Orange, CA- Like the previous six meetings between the two teams, Hope International and Chapman played another close nail biter on Friday evening. The 2-0 HIU win is the largest margin of victory by either side in the last seven meetings. Senior Matthew Howard scored two goals for the third time in four games.
Looking at the last six matches played in 2003 and 2007-11, the matches have ended in four one goal wins (including three for Chapman) and two ties with three matches going into double overtime. Even with a 2-0 result on Friday, the match was one goal or less difference for the first 74 minutes.
The Panthers (0-1) had the upper hand for a better portion of the first half as they took six of the first seven shots. Three of the CU shots forced Senior Goalkeeper Jhovany Hernandez to make a save which turned out to be the only three shots they put on goal for the entire match.
The only shot the Royals (4-0) managed in the first 37 minutes came the foot of Junior Karlo Soto-Castillo in the 12th minute but it sailed high.
Senior Edgar Bran sent a shot high in minute 38.
With about two and a half minutes to play in the half, Howard put a shot on goal that required a save from Chapman goalkeeper Dean Meltz.
Out the break, HIU came out ready to play as they fired off four shots in less than five minutes. Freshman Eduardo Zavala had two of those shots in less than two minutes apart.
After a few more chances, the Royals finally broke through in the 63rd minute. Howard dribbled into the box when he was up ended by the CU keeper. HIU was awarded a penalty kick and Howard converted it to move the Royals in front 1-0.
The Panthers were credited with the only shot over the next ten minutes.
Roughly five minutes later, Howard gave the Royals a little cushion when he volleyed a shot from the top of the box that found the upper "v" of the right side of the goal.
Defense was the theme from both teams the rest of the match as neither team would manage another shot.
Next on the Royals' agenda is a meeting with old GSAC rival Azusa Pacific. The match will be a night game (7:30 pm kick-off) under the lights in Azusa.