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WHITTIER, Calif. – A year after going 2-15, 2-10 in SCIAC play, Whittier erupted to start their 2012 campaign off with a bang landing six goals on fourteen shots against the Sabres of Marian University (WI) to win their first game of the season.
The Poets held the Sabres to four shots and used a six goal onslaught in the first half to come away with the lopsided victory. Goalie Shanna Falch only faced one shot and came away with a save on the attempt to pick up her first win of the season.
Whittier produced an offense that had four different players score including two from sophomore Sophia Garcia who is playing in her first year with the Poets after competing on the cross country team last season. She scored back to back goals to wrap up the first half in the 40th and 41st minutes that put the Poets on top heading into the half.
Starting the game off it proved to be a one sided affair as Whittier controlled the tempo and physicality taking the first four shots of the game testing Sabre goalie Caitlyn Rosenberger.
Sophomore Allison Calabrese started the scoring off in the 12th minute as she took a shot from 12 yards out that ricocheted off of the cross bar and into the goal that put the Poets up 1-0. Eleven minutes later fellow sophomore Dana Bergstrom connected on her first goal of the season connecting in the top right corner of the goal that put the Poets up 2-0. But before anyone could sit down, freshman Courtney Maddux took the ensuing possession and went deep into Sabre territory and found a streaking Danielle Kwasniowski who struck a score past a diving Rosenberger.
Sophomore and 2nd Team All-SCIAC performer Madison Shipherd wanted to get in on the action as well and did so by taking a strike from head on that found the back of the net that extended the Poet lead to 4-0.
After back to back goals from Garcia who was assisted by Shipherd and Kwasniowski, the Poets put on a strong defensive display in the second half holding the Sabres to a mere two shots. They continued to keep the ball deep in Sabre territory but didn't pressure the issue preserving their 6-0 victory. The Purple & Gold return to the field tomorrow as they take on the Boxers of Pacific University with game time slated for 10:00am.