The Whittier College Men’s Soccer team extended their losing streak to four straight games after Monday’s match against Occidental College, ending with a score of 5-0. This puts the Poets SCIAC conference record at 1-6, with an overall record of 2-7.
Despite starting the game with a solid defensive half, the Poets were unable to prevent the Tigers from scoring four goals during the second half. At the end of the first half the Poets were trailing the Tigers 1-0, with the only goal coming early in the first three minutes of the game. The Tigers wouldn’t put another ball in the net until the 54th minute of the game.
“We kept ourselves down,” sophomore midfielder Darren Holmes said. “We didn’t play as a team and it showed.” The Poets took a total of 12 shots during Monday’s game, with only 6 making it on goal. In comparison, the Tigers took a total of 28 shots, with 11 on goal. The Tigers also lead in corner kicks, 7-4.
“[It’s an] embarrassment,” said senior goalkeeper Jorge Rivas when asked about Monday’s game. Rivas blocked four of the eight shots taken against him during his 74 minutes in the cage. While in the cage for the final 16 minutes of the game, first-year goalkeeper Nathan Armas blocked one of the two goals taken by the Tigers.
Later that week, the Poets beat the Beavers of California Institute of Technology 2-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 28. The win improved the Poets record to 2-6 in SCIAC and 3-7 overall.
Junior forward Connor Tait-Mole put the Poets on the board with the first goal, scoring towards the end of the first half. First-year forward Noah Gibson followed up with a goal of his own shortly after.
Rivas made two saves against the Beavers, shutting out their offense.
The Poets will face the University of Redlands at home this Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. The matchup will be the second time the Poets play the Bulldogs after losing to them 5-0 earlier in the season.