Five games into the season, men’s soccer is still without a win. Chapman was also without six of its senior players and its two assistant coaches, who were suspended from Sept. 4 to Sept. 10 for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
The Panthers drew 1-1 against Pomona-Pitzer Sept. 6, lost 2-0 to California Lutheran University Sept. 9 and lost 4-0 to Colorado College Sept. 10.
This marks the first time since 2005 that men’s soccer has gone five games without a win, and the first time since 2004 that it has gone three home games without a win. Chapman’s loss to Colorado College also marks the first time that Chapman has lost by a four-goal margin since 2012.
Head coach Eddie Carrillo said the losses “absolutely” had an effect on the team’s confidence.
“I don’t think you can go and lose two games and feel like you’re world beaters,” Carrillo said. “I think that no matter what, everybody here thinks they should play. Nobody would be on this team unless they thought they were good, so when you get an opportunity, you are supposed to perform. If you’re not performing, then you’re not winning. And that’s what happened.”
Chapman’s draw came against Pomona-Pitzer, a team Chapman beat twice last year. Sophomore midfielder Ryan Onart scored the lone goal for Chapman Sept. 6, flicking in a back heel shot into the bottom corner after a nearly full-field run and cross from sophomore defender Rhey Gill.
“It was honestly instinctive,” Onart said. “You try that stuff in practice and it goes well sometimes, but you look like an idiot if it doesn’t go in.”
Chapman followed the draw with a loss to Cal Lutheran, though Carrillo said he thought the team’s defense improved in the loss.
“Defensively, I thought we did a better job today (Sept. 9) than we did Wednesday (against Pomona-Pitzer), even though we lost 2-0 (today),” Carrillo said. “Today was a better team, a little more experienced team. They’ve got a lot of seniors, so they’re a little more experienced than Pomona-Pitzer.”
Chapman was also unable to beat Cal Lutheran last year, losing 2-0 away and drawing 2-2 at home in double overtime. Sophomore midfielder Jonah Tipp and junior forward Kai Howe said Chapman needs to improve on its finishing, a recurring concern from Chapman players.
“I think we just need to get more chances and finish our chances,” Tipp said. “In that final third, (we need) a little bit more quality, that one more level of quality.”
Chapman outshot Cal Lutheran 16 to three in the game, but only put three shots on target compared to Cal Lutheran’s two – both of which were goals.
Chapman’s worst performance came in the Sept. 10 4-0 loss to Colorado College, when freshman goalkeeper Gianluca Torgerson was sent off for a hand ball on a clear scoring chance.
“We played bad today,” Carrillo said. “We gave away three goals in the first half. We got a red card. We had a bad game.”
Carrillo said he would tell his players there is still time to improve.
“It’s still a long season,” Carrillo said. “We’ve still got 13 games – we have 12 conference games and one nonconference game, so just one game at a time, (we’ll) pick up points every game, hopefully, and we’ll see where it puts us.”