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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Following a lopsided 4-0 victory over Benedictine University, the Whittier College women's soccer team took to the road against UC Santa Cruz Saturday but wound up falling 4-2 in a slugfest.
Senior Madison Shipherd (Whittier, Calif.) got things started six minutes in finding the back of the goal from freshman Lauren Kai (Torrance, Calif.) for her third goal of the season putting the Purple & Gold in front early.
Then with two minutes to play before the half, the Banana Slugs would add the equalizer coming from Claire Lim who headed in a cross from Sara Sadler.
Out of the break, Sadler would strike herself in the 48th and 62nd minutes putting UCSC in front 3-1 with back to back goals. But Whittier didn't go away as Shipherd would collect her second tally of the contest and her fourth of the season at the 64:49 mark that pulled WC within one.
Pushing the tempo in the final twenty five minutes, Whittier was unable to force the game into OT as Kacie Ring would put the Banana Slugs back in front by two heading in a corner kick that wound up securing the victory for UCSC.
Whittier was outshot 22-10 on the afternoon and was at a disadvantage on corner kicks 5-0, but saw sophomore goal keeper Alexi Crux (Long Beach, Calif.) come up with a season high 10 saves against 14 shots, while playing all ninety minutes.
Shipherd led the offensive attack with seven shots with two being on goal, while Maegan Garcia (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) had two with both being on target.
Whittier returns tomorrow, Sunday, September 7 for their second straight road contest as they take on Whitman University at 1:00pm on the campus of UC Santa Cruz.