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WHITTIER, Calif. – After being held scoreless over their last two games the Whittier College Men's Soccer team came out strong Wednesday night putting up five goals in a 5-1 win over the California Institute of Technology.
Following the lopsided victory the Poets improve to 2-3, 1-2 SCIAC, while Caltech drops to 1-3, 0-3 SCIAC.
It was a statement game for Whittier as they looked to get back on track with their offense and what a night they had taking a program high 46 shots to Caltech's eight. They also added five corner kicks.
The scoring was started by freshman Nathaniel Santana (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.) who notched his first career goal in the 2nd minute who connected off a shot deflection in the box. Five minutes later, the Poets added to their lead this time from Matt Slee (Bothell, WA) who put away a PK moving the score to 2-0. But Caltech didn't go away quietly as they cut the deficit to one midway through the frame from Samir Johnson who followed up a free kick deflection to put the Beavers on the scoreboard.
In the second half, Whittier continued with the offensive pressure adding another three goals to put the game out of reach. Freshman Hayden Barnouw (Seattle, WA) added his second on the season in the 61st minute finishing a cross from the right flank put in by Slee.
Then to add insurance WC put away another two less than a minute of each other in the 84th and 85th minutes. Johan Telkamp (Seattle, WA) converted another PK and Lukas Delen (Seattle, WA) wrapped up the scoring on a counter attack. Delen swung a pass to RayRay Roberson (Albuquerque, NM) who carried it through the right side before sending a through ball back to Delen who finished.
Freshman Teddy Nickerson (Seattle, WA) picked up the win totaling four saves, while playing all 90:00 minutes.
Whittier remains at home this Saturday, September 15 as they host the University of La Verne beginning at 7:00pm.