Panthers shut down Poets

Panthers shut down Poets

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WHITTIER, Calif. - The Whittier College women's soccer team took on the Panthers of Chapman University, but came away empty as they lost 4-1.

The Poets came out aggressive at the beginning of the game as senior Chelsea Irha took the first two shots on goal within the first five minutes of the game, but she came away empty handed.  Val Sobol from Chapman then came down a couple minutes later to put in the first goal of the contest off of a cross from Kate Lilly. 

Freshman Madison Shipherd who started in her third straight game for the purple and gold, had a great look at the goal in the 26th minute but she was turned away. 

But Whittier continued to be aggressive and in the 32nd minute, the Poets connected for their first goal of the game from senior Megan Wessel who got a beautiful ball sent into the box by fellow senior Stephanie Bergstrom

Whittier continued to pick up the tempo as Wessel and Lauren Velasquez put two more shots on goal, one that was blocked and one that was saved.   

As Chapman came back down the field Rebecca Bortz managed to put in a goal of her own that put the Panthers up 2-1 heading into the half. 

 As the second half got underway, the Poets didn't waste any time as Shipherd and Allison Calabrese took two shots on goal that barely missed wide.  So Whittier continued to be aggressive and were constant with get scoring opportunities.

Then in the 68th minute, Chapman's Lilly connected for her first goal of the game as she put one in the upper part of the net to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead. 

Bergstrom got a great look at the goal in the 74th minute for the Poets but her ball wound up hitting off of the side post.  Opportunities were presenting itself for Whittier but the Poets ended up unlucky as Chapman's Aimee Evans knocked in the final goal of the game in the 71st minute to put the Panthers up 4-1, a lead they would not relinquish.

Whittier returns to action and continues to seek their first win of the season as they travel to the University of Redlands Wednesday, September 21, beginning at 7pm.