The field for the 2017 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Men's Soccer Tournament has been set. Postseason action is slated to begin Wednesday, Nov. 1 on the campuses of top-seeded Redlands and second-seeded Cal Lutheran.
Redlands (13-3-2) posted a 12-0-2 record and 38 points during SCIAC regular season play and earned the top seed in the conference championship for the fourth consecutive season. The Bulldogs posted a 2-0 win over Chapman to earn the SCIAC automatic qualifier to the 2016 NCAA Division III Championship and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals before falling to St. Thomas, 3-2 in overtime. The Panthers earned an at-large bid to last year's national playoffs and won their NCAA First Round contest, 1-0 against Texas-Dallas before falling to Trinity-Texas, 2-0 in the next round.
The Bulldogs will host fourth-seeded Pomona-Pitzer (8-7-2, 7-5-2 SCIAC) at 7 p.m. in a semifinal contest. Wednesday's other semifial matchup features second-seeded Cal Lutheran (11-4-2, 9-3-2 SCIAC) who will host third-seeded Chapman (9-6-3, 9-4-1 SCIAC) at 7 p.m. The winners of Wednesday's semifinal bouts will square for the SCIAC tournament championship on Saturday, Nov. 4 on the campus of the highest remaining seed.
A LOOK AT THE FIELD
Redlands enters the 2017 SCIAC postseason having won two straight games, and 12 of their last 14 contests overall. The Bulldogs are led by Casey ChubbFertal who has notched seven goals and four assists (18 points) during the league action this season. Anthony Chonga and Chase Boone follow with 13 points each, with Chonga providng six goals, while Boone has been the team's leading assist man with five during SCIAC action. Between the posts, Josh Haskill has made 36 saves, and registered a goals-against average of 0.70.
Cal Lutheran secured the second seed in the conference tournament having gone unbeaten in five of its last six matches. The Kingsmen are led by Diego Ortega who notched 20 points, including nine goals and a pair of helpers during SCIAC play. Joey Arnold added seven goals and 17 total points against league competition, while Brandon Kearney chipped in 11 points on the strength of four goals and three assists. Goalkeepr Eduardo Garcia has registered a 0.75 goals-against average, and turned away 57 shots on target to highlight seven clean sheets.
Chapman has won five of its last seven matches, but is looking to snap a two-game losing skid entering tournament play. The Panthers take the field led by Elliott Braund who has tallied seven goals and an assist (15 points) during SCIAC action this season. Kai Howe follows wiht 10 points (four goals, two assists), while Justo Garcia has also netted four times and has nine points against league competition. Sean Augustine has logged a 0.43 goals-against average versus the SCIAC in 2017, including five shutouts while adding 49 saves.
Fourth-seeded Pomona-Pitzer has won two of its last three matches and are led by Aidan Ferrer who has logged 17 points for the Sagehens highlighted by seven goals and three assists against SCIAC foes. Peter Rentzepis has also been efficient around the box, totaling six goals en route to 15 points, while Ethan Flor has and Taylor Reifert have secured nine points each. In goal, Ben Mitchell has collected 52 saves and registered a 1.18 goals-against average during the 2017 campaign.