After a 5-1 senior night win over the California Institute of Technology (0-16, 0-15) Oct. 24 the Chapman men’s soccer team won its fourth game in a row to close out the season, beating Pomona-Pitzer 3-1 Oct. 29.
The win gave the Panthers the third seed in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) playoffs, which start next week. In its last four games of the season, Chapman outscored its opponents 13-3.
Though Pomona-Pitzer opened the scoring 18 minutes in, Chapman responded before the end of the half with a goal from freshman midfielder Noah Ferrel — his first goal of the season — after an assist from junior midfielder Zev Gollis.
Chapman got off to a faster start in the second half as the team’s second highest scorer, junior midfielder Elliott Braund, scored an unassisted goal in the 57th minute. Ten minutes later, Chapman’s leading scorer Marco Saglimbeni assisted senior defender Connor Tobia for the team’s third goal.
No playoff games have been scheduled yet, but with Chapman’s spot secured, Saglimbeni said the team’s goals are firmly on winning the conference title.
“The one thing I’m missing as a senior is that SCIAC title,” Saglimbeni said. “So that’s all we have our eyes set on and we have to take it one game at a time, but that’s the ultimate goal.”
The team was seeded second in the playoffs last year, but it lost in the first round to the University of La Verne 1-0 in its first home playoff game.