PASADENA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2014) - Sophomore John David Feist (Dallas, Texas / Jesuit College Prep) and the rest of a resurgent Caltech men's soccer team pushed the University of the Redlands to the edge before falling by the narrowest of margins in a 1-0 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference defeat on Wednesday afternoon.
The Bulldogs improve to 8-7 overall and retain their third-place position in the SCIAC at 7-4, while the Beavers are now 0-13-1 (0-10-1).
Having cruised through the teams' last meeting, Redlands struggled to get anything going against what has been one of the top defenses in the conference over the past month. Redlands enjoyed the majority of possession and had several chances go begging in the first 45 minutes, but were unable to break through against the Caltech rearguard anchored by impressive sophomores Jared Reed (Miami, Fla. / Westminster Christian) and Feist, who made 10 saves on the day.
The halftime scoreline of 0-0 marked the fifth time in the last six games that Caltech has recorded a first half shutout. A formation change looked to improve on the Beavers' first 45 minutes and, when the second half began, it was clear that while Redlands continued to hold onto the ball, they were being denied any serious opportunities by the Beavers.
A tactical change by Head Coach Rolando Uribe 15 minutes into the half nearly paid off as a counterattack down the right side ended with a low cross that found sophomore Kevin Gao (Los Alamos, N.M. / Los Alamos) unmarked at the top of the penalty box, but his shot went right into the hands of the Bulldogs goalkeeper.
Six minutes later, the Bulldogs' Nico Johnson swung in a looping cross that found the head of Charles Izydorek at the back post for the game's only goal.
"I am very proud of the team's performance in the last six SCIAC games," Uribe said. "I have been here a long time and never experienced the great soccer and fight this team has shown over this period. We can compete with any team in the SCIAC and our results show that. It is a remarkable improvement from last year, and to have given up 22 fewer goals than last season at this same point is awesome."
Coach Uribe and the Beavers will look to pick up their first SCIAC win at eighth-place Cal Lutheran (4-7-3, 3-6-2) on Saturday, Oct. 18 for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.