After playing in its first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) championship game since winning the 2012 SCIAC championship, the women’s soccer team fell 4-0 to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the conference final Nov. 5.
Having lost to the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas (16-5-1, 11-2-1) both times during the season, the Panthers were hoping for a different outcome. However, the Athenas scored in the fifth minute and held onto the lead for the rest of the game.
Head coach Courtney Calderon said that despite her disappointment with the result, she was still proud of her team’s progress this season.
“We are bummed as a team,” Calderon said. “We wanted to go to the NCAA playoffs, but at the end of the day I am very proud of what we accomplished. We worked hard as individuals and as a team. We just couldn’t connect the things we needed to win.”
Junior defender Wren Osler received a pass from senior midfielder Laynee Laube and put the chance away to put Chapman in an early deficit. The Athenas doubled their lead in the 21st minute, as Laube scored an unassisted goal from the right edge of the 18-yard box.
Chapman (9-9-2, 6-7-2) continued to struggle to contain the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps offense in the second half and racked up fouls as a result. The Panthers committed 14 fouls compared to the Athenas’ seven and received three yellow cards while the Athenas had none.
Chapman senior defender Jessica Loya said that she was still proud of her teammates despite the result.
“This team fought so hard to make it to the championship and although we didn’t get the result we were hoping for, I wouldn’t have wanted to play with any other team and am extremely proud of us,” Loya said.
Chapman was scored on twice in the second half. The first came from Laube — who had two goals and an assist in the game — in a one-on-one with Chapman senior goalkeeper Kristin Kleinow. The second came with 17 minutes left to go, as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior midfielder Amy Johnson scored a free kick which deflected off a Chapman defender before going into the net.
As a senior, this was Loya’s last game and marked the end of her Chapman soccer career, something she said she was privileged to have.
“It was such a surreal experience playing in the SCIAC championship as my last game,” Loya said. “I’m really sad that my season is over, but I feel so privileged to have played soccer here. Not only did we make it into the SCIAC tournament but we were able to beat the top team (Pomona-Pitzer) and knock them out.”