Last season, the women’s soccer team made the conference final. This year, for the second time in two years, it finished in last place.
While Chapman started the season with five straight wins, the team lost eight of its next nine games, all of which were in-conference. In each of the losses, the team was scored on in the first 28 minutes of the game.
Despite a poor season overall, the team finished well, winning three of its last four games, including the final game of the season, a 6-2 home drubbing of the University of La Verne on senior day Oct. 28.
“I think it is bittersweet to end the season as a whole, but to beat La Verne was awesome, considering last time we lost 3-2,” said senior captain and defender Emily Watts. “To come back and winning 6-2 is impressive.”
The senior class this season was composed of just three players, compared to the eight last year. Family members and close friends were lined up on the sidelines holding flowers to honor those graduating seniors: Watts, defender Ashley Carney, and midfielder Lara Jacobson.
Despite the negative results on the field during her senior season, Watts said she and her teammates are “extremely close on and off the field.”
“We had a lot of ups and downs throughout the season,” Watts said. “I think a lot of times it did not go in our favor, but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Despite the season’s results, Chapman finished strong against La Verne. The team created its first and only half goal, scored by Jacobson, less than three minutes into the game.
“We hold each other to a really high standard, so we know what we need to get done,” Jacobson said.
Chapman started the second half like the first, with freshman forward Emmie Farber scoring less than three minutes in. Farber, who came into the game having scored one goal in her career – in Chapman’s previous game Oct. 25 against Occidental College – highlighted her offensive skills by scoring on La Verne three times Oct 28.
“I had a lot of adrenaline, and it felt pretty good to end on that note,” Farber said.
Farber did not have much playing time in the first half of the season, and said she felt as though she was able to prove herself to her team.
As the second half of the match proceeded, tension grew between Chapman and La Verne – each team received two yellow cards after the game became physical. Carney and sophomore defender Faith Holloway received yellow cards alongside La Verne sophomore defender Alina Cobian and senior forward Jessica Hernandez.
Head coach Courtney Calderon yelled to the referee, “Protect my players. That is your job,” as Holloway was taken off the field due to a foot injury.
“For the first time, we played well and came out doing the things we’ve been trying to execute all season,” Calderon said. “Even though the season didn’t go completely our way, it was great to end on a positive note.”