PASADENA (Oct. 12, 2017) – Freshman Netra Ravishankar (Fremont, Calif. / American) and the Caltech women's soccer team won for a second time this season when they took down visiting La Sierra University, 1-0, on Thursday afternoon.
The Beavers had done well with controlling possession against the Golden Eagles, who entered Wednesday's nonleague clash 10-1, before Ravishankar took a pass from fellow freshman Rachel Sun (Tustin, Calif. / Beckman) and buried the ball in the back of the net from about 25 yards out. The goal came on beautiful arc that landed out of reach of the La Sierra keeper to stake the Beavers to a one-goal lead with just over 50 minutes to play in the game. Ravishankar's goal extended her scoring streak to three games, the longest in the brief history of the women's soccer program.
As impressive as the goal looked visually, the Beavers' performance was defined by their rate of play for the remainder of the game, which ultimately sealed them a second victory in the last three games.
"Our team brought the grit and determination necessary to come away with the victory," Head Coach Taylor Houck said. "It was about coming together as a group of 11, realizing what we had in front of us and a matter of wanting it bad enough to make it a reality. I thought our players did a tremendous job in tightening up as the game went on."
After the Beavers outshot the Golden Eagles 6-4 in the first half, the visitors came out firing in the second half and refused to go down without a fight. A solid showing from freshman goalkeeper Kali Drango (Lake Oswego, Ore. / Lake Oswego) was necessary for the Beavers in maintaining their lead. Drango totaled five saves but made her three most important stops in the second half to keep her side on top. The Golden Eagles tallied many more shots than the ones that found a path to the net, but sound play from defenders Nayla Abney (Sewell, N.J. / Deptford Township), Maquelle Tiffany (Los Alamitos, Calif. / Los Alamitos) and Gabriella Chan (Colleyville, Texas / School for the Talented and Gifted) vastly limited the visitors' attacking opportunities, particularly early to help set up the Ravishankar goal.
Meanwhile, the Beavers offense had opportunities to pad the lead. Freshman midfielder Krystin Brown (Lake Forest, Calif. / Trabuco Hills) put two shots on goal, one of which caught the bottom of the cross bar and angled down to land just in front of the goal line. Sophomore midfielder Noelle Davis (Fort Worth, Texas / Texas Acad. of Math & Science) also had two shots on goal.
Seniors Caroline Atyeo (Parkland, Fla. / Marjory Stoneman Douglas) and Gabby Tender (Bethesda, Md. / Walt Whitman) were honored for their achievements on the field and in the classroom in a pregame Senior Day ceremony.
Houck and the Beavers will travel to California Lutheran University on Monday, Oct. 16 before closing the season at home against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Sunday, Oct. 22.