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REDLANDS, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Soccer team tried to act as spoilers Saturday afternoon as the University of Redlands celebrated their Senior Day. The Poets held a 2-1 lead in the second half but couldn't hold it as UR would go on to score two late to win 4-2.
The Purple & Gold end their 2019 schedule dropping four of their last five and finish 3-8-5, 3-6-3 SCIAC.
Whittier took control early getting on the scoreboard first in the 14th minute from junior Jazmin Gomez (Norwalk, Calif.) who was at the right place at the right time in the box getting a rebound before putting away the go-ahead goal. Fourteen minutes later Redlands added the equalizer coming from Alexa Groesser who received a short cross from Eva Vlassopoulos.
Out of the break Whittier regained the lead this time from sophomore Alexis Huff (Henderson, NV) who received a through ball from junior transfer Monica Garcia (San Bernardino, Calif.) before winning a one-on-one breakaway with Bulldog keeper Brittany Dinkins. Right after that the Poets fell unlucky seeing Joey Wescott (Agoura Hills, Calif.) earn a Red Card forcing WC to play a person down the rest of the game. This lead then wouldn't hold as UR would battle back to add the equalizer and go-ahead strike within three minutes of each other. Emily Falla tied things up in the 58th minute earning a pass from Gabby Hart through the backline before finishing. She then returned a few minutes later to add her second of the game this time finishing a low cross in front of a diving Samantha Pearson (Long Beach, Calif.).
But Redlands wasn't done as they would tack on insurance in the 67th minute from Vlassopoulos who received a long through ball from Bryn Anderson from the midfield.
Whittier was outshot 25-4 and was at a disadvantage on corner kicks 5-4. Pearson got the start between the posts once again for the injured Vanessa Martinez and finished with eight saves.