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WHITTIER, Calif. – Following a tough match-up against Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday, the Whittier College Women's Soccer team returned to the pitch Sunday morning to take on Cal State L.A.
The Purple & Gold started off strong but couldn't keep up with the pace of the Golden Eagles as they fell 3-0 dropping to 0-1-1 on the season.
Whittier played tough in the opening 37:00 minutes. Despite being on their heals the first half, the defensive unit was able to hold off a barrage of shots from CSLA. The first occurring within two minutes of the game with Yaqualin Garcia unloading on a shot in the box that sophomore keeper Vanessa Martinez (La Mirada, Calif.) punched out off the crossbar. In the 24th minute Martinez was forced into another save opportunity this time off the foot of Jazmin Smith and then again in the 33rd minute as Anahie Duran drove one low near post.
But four minutes later Cal State L.A. finally connected as Adyson Willett headed in the eventual game-winner. Off a free kick just on top of the box, Whittier managed to head the incoming pass but sent it backwards where Willett was able to get a head on it as well sending it over an outstretched Martinez.
Out of the half, CSLA continued to pressure getting their second goal four minutes in this time from Leslie Ramirez. The Golden Eagles picked up a foul on the endline just outside the box. Garcia took the kick and found Ramirez cutting backboard where she finished a beautiful one-timed goal. After that CSLA added two more shots before Whittier found some offense with Bella Capellino De Escobedo (Los Angeles, Calif.) taking a strike, just missing high. The final tally for CSLA was from Paulina Chaidez who intercepted a pass on the backline before going 1 v 1 with Martinez.
Whittier was outshot 15-2 on the game and was at a disadvantage on corner kicks 3-1. Martinez played all 90:00 minutes and picked up six saves in the loss. Shots for the Poets came from Capellino de Escobedo and Amanda Ramirez (Yucaipa, Calif.).
Whittier has a break and then returns to competition on Thursday, September 12 when they host UC Santa Cruz at 5:00pm.