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REDLANDS, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Soccer team saw their 2019 season come to a close Wednesday night in the opening round of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Post Season Tournament.
The Purple & Gold dropped a 2-0 decision to the No. 2 seed University of Redlands. They finish the year off at 8-6-2, 7-3-2 SCIAC.
Whittier was held to just one shot across the opening 45:00 minutes and despite adding another five in the second half it wasn't enough to top the Bulldogs. The first goal of the game came in the 25th minute from Ethan Kovach who carried possession down the left wing before taking a strike that connected top corner. The lone shot in the first half for WC came in the 37th minute from Matteo Loi (Kirkland, WA), which ended up wide.
The Poets came out aggressive in the second half with a pair of shots early coming from Alejandro Trujillo (Buena Park, Calif.). The first on a header in the box and the second off a corner from Matt Slee (Bothell, WA) but both would get denied by Bulldog keeper Adrian Munoz. Then in the 74th minute UR added insurance this time from Joseph Parra who was sent a through ball from Derrin Valeri back post. He then connected past a diving Teddy Nickerson (Seattle, WA) that moved the score to 2-0.
Within four minutes of each other the Poets got off another two shots one from Daniel Hayes (Chicago, Ill.), which was sent high and then from RayRay Roberson (Albuquerque, NM), who came up unlucky with his strike hitting off the crossbar. The final looks for the Poets came with two minutes left to play as they collected a pair of corner kicks. But the only shot that was able to get off came from Loi who got a header in the box, which was sent high.
Whittier was outshot on the game 10-6 but did manage to total five corner kicks. Nickerson played all 90:00 minutes between the posts and finished with a save.