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WHITTIER, Calif. – It was a tough Saturday night for the Whittier College Women's Soccer team as they fell 4-0 to Occidental College at Memorial Stadium.
It's the second time within the past ten days the Purple & Gold have fallen to the defending SCIAC Tournament Champion Tigers. They now drop to 3-6-5, 3-4-3 SCIAC and currently sit in 6th place within the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Standings.
The first half was a low scoring affair with only one goal being scored coming from Oxy's Chiara Serafini who connected top shelf back post from just inside the box. Jazmin Gomez (Norwalk, Calif.) came down on the Poets next possession and took a strike, but her attempt would get stopped by Tiger keeper Maggie Baird. Then with nine minutes to play in the half Whittier was able to earn a pair of corner kicks but couldn't convert on either going into the break trailing 1-0.
Makayla Moraga (Whittier, Calif.) got the offense going in the second half with three looks in the first six minutes. She took a strike in the first minute, which was blocked. She would then pick up the deflection and would take another shot, which would end up being stopped by Baird. Two minutes later she had another opportunity cutting into the box and maintaining possession as she had a one on one with the goalie, but again Baird would come up huge with the denial. At the 60:00 mark Oxy added to their lead with a cross being put into the box. The Poets attempted to clear it but ultimately sent it into their own goal moving the score to 2-0.
Moraga and Mackenzie Reed (Mililani, HI) each had looks soon after on frame trying to get WC on the scoreboard, but each look would get turned away by Baird. Reed had the best look getting behind the defensive line and earning a one on one with the goalie but Baird created a tough angle getting the stop. Then in the 79th minute Oxy added insurance with Alannah Leitner finishing a flick into the box by Caroline Kearney.
But the offense didn't stop there for the Tigers tacking on another in the 86th minute this time from Isabella Bonomi who got past the backline and receiving a feed from Savana Gonzales.
The bright spot for the Poets was between the posts as sophomore Vanessa Martinez (La Mirada, Calif.) totaled a career high 15 saves against 18 shots. Moraga led the offense with four shots, three of which were on frame. Reed and Gomez each added two shots apiece. Whittier was outshot 26-8 on the night and was at a disadvantage on corner kicks 5-2.
Whittier has their final home game of 2019 this Wednesday, October 30 when they host Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 7:00pm.