Whittier suffers setback in home opener
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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College men's soccer team battled hard on Saturday afternoon at the Graham Soccer Field but came up short against Biola University as the Eagles clipped the Poets by a count of 2-0 in Whittier's home opener.
Biola (1-2) broke the scoreless tie in the 21st minute as it capitalized on a bit of bad luck by the Poets.
Whittier was attempting to clear an offensive possession by the Eagles but a back pass to the deep defender founds its way to Biola when Whittier lost its footing on the turf. The eventual game winner came from Jacob Ravenscraft who was one-on-one with keeper David Diaz.
Despite letting two goals get by him, Diaz was solid between the pipes as he finished with six saves (four in the second half).
Whittier (1-1) put three shots on frame in the first half but saw all three turned away by the Eagles.
The Poets were outshot 9-6 in the first half but earned three corner kicks to Biola's two.
The Eagles added their second goal in the 56th minute. Whittier pressed forward for much of the second half to try and get one by Aaron Fenlason and the Eagles were able to turn the Poets' offensive pressure into their second goal.
Whittier got off 10 shots, three on goal, in the second half and had four corner kick opportunities.
The Poets return to the field on Wednesday, September 8, as they play host to Chapman University at 7 pm.