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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Soccer team put together a come from behind victory Saturday night to top Chapman University 3-2 in OT.
The Purple & Gold remain red hot and improve to 5-3, 4-1 SCIAC. They have won four of their last five and currently sit in sole possession of 2nd place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Standings (SCIAC).
It was a high scoring affair with a combined five goals being scored. The late game heroics all started with just three minutes left to play in regulation as the Poets trailed 2-1. Whittier earned a corner kick in the 87th minute, which was taken by freshman Nainoa Loschky (Bellevue, WA). He sent a long ball back post, which found the head of RayRay Roberson (Albuquerque, NM) who finished with a diving header that sent the game into OT.
It didn't take long for the Poets to find the golden goal in extra time as sophomore Banks Telkamp (Seattle, WA) would secure the win after receiving the ball at the 40 before taking a touch and carrying it past a pair of defenders and finishing past a diving Gianluca Torgerson.
Whittier controlled every aspect of the game outshooting Chapman 20-6 and holding the lopsided edge on corner kicks 12-1. The Purple & Gold held CU to just one shot in the first half, which happened to be the go-ahead goal coming from Tobi Howe. A couple of passes were connected in the box before Howe would finish on the right side.
The equalizer came in the 32nd minute from Alejandro Trujillo (Buena Park, Calif.) who took a bouncing ball in the box putting a head on it to finish past Torgerson. Chapman regained the lead out of the half as Zach Matteoni would get fed by Jared Matteoni finishing with a header into the left side of the goal. But that lead wouldn't hold as Whittier would earn the game-tying goal from Roberson before seeing Telkamp finish off the game with his golden goal in extra time.
Teddy Nickerson (Seattle, WA) played all 98:47 and finished with two saves against four shots.
Telkamp led the offense with four shots, three being on frame. Trujillo added five connections with three being on goal and Nicolas Barrera (Bellflower, Calif.), Tommy Yarbrough (Encincitas, Calif.), Roberson, and Matteo Loi (Kirkland, WA) would each add two strikes apiece.
Whittier returns to competition this Wednesday, October 9 when they travel to take on Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 4:00pm.