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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Despite falling 2-0 in their season finale with Cal Lutheran University, the Whittier College Women's Soccer team managed to earn the program's first ever trip to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Post Season Tournament.
The Purple & Gold received help earlier in the day from Chapman University who beat the University of La Verne 6-2, which bumped the Leopards out of playoff contention, while keeping WC in the hunt for a No. 2, No. 3, or No. 4 seed following their evening match-up.
But after being blanked by the Regals on the road, and with Redlands pulling off the 1-0 victory over Claremont-M-S, the Poets earned a No. 4 seed.
Cal Lutheran earned the top spot with 35 points and was followed by Pomona-Pitzer (21 Points), Redlands (19 Points), and Whittier (18 Points).
Whittier attempted to spoil the Regals Senior Night but couldn't find the back of the net over the 90:00 minutes. The Poets saw themselves trailing 1-0 in the 13th minute. CLU was awarded a PK following a handball called on WC in the box, which Kali Youngdahl buried for the eventual game-winner.
In the 61st minute, CLU added insurance to their lead as Maddy Griess delivered a long throw-in deep into the box. Youngdahl was there to flick a header back to Alexandra Albaeck who fired off a shot inside of the left post.
Jazmin Gomez (Norwalk, Calif.) had a look to cut the deficit to one at the 65:55 mark but Regal keeper Alysa Frazier would come up with one of her three saves on the evening, which kept the shutout intact.
Leah Kolek (Diamond Bar, Calif.) and Gomez each finished with two shots a piece to lead the Poets offensive unit.
Whittier was outshot for the game 13-6 and was at a 4-3 disadvantage on corner kicks, while Lyla Matar (Glendale, Calif.) picked up four saves between the posts.
Whittier opens the SCIAC Post Season Tournament this Thursday, November 2 as they travel to take on Cal Lutheran University with the pitch set to begin at 7:00pm.