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PASADENA, Calif. – A late second half goal proved the difference Wednesday afternoon as the Whittier College Women's Soccer team edged Caltech 1-0.
The Purple & Gold have won three of their last four as they improve to 3-1-1, 2-1 SCIAC.
Whittier controlled every aspect of the game outshooting the Beavers 21-3, while holding the edge 5-1 on corner kicks but they still saw themselves deadlocked at the break.
Caltech got off the first shot of the game testing Vanessa Martinez (La Mirada, Calif.) early but she was able to come away with the save. The next time CIT would get off a shot would be in the 39th minute, which was also turned away by Martinez.
The Poets took eight shots in the first half with four of them on frame. WC had a strong look in the 26th minute with Miranda Yzabal (Whittier, Calif.) taking a corner kick and finding Aubrey Baran (La Mirada, Calif.) back post for a header. But the ensuing shot would miss just wide keeping the game scoreless.
Erin Myers (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) got a look later in the half putting a header on frame but again CIT keeper Kali Drango would come up big with the save.
Out of the break Whittier was relentless on the offensive end pouring on 13 shots with seven being on frame. But the defensive unit was just as strong holding the Beavers to just one shot and no corners as they completed their third shutout on the season.
Despite the offensive juggernaut, CIT was able to keep the game scoreless until the 81st minute when Lyla Matar (Glendale, Calif.) was able to find the back of the goal for the eventual game-winner. Jenna Muise (Chino Hills, Calif.) started the possession off winning the ball in the back before finding Isabella Vargas (Newberg, OR) who carried it, while drawing in her defender. After that she was able to put in a nice through ball to Matar who was able to finish.
For the game, Yzabal finished with three shots, with all three hitting the post. Jazmin Gomez (Norwalk, Calif.) finished with four shots with all of them being 1v1 with the keeper and Matar finished with four shots as well with another three being on frame.
Freshman Martinez got the start in goal and played 45:00 minutes collecting two saves in her first collegiate victory. On the opposite side, Drango had a game posting double digit saves with 11.
Whittier remains on the road this Saturday, September 15 as they travel to take on the University of La Verne beginning at 7:00pm.