Covarrubias' penatly kick lifts Poets past Chapman
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WHITTIER, Calif. – In a game that featured nine cards and 29 combined fouls, the Poets needed only a penalty kick in the 10th minute to improve its record to 2-1 on Wednesday evening.
Senior captain DJ Covarrubias was given the honors after Chapman was whistled for a handball in the box at the 9:16 mark of the first half. Covarrubias snuck the ball by Tyler Hadzinsky to notch his first scoring strike of the year.
The physical game saw 14 of the 29 fouls in the first half which includes a pair of red cards handed out to Chapman. The first went to Nick Echeverry who was given his second yellow card in a matter of four minutes at the 34:27 mark.
Just under six minutes later Chris Romanowski was ejected with the red card after he pulled down Adolfo Santos who had a clear path to the goal.
Romanowski's red setup a second Whittier penalty opportunity but Hadzinsky had better luck on this attempt. Patricio Carregha went lower right and the Chapman goalie was there to make the save. The Poets were quick to get on the rebound and got off two more chances but came up empty.
In the first 45 minutes the purple and gold totaled 14 shots with four of those going on goal. Chapman had eight shots, four goal, all of which were turned away by Taylor Ayres who picked up his first win of the season.
The clean sheet held by the Poets is their second of the season and their fourth straight shutout against Division III competition in the regular season.
The second half was a bit of the same for WC as it continued to put pressure on the backline of the Panthers.
Whittier came close to pushing its lead to 2-0 after Srdan Jovanovic ripped a strike past Hadzinsky in the 87th minute. The goal was taken off the board after Jovanovic was whistled for Whittier's sixth offsides of the match.
Chapman was also called for offsides six times.
The Poets had 10 shots in the second half with three going on goal while Chapman put none of its seven second half shots on frame.
Whittier returns to action on Saturday night at 7 pm as it hosts Concordia (Calif.). Concordia was ranked 34th in the latest NSCAA NAIA poll.