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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Soccer team fell unlucky inside Memorial Stadium Friday night as they fell 2-1 to Bethesda University coming off a golden goal with under a minute to play in the opening OT period.
The Purple & Gold held a lead 1-0 throughout but couldn't clinch the victory as the Flames would capitalize on a failed pass attempt on the backline in the last five minutes of regulation before connecting on a free kick on top of the box in extra time.
Whittier controlled the tempo in the opening half outshooting the Flames 6-5. They also had a number of great looks early. The first coming off the foot of Matt Slee (Bothell, WA) who went top shelf four minutes in before getting denied by Flames goalie Marcelo Maia who punched it high off the crossbar. RayRay Roberson (Albuquerque, NM) got in the mix on the ensuing corner kick but his shot too would get denied by Maia. In the 12th minute, WC had another strong look earning a 4-on-1 with a cross from the far wing finding Matteo Loi (Kirkland, WA) who took a strike. But his shot was right at Maia who made his third stop on the night.
The go-ahead goal finally fell in the 19th minute from Loi who capitalized off a deflection connecting on an open net putting WC on top 1-0. This lead would hold until the 85th minute when the Flames would add the equalizer. The Poets' backline sent a ball to freshman keeper Lachlan Davidson (Portland, OR), there was an ensuing hustle play to the ball between Davidson and Icaro Nemeth, but the Flames' forward would get to the ball first sending it near post.
In extra time, Whittier continued to push but fell unlucky in the 98th minute when a foul was called against them on top of the box. Lucas Fonseca took the ensuing free kick and managed to send it low far post past the wall sending the Flames to the come-from behind road victory.
Whittier finished the game outshooting Bethesda 12-11 and held the advantage on corner kicks 4-1. Banks Telkamp (Seattle, WA) and Loi each took four shots apiece, with Loi having two on frame. Davidson played all 99:02 between the posts and finished with three stops.
Whittier returns to the pitch in September for a grinding schedule with six games, five of which are on the road. Their next match-up will send them to the Pacific Northwest where they will take on Linfield College on Saturday, September 7.