Photo by Charlie Magovern
PASADENA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2015) – Junior J.D. Feist (Richardson, Texas / Jesuit College Prep) ended the 2015 season with 107 saves to lead the SCIAC for the third year as the Caltech men's soccer team fell to California Lutheran University, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon.
The Kingsmen finish the year 3-13-3 overall and 3-11-2 in the SCIAC while the Beavers end at 0-16 (0-16).
Feist capped his junior year with an brilliant display, playing tough in the box and never hesitating to step out and clear dangerous long balls. He currently ranks third on the Division III active saves leaders list and fourth on the NCAA-wide ranking, with 380 for his career.
Caltech earned a pair of chances early, winning a corner kick just four minutes in and getting a shot on goal from senior Valentin Skoutnev (Houston, Texas / College Park) in the eighth. Nevertheless, CLU got on the board first with a long ball over the defense finding a runner, who punched it past Feist for the go-ahead goal. The Beavers had another good look just two minutes later with a free kick from 25 yards out, but a low rocket from freshman Jack Banaszak (Bethesda, Md. / Bethesda Chevy-Chase) was saved.
The Kingsmen doubled the lead within the first minute of the second half with an open look from the right side and put the game away in the 81st minute.
Caltech's future is certainly bright with a number of impressive performances this year coming from underclassmen. In addition to Feist's reliability between the posts, Banaszak capped his rookie season ranking second on the squad with six points on one goal and four assists. Junior Schaeffer Reed (Miami, Fla. / Westminster Christian) contributed five points after a late-season switch to the center forward role and rookie Tristan Née (Dallas, Texas / R.L. Turner) chipped in a goal and assist while marshalling the midfield with his attacking flair. All told, Caltech will expect to return as many as eight starters in addition to at least three significant subistutes.
Head Coach Phil Murray and the Beavers sent off a quintet of seniors in the final game of their Caltech careers – Adam Ball (Carol Stream, Ill. / Glenbard North), Monica Li (Boulder, Colo. / Fairview), Valerie Pietrasz (Alta Loma, Calif. / Alta Loma), Skoutnev and Theodore Wilkening (Bowie, Md. / Elen).