Men's Soccer

Poets blanked by Chapman in SCIAC Opener

Poets blanked by Chapman in SCIAC Opener

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

ORANGE, Calif. – Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play opened up Wednesday as the Whittier College Men's Soccer team was held scoreless by Chapman University on the road.  

Despite outshooting the Panthers in the first half 7-4, WC still found themselves trailing 1-0 at the break.  CU struck early with Justo Garcia finding Kai Howe with a soft pass on the edge of the 18-yard box in the 13th minute.  Howe then struck the ball low far post, sliding it past an outstretched Teddy Nickerson (Seattle, WA).

Matt Slee (Bothell, WA) came out of the break quickly and looked to add the equalizer putting a ball on frame five minutes in but Panther keeper Chandler Siemonsma was able to come away with the save.

Three minutes later though CU added to their lead this time from Patrick Quinn who was on the opposite side of a Javier Bernaldo free kick.  Quinn would hit the one-time volley into the back of the net moving the score to 2-0.

Ibrahim Abou Hashish (Cairo, Egypt) and Jacob Conlon (Placentia, Calif.) pressed the issue soon after taking two strikes.  The first from Abou Hashish who sent it high over the crossbar and the other from Conlon who was denied on his header by Siemonsma coming off a Slee corner. 

On Chapman's next possession they earned a corner kick from the left side, which Bernaldo curled into the box to Aidan Wall who finished it giving the Panthers insurance.  But CU wasn't done as they would tack on another with :43 seconds to play this time with Jonah Tipp getting up for a header off a cross from Tobi Howe. 

Whittier managed 13 shots for the game with only four being on goal and added a game high seven corner kicks.  Conlon led the offense with three shots and Alejandro Trujillo (Buena Park, Calif.), Matteo Loi (Kirkland, WA) and Abou Hashish would each add two. 

Nickerson played all 90:00 minutes between the posts and finished with four saves.            

Whittier (1-2, 0-1 SCIAC) remains on the road this Saturday, September 8 as they take on Occidental College beginning at 7:00pm.