PASADENA, Calif. – On Wednesday, the Caltech soccer team recorded its first shutout for a half, something it did not do all of last season. The visiting Cal Lutheran Kingsmen, however, used three first half goals to net the victory in the first SCIAC match for each team.
Cal Lu, who came to Pasadena with a record of 1-1-1, scored in just under two minutes when Caltech goalkeeper John David Feist was surprised by a shot by Nathan Davidson.
"It was a nice shot," Caltech head coach Rolo Uribe said. "JD has played well all season. He was just caught off guard."
The visitors struck again at 15:13 when Davidson connected on a deflected free kick. Then, just five minutes prior to the ending of the first 45, Cal Lu curled the ball off a cross. Caltech was not able to create the clearance needed.
Uribe continued: "Defensively, as a whole, we played well at times. Valentin Skoutnev particularly played well in his first game. He had good energy and presence in the back."
"We had several good balls," Uribe said. "We had chances to score, just didn't knock them down. We were reacting instead of anticipating."
The Beavers next go to Redlands this Saturday for their second conference match.
"It'll be HOT this weekend," Uribe noted. "But we're making progress. We've cut the difference in goals by a huge portion compared to last year."
Caltech has given up 11 goals in four contests. Last season, it relinquished 24 scores in four games.
Redlands is 1-4 this year and has lost three in a row, most recently in a 1-0 finish against SCIAC opponent La Verne. Saturday's game is slated for a 1 pm start. It will be live streamed here.