Chapman men’s soccer team secured a four-goal victory the home opener against Whittier College Sept. 5, with Chandler Siemonsma, Chapman freshman goalkeeper, completing four saves, according to the Chapman University Athletics website.
Chapman started strong in the first fifteen minutes of the game when senior forward Kai Howe sent the ball into the net after receiving a pass from junior midfielder Justo Garcia.
“(It was) a good recovery from the loss (last) weekend,” Howe said.
Chapman finished with a 4-0 shutout over Whittier, completing its second win of the season.
The game slowed down after the first goal, but stayed physical. The first half ended with Chapman winning 1-0.
“We started slow, but the players who came off the bench kept us in the game,” said Eddie Carillo, head coach. “For the second half, we changed a couple things. We put in a little more work.”
Whittier stormed into the second half with a vicious effort that ultimately proved futile. In the first 10 minutes of the second half, junior defender Patrick Quinn dealt a close-quarters goal. 10 minutes later, freshman midfielder Aidan Wall sent a header into the net.
Javier Bernaldo, senior midfielder, provided assists for both Chapman goals. A final-minute goal by junior midfielder Jonah Tipp closed out the game.
Despite the victory, Carillo remained focused on how the team could improve.
“For the next game, we need to be a little more consistent (and) work on controlling our tempo,” Carillo said.
The Panthers’ current season record is 2-2, and the team’s next game is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. Sept. 10 at home against Pacific Lutheran University.