ORANGE, Calif. – On Saturday, the Caltech men's soccer team traveled to Orange County to take on Chapman on its home turf. The much improved Beavers gave Chapman all it could handle, and earned a valuable point on the road.
Caltech took the lead in the 17th minute just after leading scorer Marec Serlin picked up a loose ball in the box. As he gained possession, he was taken down hard by goalkeeper Sean Augustine of Chapman. Serlin buried the penalty kick and gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead. It was his fourth goal of the year and third in SCIAC play.
On the foul, Augustine was red carded and the Panthers played the rest of the game with 10 men.
The game really opened up in the second half, and at the 46th minute Chapman was given a penalty kick for a handball by Valentin Skoutnev. Marco Saglimbeni took the penalty kick for Chapman and John David Feist made a great save. However, Saglimbeni followed up his rebound to equalize the match at 1 to 1.
The game had both teams pushing numbers up. Caltech counters were dangerous when getting the ball wide, taking advantage of the extra players. But the Beavers could not get the winning goal in regulation.
After 110 minutes of play the match ended in a 1 to 1 draw. JD Feist had another great performance in the goal facing 25 shots and making 9 big-time saves to conserve the tie.
This was the second time Caltech and Chapman have played to a draw, the first one coming in 2007 in Pasadena with a score of 0-0.
This was the first Caltech point in SCIAC this year. The last three games the Beavers have shutout their SCIAC opponents in the first half. The men's soccer team has given up 17 fewer goals this season from this same point last year.
The Beavers hope to continue its strong SCIAC play tonight at Whittier.