In the penultimate game of the regular season Oct. 26, the Chapman women’s soccer team secured a 2-0 win over last-placed University of La Verne (3-15, 2-12). Thanks to the victory, the Panthers have secured their spot in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference playoffs.
“Obviously, it was huge for us,” said head coach Courtney Calderon. “We had to win today.”
Freshman forward Bailee Cochran was responsible for putting both of the goals in the back of the net. Cochran credited the service from her teammates for her performance.
“It feels good, knowing that this is one of the most critical games in our season, and I just needed to step up or get off, so I stepped up,” Cochran said. “With all the support from my teammates that played really good balls to me, it’s only right that I finish them.”
After a tough 5-0 loss at first-placed Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday, Oct. 22, the Panthers just needed to regroup, Calderon said.
“I think we just had to refocus, and come back to our basics and focus on what we need to do well to be successful as a team,” Calderon said. “We were trying to play a way that wasn’t our forte, so we had a couple good days of training and we played pretty well.”
Chapman (9-7-1, 6-6-1) came out strong with 26 shots and three corners over the course of the game. The Panthers opened the scoring in the 39th minute and then doubled their lead in the 67th minute.
Calderon stressed the importance of the win going into the last regular season game and then into the playoffs.
“It’s just something we have to build on and keep going,” Calderon said. “You can’t change the past so we just have to keep building on what we did well and what we didn’t do well. We have to work on that at practice and get ready for Saturday.”
The Panthers will play Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (13-5-1, 10-2-1) at home at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 in their final game of the regular season.