In the final regular season game, the women’s soccer team fell to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (14-5-1, 11-2-1) in a 4-3 loss on its senior day.
Despite the loss, Chapman (9-8-1, 6-7-1) had already secured a spot in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament in a 2-0 win over the University of La Verne Wednesday.
“We just need to come back together, get focused, focus on our next game and take it one game at a time,” head coach Courtney Calderon said.
After finding themselves down 3-0 in the first half, the Panthers started to mount a comeback, starting with a late first-half goal from freshman defender Rachel Lustig. Freshman forward Taryn Silverglate also added a goal in the 80th minute.
Despite the momentum, Claremont responded with a goal five minutes later. Lustig would score her second goal of the game less than a minute later, but the goal proved too late in the game for Chapman to have a chance at tying the game up.
“I was glad I was able to contribute and put some in the back of the net for all the seniors,” Lustig said. “They have worked really hard and had a good four years. I was able to represent Chapman and help the team out.”
Calderon said the team showed positive signs during the game, but will need to work on some techniques before heading into the playoffs.
“Obviously, I like us digging down and scoring goals,” Calderon said. “It’s nice to score some goals. They’re just scrappy, and us getting in and wanting it. Obviously, we could have not given up those goals if we defended better and tracked our players. Those simple things just need to be fixed before we go into next week.”
With the team heading into the playoffs for the first time in four years, Lustig said she was especially happy for the seniors.
“We’re feeling good, really positive,” Lustig said. “I’m looking forward to being able to help the team out more. For the seniors, it’s a really big deal, just because they haven’t made playoffs in four years. I’m glad we’re able to move on and I look forward to winning.”
Despite that excitement, Lustig admitted there will be some nervousness going into the playoffs for the first time.
“I’m a little nervous, just because I don’t know what to expect and it’s my first postseason, but I’m looking forward to it and I’m excited to play on the field and hopefully put some more (goals) in the back of the net,” Lustig said.
The Panthers will travel to Pomona-Pitzer (13-1-2, 11-0-2) for its first playoff game on Wednesday, Nov. 2.