Occidental scores late to steal win from Poets

Occidental scores late to steal win from Poets

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

LOS ANGELES – With just 22 seconds left in the second overtime, Occidental headed home the first and only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over the Whittier College men's soccer team on Monday afternoon.

Whittier (7-6-1, 5-4-1 SCIAC) and the Tigers (5-7-2, 5-3-2 SCIAC) played an even game statistically as each side got off 19 shots with eight going on frame. Corners were even at five apiece while Occidental held 9-8 advantage in saves.

The game winning goal came at 109:38 and was a rebound off a David Diaz save. Diaz denied Occidental's Ian Silverness but couldn't control the rebound and Douglas Pentland found the back of the net. The Tigers had three shots on Diaz in a 20 second span.

Whittier managed just one shot in the second overtime but had an opportunity in the first 10 minutes of extra time to find the game winner. Adolfo Santos got a head on the ball in the 98th minute but was turned away by Occidental keeper Chris Liotta.

Santos led the game with seven total shots. His three shots on goal were also a game-high.

Thomas Barber, Srdan Jovanovic, Shea Harwell and Jonathan Palomino joined Santos as the Poets who had a shot on goal.

The game was originally scheduled for September 29 but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.

With just four games remaining in the regular-season, the Poets sit in fourth place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Whittier will travel to Pasadena, Calif., on Wednesday afternoon to face Caltech before returning home to host Occidental on Saturday afternoon.