THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2015) – The Caltech men's soccer team took host Cal Lutheran University to overtime before falling, 3-2, on a hat trick by SCIAC-leading goalscorer Brandon Kearney on Wednesday night.
The Kingsmen improve to 2-5-1 overall and 2-3 in the SCIAC while the Beavers drop to 0-5 (0-5).
Junior J.D. Feist (Richardson, Texas / Jesuit College Prep) was called upon to make a save just one minute into play and Cal Lutheran kept the pressure on, netting the go-ahead goal in the seventh minute. The Beavers leveled nine minutes later as junior Alec Sands (Longwood, Fla. / Trinity Prep) headed a pass down to senior Adam Ball (Carol Stream, Ill. / Glenbard North), who popped a shot past the goalkeeper to make it 1-1. CLU continued to enjoy the majority of possession for the remainder of the half, but neither team managed to put another shot on target before halftime.
Caltech struck again two minutes into the second half to take the 2-1 lead when freshman Jack Banaszak (Bethesda, Md. / Bethesda Chevy-Chase) played a ball into the box, where senior Theodore Wilkening (Bowie, Md. / Elen) rose up to head it into the back of the net for his second goal of the season. The Kingsmen searched furiously for an equalizer and found it in the 64th minute courtesy of Kearney's second goal, immediately after which Wilkening nearly put Caltech back on top with another shot on target. CLU would continue to apply pressure but the Beavers defense held firm in front of Feist to turn away every opportunity.
The game headed to overtime, where Kearney would complete his hat trick on the only shot of the period to hand CLU the win.
Head Coach Phil Murray and the Beavers will host first-place Occidental College (6-0-2, 3-0-2) on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m.