Less than 20 minutes into the first half of Chapman’s Sept. 20 game against Whittier College, Chapman set up to defend a corner, already 1-0 down. Whittier freshman midfielder Clarissa Field set up for the corner kick and, less than a minute later, Chapman players watched a second goal sail into their own net, headed in by their own player, sophomore defender Faith Holloway.
When Holloway attempted to head the ball back to junior goalkeeper Maeve O’Connor, O’Connor was playing far off her line and the ball was headed over her, undefended and into the net. Despite the 3-1 loss, junior defender Megan Kawakami said that she believes “mistakes happen and it was an unfortunate one, but it wasn’t detrimental.”
Chapman’s only goal was scored by senior defender and co-captain Emily Watts.
“The toughest part (of the game) was that we had good opportunities to score (Sept. 20), but we just couldn’t put any balls in the back of the net,” Watts said. “Unfortunately, Whittier capitalized on their chances,” she said.
Senior defender and co-captain Ashley Carney echoed Watts’ reflection of the game.
“The toughest part of (the) game was coming back after letting in two goals in the first half,” Carney said. “We came out hard in the second half and got a goal, but just couldn’t find the back of the net again.”
Chapman’s next game will be away against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 7 p.m. Sept. 23.
Kawakami said Chapman will be seeking vengeance against the same team that beat Chapman in the conference final last year.
“We have some revenge and some unfinished business between us and Claremont,” Kawakami said. “They took our (conference) title from us last year.”