Men’s soccer team beats Willamette in overtime

Junior forward Dean Sewitz’ game-winning header in the 10th minute of sudden death overtime decided a 2-1 victory for Chapman’s men’s soccer team over the Willamette Bearcats Sunday at Wilson Field.

Junior forward Dean Sewitz’ game-winning header in the 10th minute of sudden death overtime decided a 2-1 victory for Chapman’s men’s soccer team over the Willamette Bearcats Sunday at Wilson Field. We were unlucky a few times, but we continued to pressure the ball and continued to play hard, and it paid off in the end,” he said. The Panthers were leading 1-0 with less than two minutes remaining in the second half. Then, a dormant Bearcats offense awoke when Bearcats freshman forward Erik Kaufman scored an equalizing 10-yard goal in the 89th minute that forced overtime. Willamette carried the offensive momentum into the extra session, delivering four shots on goal. Chapman University’s defense held its ground though, eventually allowing Sewitz to score unassisted off of a loose ball rebound as the public address announcer counted down the final 10 seconds of the period. It was the Bearcats’ second loss in as many days, and they now return home to Oregon winless on their two-game California road trip, falling to a 1-3 record for the season. “I thought that we showed a lot of character today. The team came out here and battled and that’s all I can ask of them,” said Willamette’s Head Soccer Coach, Nelson Larson. Chapman’s Head Soccer Coach, Eddie Carrillo, said he was relieved with the win, but feels that his team has much to work on. “I don’t think we played very well. We’re not clicking yet, not doing the things we’re supposed to be doing. Right now, we’re not making good decisions,” he said. The Panthers had immense offensive buildup in the first half, but were unable to score in the first 45 minutes. The teams went into the locker room scoreless at the end of the first half, and it remained that way until junior midfielder Jeff Shah scored with a 7-yard blast off freshman forward Chris Duran’s pass from the right side of the field in the 71st minute. “It shouldn’t have been as hard as it was. We made things more difficult than they should have been today because of our poor decision-making,” said Carrillo. The Panthers will look for their second consecutive win when they face the Redlands Bulldogs at home on Sept. 10. Sewitz’ goal was his first as a member of the Panthers. The striker played for the Philadelphia University men’s soccer team for two seasons before returning to California to play with his twin brother and fellow Panther, forward Alex Sewitz, in Orange. “It feels good to get some points on the board and get that monkey off my shoulder,” he said.

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