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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – It was a story of two halves Saturday morning for the Whittier College Men's Soccer team who saw a 1-0 halftime deficit move to a 4-1 loss to Occidental College.
Whittier now drops to 2-6, 2-5 SCIAC, while Occidental extends their winning streak to three.
Midway through the first half, the Poets fell unlucky as goalkeeper Nathan Armas (Montclair, Calif.) was handed a red card forcing WC to play a man down the rest of the game. Liam Walsh got behind the Poet defense and went to touch the ball around a charging Armas, who took out his legs at the edge of the box on an almost sure scoring opportunity, prompting the decision from the referee.
Eight minutes later the Tigers were able to capitalize on the man-up opportunity with Nate Dunning being fed by Liam Walsh and this 1-0 score would hold into the break.
Out of intermission, Ariel Rosso extended the lead to two five minutes in. He forced a turnover by the Poet defense and easily rolled a shot into the corner of the net.
Whittier was able to cut the deficit in half minutes later from Luis Espitia (Paramount, Calif.), who connected on his fifth goal of the season. But that would be the only offense generated by the Purple & Gold as Ryan Wilson and Walsh would ice the game with a PK and unassisted strike in the latter stages of the contest.
William Allgeier (Brea, Calif.) was called into action early for Armas and finished with four saves against eight shots.
Occidental outshot the Poets 13-10, but on corner kicks Whittier was able to hold the advantage at 6-3.
In the 68th minute, another foul was drawn by Oxy, this time in the box which brought on a PK. Walsh took the shot and connected going into the upper-v.
Whittier travels this Wednesday, October 4 as they take on Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 4:00pm.