WHITTIER, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2019) – The Caltech women's soccer team broke a five-game scoring drought and showed how competitive they could be when they took on host Whittier College in Wednesday night's SCIAC battle.
The Beavers' defense held together for the first 30 minutes, and a strong chance from junior Krystin Brown (Lake Forest, Calif. / Trabuco Hills) in the sixth minute forced the Poets to tighten up defensively, affording the Beavers more time with the ball than in recent games. Even after the Poets took a 1-0 lead and got an insurance goal just eight minutes into the second half, the visitors did not relent. Sophomore midfielder Schuyler Dick (Hudson, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit) halved the Caltech deficit with eight minutes to go after junior midfielder Rachel Sun (Tustin, Calif. / Beckman) played a high-bouncing ball and flicked it over to Dick who capitalized from short-range.
Over the game's final eight minutes, the Beavers continued to their pursuit of the Poets. A shot from freshman defender Jackie Wang (Winter Park, Fla. / Trinity Preparatory School) sailed just high of the net in the 84th minute, and the visitors eventually ran out of time to even the game. Freshman goalkeeper Valerie Hetherington (Bozeman, Mon. / Deerfield Academy) made six saves over the full 90 minutes and provided her team some extra opportunties thanks to some tough stops.
Head Coach Ellery Gould and the Beavers will rematch Whittier in the annual Orange Out game on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. Until then, the women's soccer team will take to the road on Saturday, Oct. 12 when they travel to Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.