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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Soccer team proved a tough match-up for No. 19 Claremont-M-S Wednesday evening as they fell 3-0 at Pritzlaff Field.
After back-to-back lopsided victories at home the Purple & Gold found themselves held scoreless for the third time on the season. They now drop to 3-4, 2-3 SCIAC. CMS on the other hand moves to 7-0, 4-0 SCIAC and posted their seventh straight shutout.
The first half was tight with both teams taking seven shots with Whittier holding an edge 6-2 over the first 30 minutes, which included three on frame. The Stags though turned the tide late in the half with Houston Engleman getting on the back end of a long cross from the right side from Barton with 6:18 to play in the half and headed it down from just outside the top of the six-yard box past Whittier goalkeeper Teddy Nickerson (Seattle, WA).
The score held at 1-0 until the Stags created a little bit of luck midway through the second half. William Birchard took a corner kick that he played to the top of the six-yard box, and Cole Smith slipped in front of the Whitter defense and had the first touch, flicking the ball backwards to try to connect with a teammate 12-yards out. Instead the ball hit off a Whittier defender crashing down the middle and ricocheted into the net for an own goal to stretch the lead to 2-0.
Ten minutes later the Poets fell unlucky again, this time with a bouncing ball through the box that hit off a Whittier player's hand and resulted in a penalty kick, which Birchard buried into the upper corner to close out the scoring.
Nickerson played 82 minutes between the posts and picked up three saves against six shots. On offense, Matteo Loi (Kirkland, WA) took five shots with one being on goal and Johan Telkamp (Seattle, WA) took another two with both being on frame.
Whittier remains on the road this Saturday, September 22 when they take on Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 11:00am.