Home winning streak reaches six for women's soccer

Rebecca Bortz (photo by Larry Newman)
Rebecca Bortz (photo by Larry Newman)

ORANGE, Calif. – The Chapman University women's soccer team won its sixth consecutive home game, defeating visiting Lewis & Clark College (Ore.) 2-1 at Wilson Field on Thursday evening. The Panthers' streak dates back to last September while the win staked this year's squad to an early 2-0 record.

Junior F Val Sobol scored the game-winner in the 59th minute, heading the ball past Pioneers' GK Geena Fong off a perfectly-placed cross pass from freshman D Ashley Sweeting on the right wing. The goal was Sobol's first of the year and completed Chapman's comeback after falling behind 1-0 midway through the first half.

The Pioneers – playing in their season opener – got on the scoreboard first with a goal from Anna Thorndike in the 23rd minute as Lewis & Clark took advantage of an out-numbered attack in the keeper box.

Chapman tied it 10 minutes later as sophomore F Rebeccah Bortz came off the bench to score her second goal of the season on an assist from senior M Karina Cisneros. That knotted the score at one heading into halftime.

Sophomore GK Marissa Fehrman made a pair of saves to improve to 2-0 as Chapman's starting keeper.

The Panthers will hit the road for five of their next six matches including a trip to Santa Cruz this weekend to face UC Santa Cruz and Buffalo State (N.Y.)

Boxscore: http://www.chapmanathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2012-13/boxscores/20120906_1x2r.xml

by Doug Aiken
Sports Information Director

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