After conceding two first half goals and a controversial second half penalty, Chapman lost its first game of the season to California Lutheran University at home Sept. 16.
The 3-1 loss came in a physical game with multiple calls from referee Vincent Brizzolara that both sides of the field audibly disagreed with.
“(The referees) were absolutely terrible,” said head coach Courtney Calderon. “At the end of the day we can’t control them. We just need to play our game.”
Calderon received a yellow card in the second half of the game for getting into a verbal dispute with the referees. Chapman received four yellow cards and Cal Lutheran received two yellow cards in the game.
Cal Lutheran head coach Frank Marino had similar comments on the referees.
“I thought (Brizzolara) was inconsistent for both teams,” Marino said.
A significant call Chapman disagreed with was a penalty kick that was awarded to Cal Lutheran during the second half of the game, which gave the Regals a 3-1 lead. Coaches, players and fans watching from the stands were noticeably upset.
Brizzolara declined to comment when asked about the game.
The game got physical when Cal Lutheran senior forward Alexandra Albaeck physically pulled down Chapman freshman defensive player Emily Ennis, causing Albaeck to receive a yellow card.
“They’re a very aggressive team and she just ripped me down out there and said some mean things,” Ennis said. “But when stuff like that happens, you have to keep your composure.”
Marino defended his team despite the backlash.
“Our reputation is we have class,” Marino said. “I think it was maybe the nature of the physicality of the game. It takes two to get involved.”
Chapman’s next home game will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 20 against Whittier College.