Photo by Michael Wong
Pasadena, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016) – Senior J.D. Feist (Richardson, Texas / Jesuit Coll. Prep) recorded a season-high .800 save percentage and the Caltech men's soccer team posted a second0half shutout in a 2-0 SCIAC defeat to Whittier College on Wednesday afternoon.
Whittier held the early edge, ripping the first shot of the game just 30 seconds into play and hitting the crossbar in the eighth minute. The Poets forced a pair of saves from Feist over the first 30 minutes before getting on the board with a ball over the defense and volley shot from six yards past Feist. The visitors doubled the lead in the 40th minute while Caltech mustered a lone shot, which came in the 32nd minute but went wide.
The Beavers stepped up their game in the second half to keep Whittier off the board, thanks in part to five saves from Feist. Caltech was able to generate four shots and won four corner kicks as the hosts played stout defense and successfully moved the ball through the midfield into the final third, but the end product was lacking as the score line would remain the same at the final whistle. Senior Kevin Gao (Los Alamos, N.M. / Los Alamos) and sophomore Amine Boubezari (Santa Clara, Calif. / Cupertino) each put efforts on target, but both were saved.
Head Coach Phil Murray and the Beavers round out the first leg of round robin play at Occidental College (4-5-1, 3-4) on Saturday, Oct. 1.