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WHITTIER, Calif. – It came down to the final 1:30 Wednesday night as Cal Lutheran University finished a cross in the box to top the Whittier College Men's Soccer team 1-0 inside Memorial Stadium.
The Purple & Gold controlled every aspect of the game outshooting the Kingsmen 27-7, while holding the advantage on corner kicks at 4-3. They held CLU to just one shot in the first half and had great looks on goal forcing Kingsmen keeper Antonio Welch into eight save opportunities over the first 45:00 minutes.
Jacob Conlon (Placentia, Calif.) in the 25th minute took two shots with the second falling unlucky. The first look was denied by Welch and the second ended up sailing high over the crossbar after he made a nice play over the keeper earning an open look on frame. But the Purple & Gold continued to pressure the CLU defensive unit with Nathaniel Santana (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.) putting two shots on, while Conlon took another two strikes, one which was blocked.
In the second half, Whittier continued with the offense adding another ten shots but saw the Kingsmen put together six opportunities, with four being turned away by freshman Teddy Nickerson (Seattle, WA) who finished with five saves for the game.
Matteo Loi (Kirkland, WA) and Santana put two early balls on frame and then saw Banks Telkamp (Seattle, WA) and Scott Clark (Foothill Ranch, Calif.) join the mix. Whittier had opportunities late with Telkamp having two of the final three looks in the final four minutes, one which was saved by Welch and the other that hit the crossbar.
The game-winner came in the 89th minute from Jared Pischke. Alon Arnaldes received the ball on the left side of the field and beat his defender with a cut inside to move the ball up the field 15 yards before playing the ball to Pischke just outside the box. Pischke then turned and played the ball back out to Aaron Winsick on the right side who ran the ball ten yards towards the goal line before servicing a cross back to Pischke in the middle of the box who finished.
Telkamp led the offense with five shots with four being on goal. Conlon added another five and Clark and Santana would each add four a piece.
Whittier has a bye this weekend and returns to competition Wednesday, October 3 on the road against the University of Redlands beginning at 7:00pm.