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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Soccer team suffered another 5-0 loss Saturday morning at the Donald E. Graham Soccer Field as Chapman University would turn up the heat.
The Purple & Gold have now lost six of their last seven as they drop to 3-9, 2-8 SCIAC. During this stretch the Poets have now lost three games by a score of 5-0 to Redlands, Occidental and now Chapman.
Chapman controlled the game from start to finish adding three goals in the first half and outshooting Whittier 16-4.
Marco Saglimbeni got things going with a goal in the 7th minute being fed inside the box on a cross from Zev Gollis.
Later in the half, Daniel Malikyar got into the mix coming off the bench and adding two goals himself eight minutes a part that stretched the lead to 3-0. The first off a strike from just outside the box and the second off a through ball put in by Gollis.
The Poets had opportunities in the second half to get on the scoreboard. In the 60th minute they had three shots on goal. The first came from James Suri (Lake Forest, Calif.), which forced Panther goalie Sean Augustine into a tough save situation. The rebound would go to Jason Henderson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) who then took a shot on frame as well but his would hit the cross-bar and the last attempt would come off the ensuing scramble in the box off the foot of Rudy Cessna (Anaheim, Calif.) who was denied by Augustine.
The Panthers added to their lead with a scissor kick goal on top of the box from Ryan Onart and would tack on insurance from Sam Rudich who would take a strike from the top of the box going top shelf past Poet keeper Nathan Armas (Montclair, Calif.).
The Panthers finished the game with 34 shots, 12 of them on goal and 11 corner kicks. The Poets had 14 shots, seven on goal and six corner kicks.
Jorge Rivas (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) earned the loss in goal finishing with eight saves. Suri totaled four shots with three on goal and Connor Tait-Mole (Livermore, Calif.), Cayden Jones (North Ogden, UT), and Henderson would each add two apiece.
The Poets hit the road for their next three games. They begin their road series this Wednesday, October 12 as they take on Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 7:00pm.