After a three-game losing streak, Chapman’s women’s soccer team beat the University of Redlands Sept. 27, jumping a place above the team in the conference. Sophomore forward Bailee Cochran said the team “really needed a win,” and in doing so, the Panthers moved into fourth place, a playoff position, from seventh place.
Head coach Courtney Calderon said she believed the team stepped up and capitalized on its opportunities in the 2-0 win, specifically when junior midfielder Lindsay Erl scored Chapman’s first goal less than 16 minutes into the game from a curled free kick from just outside the 18-yard box.
Scoring the first goal has proven to be crucial for Chapman, as the team that has scored first in its games over the past five years has won more than 88 percent of the time, or 76 out of 86 games.
Senior defender and co-captain Ashley Carney said the team’s defensive improvements played an important role in the win.
“Today showed we were able to dig down and not allow those early goals and get a shutout,” Carney said.
Calderon said she saw a big difference in the win against Redlands compared to the previous three games because the team always scored when the opportunities were presented.
Cochran took advantage of one of these opportunities in the second half, finishing a one-on-one chance against senior Redlands goalkeeper Hannah Menk, slotting the ball past her on the near post.
Despite the win, Calderon said the team still has room for improvement.
“We still have to play a full 90 (minutes) and stay consistent, but overall, we worked better as a team,” Calderon said.
Chapman’s next game will be at home at 11 a.m. Sept. 30 against Occidental College.