 2006 – it was hard to complain about how the schedule played out.
“I would’ve liked to play them at home, but that’s just the way it worked out this year,” Carrillo said. “If we were in a better position and had beat them tonight, then I wouldn’t want to play them again. It’s hard to say (we want to play them again) when we lost.”
Carrillo said his main concerns were the implications the game would have on a possible NCAA Tournament bid.
“I’m afraid that only one team (from the conference) is going to get to the NCAA tournament and it’s going to be the one that wins the conference,” Carrillo said.
Braund and Kuhn both said that they hope to see Redlands again in the conference playoffs.
“We wish we had another shot against them, but we believe we’ll see them again later this year in the playoffs,” Kuhn said.
Chapman’s next game will be at home at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 against the California Institute of Technology.