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WHITTIER, Calif. – Following a 2-1 victory over Chapman University Saturday, the Whittier College Women's Soccer team kept the momentum going and took another amazing 3-0 win over La Verne at Memorial Stadium
The Purple & Gold extend their winning streak to four games and head into their next match-up at 9-6, 5-6 SCIAC with a mission to stay within the top four of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Standings.
Sophomore Andrea Aldama (Gardena, Calif) got the scoring started quickly for WC taking a powerful strike from within the 18-yard box angling it into the upper corner of the goal within the first minute of the game. Watch the goal here!
But one was just not enough for the Poets as they continued to fire off another 17 shots in the first half. Clarissa Field (Saugus, Calif) was next up for Whittier finding the back of the goal in the 29th minute giving the Purple & Gold a 2-0 lead. She sent a shot from 33 yards out after being fed by Jazmin Gomez (Norwalk, Calif). La Verne tried to get some offense going in the first half but were limited to just three shots with none on goal due to the physical play of the back line including Jenna Muise (Chino Hills, Calif.), Aldama, Ashley Gonzalez (Whittier, Calif.), Sophie Nicotero (Sun City, Calif.), Terris, and keeper Layla Matar (Glendale, Calif).
The match started to become a very physical game on both sides in the second half. However, the Poets fought through it as they added insurance coming off the foot of Kanoe Morihara (Mililani, HI). She took advantage of Leah Kolek's (Diamond Bar, Calif.) creativity in the box and finished it off with a touch from the cross in the 60th minute. Watch the goal here!
La Verne had a late opportunity to get on the scoreboard with under ten minutes to play as Hannah Leone put a ball on frame but she would get denied as Matar would punch it out preserving the shutout victory.
Whittier outshot La Verne 31-6 and held the advantage on corner kicks at 7-4. Matar finished with two saves for the game, while Leo keeper Jasmine Valadez totaled 16. Gomez led the offense with six shots, which included five on goal, while Kolek registered five and an assist. The Poets will be back at home this Saturday, October 21 at 7:00pm as they take on Pomona Pitzer on Senior Night.