REDLANDS, Calif. – The University of Redlands men's soccer team captured a second consecutive Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Postseason Tournament championship. With the win Redlands has earned the automatic qualification to the NCAA Division III Championship, with the formal announcement coming on Monday, November 7.
In tonight's showdown, Chapman orchestrated the first scoring opportunity, which came off the foot of junior defender Lorenzo Belassen but it went wide. Then less than 10 minutes into the match, Redlands Casey ChubFertal shot to the right of junior GK Sean Augustine on a leading pass by Chase Boone to give the Bulldogs an early 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs kept pressing by firing off four more shots through the end of the first half and kept the Panthers to just one shot in the first half.
The Panthers came out firing in the second half, junior defender Kannon Kuhn and freshman midfielder Justo Garcia fired off back-to-back shots, but Bulldog junior goalkeeper John Melito made two great saves to keep the Panthers at bay.
In the 53rd minute, senior defender Austin Moore drove a great ball down the sideline and slotted it high over the Chapman defenders to find the head of Boone for the score. The 83rd minute had freshman forward Kayvon Parsa blast a rocket of a shot that Chapman goalkeeper Sean Augustine stopped with a huge leaping save to hold Redlands at two goals.
Chapman ended the night with 18 shots but Melito came up with eight saves to keep the Panthers off the board giving the Bulldogs the 2-0 final tally.
With this win, the Bulldogs (16-5) advance to the NCAA Championships. Their opponent will be announced on Monday, November 7, at approximately 10 a.m. For more info, please check the NCAA website. The Panthers will have to await their playoff fate.