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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College women's soccer team suffered a 4-1 loss to Pomona-Pitzer Wednesday evening as they let in four first half goals en route to having their Senior Night spoiled.
Prior to the game the Poets recognized their four seniors who were playing in their final home game of their collegiate career. These seniors included Sofia Garcia (Bonita, Calif.), Dana Bergstrom (Riverside, Calif.), Rachel Inouye (Hawaii Kai, HI), and Madison Shipherd (Whittier, Calif.).
The Sagehens jumped out of the starting gates quickly capitalizing on two Poet miscues early in the first half. Amanda Coba for the Sagehens got things started taking a ball into the box at the 6:51 mark angling a shot past Poet keeper Alexi Cruz (Long Beach, Calif.) going near post.
Coba would strike again two minutes later when an errant clear attempt by Inouye would land in the box, which Coba would tap in to put PP in front 2-0.
Ten minutes later Coba would complete the hat trick when she received a through ball from Natalie Thornton-Clark that she would finish to the bottom left corner past an outstretched Cruz.
But the scoring didn't stop there as Sofia Barsher would connect for her first goal of the game taking a shot in the 28th minute, which would be saved by Cruz but the rebound would come back to her, which she would finish to move the score to 4-0 at the break.
In the second half, opportunities presented themselves for the Poets as they had a great look in front of the goal coming from a Leila Afrasiyabi (Los Angeles, Calif.) cross but two Poet attackers wouldn't be able to get a head on it as it would sail right of the goal.
Whittier would have another opportunity in the 70th minute from freshmanLeah Kolek (Diamond Bar, Calif.) in front of the goal but she would elect to take the shot with her off foot sending it right to Annie Wedel for the save.
The Poets would connect though eight minutes later from Maegan Garcia (Hacienda Heights, Calif.) who carried a ball up the sideline and into the box where she would finish past Wedel for the lone Poet goal.
Whittier was outshot 18-6 on the evening and never picked up a corner kick. Cruz suffered the loss in goal even though she had seven saves, while Christina Prieto played 29:48 picking up one save.
Kolek and Kaela Reisfelt (Castaic, Calif.) each took two shots apiece to lead the offense.
The Poets have one final game left on their schedule as they take on La Verne this Saturday, November 1 on the road beginning at 7:00pm.