November 13, 2021. This article has been updated to correct the team’s overall season record.
On their way to securing the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title, the Redlands men’s soccer team won more games than it has since the 2016 season and gave Head Coach Ralph Perez his 400th win in the SCIAC semifinal match. This is the program’s first time winning the SCIAC postseason tournament and advancing to the NCAA tournament since 2016, when they reached the Elite 8.
This year, the team entered the postseason as the second seed before defeating the first seed, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, in the tournament’s final match. Their record this season was an impressive 15-2-1. As one of the two regular season losses was a 2-1 defeat to C-M-S, the Bulldogs were able to flip that scoreline for revenge in the 2-1 win against the Stags in the SCIAC tournament final.
The men’s soccer program at Redlands is no stranger to success. In addition to his now 401 wins, Ralph Perez has nine SCIAC regular season championships and five SCIAC postseason tournament championships to his name.
However, the players deserve just as much credit. The University of Redlands men’s soccer program was recognized earlier this month by SCIAC with six selections to the All-Conference first and second teams. The selections include five first team members: Arian Mogharei, Mikey Flota, Steve Acuña, Colin ChubbFertal, and Ethan Kovach. Peyton Menti earned a spot on the second team.
ChubbFertal led the team in goals and was tied for the most goals in SCIAC with 13, which brings his career tally at Redlands to 27. ChubbFertal is now tied for the 11th most goals all-time in program history with Alex Parker (2005-2008) and sits one goal behind his older brother, Casey ChubbFertal (2014-2017).
Meanwhile, Ethan Kovach led the team in assists and placed second in SCIAC after setting up six goals during the season. Joseph Para and Jaime Dulle weren’t far behind with five and four assists, respectively. Finally, goalkeeper Seth Lawrence made 42 saves and maintained SCIAC’s second lowest goals against average (GAA) at 0.8. Full team stats for the 2021 season are available through the University of Redlands Athletics page.
The Redlands men’s soccer team will look to continue their success in the NCAA Championships. First up, the Bulldogs travel to Tacoma, Washington, where they will face Concordia University from Austin, Texas. Kickoff for the first round game is scheduled for 3:30pm. The game can be streamed by following the link on this page. A full bracket of the NCAA tournament can be found here.