Women's Soccer

Poets take 27 shots against Leopards; Finish in scoreless draw

Poets take 27 shots against Leopards; Finish in scoreless draw

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Soccer team ended competition for the month of September Saturday night finishing in a scoreless draw with the University of La Verne.

The Purple & Gold move to 1-3-4, 1-1-2 SCIAC and currently sit in a tie for 3rd in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Standings.  Whittier controlled every aspect of the game against ULV outshooting them 27-7, which included a 12-3 advantage in the second half, while holding the edge on corner kicks 3-2.

All night the Poets punished the goal putting 15 shots on frame, which were all turned away by Leo keeper Samantha Corney, including six coming in the second half. 

Junior Jazmin Gomez (Norwalk, Calif.) got WC off and running with two strikes in the opening four minutes forcing Corney to start working early.  Within a seven minute stretch later Whittier added another three shots this time from Michelle Abarca (Long Beach, Calif.), Gomez, and Isabela Vargas (Newberg, OR).  Then to end the half the Poets had their best look coming from freshman Logan Cervantes (Torrance, Calif.) who found the crossbar.  The rebound came to freshman Mackenzie Reed (Mililani, HI) but her ensuing shot would miss wide keeping the game scoreless at the break.

Six minutes into the second half Whittier found their offense once again with Makayla Moraga (Whittier, Calif.) and Cervantes each getting shots off, which would be turned away from Corney.  Midway through the half Gomez had two opportunities but both chances were off the mark.  Within a ten minute stretch spanning in the 70th minutes, freshman Alexis Huff (Henderson, NV) created chances, both coming on counterattacks but both of her attempts would get stopped by Corney.

Then to end regulation, Clarissa Field (Whittier, Calif.) and Janelle Guzman (Montebello, Calif.) each went back to back with shot attempts, but both would get stopped by the Leo keeper.  In the first OT period, Whittier outshot La Verne 2-1, with Moraga putting a ball on frame.  Then in the second, WC added another five shots, all being on frame but again Corney came up big denying all of them.                   

Vanessa Martinez (La Mirada, Calif.) was untested on the evening playing all 110:00 minutes, while adding three stops.        

Whittier returns to action this Wednesday, October 2 when they travel to take on Chapman University beginning at 4:00pm.