Photo by Michael Wong
PASADENA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2016) – Sophomore Tristan Née (Carrollton, Texas / R.L. Turner) scored his third goal of the season and the Caltech men's soccer team's first at home since the opener in a 4-1 defeat to the University of La Verne on Wednesday.
The Leopards jumped on the scoreboard early with goals in the seventh and 15th minutes, with both coming via through balls behind the defense and into the box. Née forced a save from the La Verne goalkeeper midway through the half, as did sophomore Jack Banaszak (Bethesda, Md. / Bethesda Chevy-Chase) on a free kick in the 29th minute, but the Leopards scored a third goal just seconds later on a rebound following a deflected shot.
Caltech steadily offered a greater threat on offense throughout the game. Freshman Kevin Yu (Park Ridge, N.J. / Park Ridge) hit the cross bar on a free kick in the 38th minute and coming out of halftime, the Beavers ripped four consecutive shots over a four-minute span, although none found their mark. Shortly after senior J.D. Feist (Richardson, Texas / Jesuit Coll. Prep) weathered three shots on goal within a minute at the other end, Née finally put one in the back of the net for Caltech. The sophomore collected a pass from junior Chris Haack (New York, N.Y. / The Browning School), turned and dragged the ball to his right, took two steps to get away from his defender and curled a low shot into the far post to make it 3-1 in the 62nd minute.
The Beavers kept up the pressure until the final whistle, firing a season-high 12 shots, but La Verne would score the only other goal in the game for the final 4-1 line despite a nine-save effort from Feist, bringing him just seven shy of recording 500 for his career.