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REDLANDS, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Soccer team gave the University of Redlands all they could handle Wednesday night as they fell 2-1 at Farquhar Field.
In a tightly contested match-up, which came down to the latter stages, the Bulldogs were able to pull off the victory improving to 7-3, 6-2 SCIAC. Whittier now drops to 4-6, 3-5 SCIAC and currently sits 6th in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Standings.
The game got off to a wild start with the Purple & Gold striking first, three minutes in. They received a deep blast from Matteo Loi (Kirkland, WA), which took a Poet bounce off a Bulldog defender and into the net. But on the next possession for the University of Redlands they would answer with the equalizer from Kayvon Parsa coming on a PK, which came due to a handball in the box.
The game became physical soon after with a combined 31 fouls being called. Each team got quality looks on free kicks because of them, but neither team was able to capitalize as the game remained deadlocked at the break.
Whittier had a look for the go-ahead goal in the 21st minute, when they constructed a breakaway that forced Bulldog keeper Matteo DeFina to leave his post, but the ensuing shot would end up being blocked.
In the second half, UR forced the issue taking 13 shots to Whittier's four. The aggression paid off in the 74th minute from Parsa who was wrestled to the ground inside the box resulting in yet another penalty kick, which he would finish, putting Redlands on top 2-1. The Poets had one final look to tie things up in the last minute coming off the foot of Ibrahim Abou Hashish (Cairo, Egypt) but the final shot would get blocked ending the Poet comeback hopes.
Whittier was outshot on the evening 19-8 and was at a disadvantage on corner kicks 5-3.
Teddy Nickerson (Seattle, WA) played all 90:00 minutes between the posts and added four saves. The offense was led by Loi with three shots, two being on goal. Banks Telkamp (Seattle, WA) added two shots and Alejandro Trujillo (Buena Park, Calif.), Ethan Ryver (Placentia, Calif.), and Hashish would tack on one strike apiece.
Whittier returns home this Saturday, October 6 when they host Chapman University beginning at 7:00pm.