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WHITTIER, Calif. – It was a physical contest Saturday night as the Whittier College Women's Soccer team played the University of Redlands to a scoreless draw inside Memorial Stadium.
The Purple & Gold improve to 1-2-3, 1-0-1 SCIAC and picked up a crucial point in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Standings. They are 1-0-2 in their last three match-ups and currently sit 2nd in the SCIAC standings.
Whittier managed to hold the Bulldogs' top offensive threat Emily Falla scoreless despite her taking 10 shots on the game. UR is now 3-2-2, 0-0-2 SCIAC. Over their last four games they have managed only one goal as they have gone 0-2-2.
A combined eight shots were taken in the first half. WC picked up back-to-back corner kicks from Logan Cervantes (Torrance, Calif.) in the early stages with freshman Michelle Abarca (Long Beach, Calif.) ripping a shot on frame but it would be stopped by Bulldog keeper Brittany Dinkins. With under five minutes to play in the half freshman Mackenzie Reed (Mililani, HI) was able to get an opportunity but her shot would also be denied by Dinkins.
In the second half UR pushed the tempo taking another 10 shots but sophomore Vanessa Martinez (La Mirada, Calif.) played huge between the posts finishing with four of her seven stops. In the 73rd minute the Bulldogs had their best look on the night as Falla would hit the crossbar. Then in the 82nd minute she would get a header in the box but her look would again be denied as Martinez would come up with the save.
In extra time the Poets would get off three looks with Isabela Vargas (Newberg, OR) taking one in the opening period and Erin Myers (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) and Makayla Moraga (Whittier, Calif.) each taking one in the second. The final look on goal came from Redlands as they drew a corner kick before having Gabby Hart take a shot, which would get blocked in the box.
Whittier was outshot on the game 20-11 but managed to hold the advantage on corner kicks 4-3. Moraga, Myers, and Jazmin Gomez (Norwalk, Calif.) each took two shots for the game and Martinez would post the shutout with her seven saves.
Whittier hits the road this Wednesday, September 25 at 4:00pm when they take on Pomona-Pitzer.