PASADENA (Oct. 13, 2018) – Junior Kevin Yu (Park Ridge, N.J. / Park Ridge) scored twice from set pieces for his fourth and fifth tallies of the season in a 6-1 Caltech men's soccer victory over the University of St. Katherine on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
Yu's exploits vaulted him into the top five of the SCIAC points standings with 14 (five goals, four assists), just one point shy of a tie for third. Sophomore Joe Como (Glen Cove, N.Y. / Friends Acad.) made just four saves on five shots faced, but maintained a comfortable 17-save lead in the conference with 93 on the season.
Caltech broke the game open early with an unrelenting high press that led to junior Robin Henry (Sprimont, Belgium / Univ. of Edinburgh) poking in a deflected cross at the back post in the eighth minute. Sophomore Rohan Mirchandani (Pleasanton, Calif. / Foothill) made it 2-0 in the 17th minute when he beat his defender at a dead 20-yard sprint to slot home a brilliant through ball from rookie Velissarios Christodolou (Athens, Greece / Athens Coll.). Yu then quickly wrapped the first-half scoring on a free kick from 20 yards out, sharply bending a short ball around the wall to bounce in front of and over the shoulder of the frozen USK keeper.
The second half began inauspiciously enough but soon threatened to be defined by significant consternation over calls from both benches, with three yellow cards and a double red eventually handed out to the visiting side while the Caltech bench was shown a yellow as well. In the midst of it all, USK broke the shutout with a ranging effort that curled inside the upper-far post, but Caltech almost immediately answered when Christodolou crashed the back post with a diving header on a perfectly placed free kick from classmate Daniel Israel (San Jose, Calif. / Lynbrook). Yu also put home a penalty kick in the 69th minute and senior Amine Boubezari (Santa Clara, Calif. / Cupertino) turned attention away from the officials with a fantastic strike that he curled in to the far post with one turn after taking the ball right off a defender's foot just outside the box.
Head Coach Phil Murray and the Beavers begin their final road trip of the season at defending regular season champion University of Redlands on Wednesday, Oct. 17.