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REDLANDS, Calif. – The Whittier College women's soccer team tried to act as spoilers in this afternoons' contest against the Bulldogs of the University of Redlands but was unable to ruin the senior day festivities dropping a 4-0 decision in their 2012 season finale.
Whittier wraps up their 2012 season finishing 5-13, 3-11 SCIAC, while Redlands finished 10-5-3, 7-5-2 SCIAC awaiting the outcome of the Pomona-Pitzer/La Verne game this evening to see if they make it into the SCIAC Post Season Tournament.
Redlands got off to a strong start getting an early goal eight minutes in when Nicole Fox tapped in a cross that was sent in by Savannah Laursen. Two minutes later, Fox again added to her goal total when she headed in a ball one timed from Samantha Rivera that came off of a Bulldog corner kick.
Remaining aggressive in the latter stages of the first half, Redlands earned a free kick just outside of Whittier's 18-yard box. Laursen blasted the set-piece over the wall and into the upper-left corner of the goal that extended the Bulldog lead to three. Late in the first half, Redlands managed to squeak in their fourth goal of the contest in the 42nd minute when Jennifer Franklin one timed a cross put in by Kristen Arroyo, which stretched the Redlands lead to 4-0 going into the break.
Coming out of intermission the Bulldogs continued to pressure the ball and controlled the tempo of the game outshooting Whittier 18-2, while holding the advantage on corner kicks at 6-0. But Whittier's Shanna Falch remained strong between the posts and recorded five saves (8 for the game) keeping the Bulldogs scoreless in the second half. But Redlands defense was just as strong holding the Purple & Gold to two shots, which proved to be the confounding factor in the loss.