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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Soccer team provided the fireworks Wednesday night edging Pomona-Pitzer 2-1 at Memorial Stadium sending the seniors off with a huge win.
Despite being bumped out of Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Post Season Tournament contention the Poets continue to battle and they did just that giving up the lead late in regulation before coming back in extra time to pick-up their sixth win on the season.
Prior to the game, Head Coach Shea Harwell recognized his six seniors who were taking part in their final home game of their collegiate career. These seniors included William Allgeier (Brea, Calif.), Gonzalo Martinez Zorzi (Necochea, Argentina), Ibrahim Abou Hashish (Cairo, Egypt), Jacob Conlon (Placentia, Calif.), Devin O'Donnell (Anthem, AZ), and Scott Clark (Foothill Ranch, Calif.).
The Poets took the lead in the 30th minute after a through ball broke through the Sagehens' backline allowing Alejandro Trujillo (Buena Park, Calif.) to go 1v1 with Sagehen keeper Bryan Diangson, which he would finish giving WC a 1-0 lead at the half.
Whittier survived a scare in the second half in the 65th minute as the PP offense broke through the backline with a chance for the equalizer. Daniel Tamkin took the initial shot, which then led to a flurry of shots inside the box, which ended with the ball getting deflected off a post and wide.
The Purple & Gold held this 1-0 lead until the very end of regulation. With :30 seconds to play, PP received one last opportunity, which they would capitalize on. Clay Hamilton crossed a desperation ball into the box that found the head of Aidan Ferrer in a crowd of Poet defenders and Ferrer was able to put the ball past Teddy Nickerson (Seattle, WA) that tied the match at 1-1 forcing extra time.
After a scoreless first overtime session where the Poets controlled the tempo outshooting the Sagehens 5-1, Whittier received some luck in the second OT period. Conlon shoot a strike from the near side, which was wide of the goal, but it managed to deflect off a Sagehen defender and into the back of the net for an own goal and the golden goal as Whittier came away with the 2-1 victory.
Nickerson played all 105:06 finishing with seven saves. Conlon led the offense with five shots, with four being on goal and an assist, while Trujillo added three shots with two being on frame and a goal.
Whittier outshot Pomona-Pitzer 17-13 and stood strong defensively on corner kicks as PP held the advantage 13-1, which included eight coming in the second half.
Whittier travels this Saturday, October 27 for their final game of 2018 as they take on Caltech beginning at 11:00am.