Women’s soccer silences Panthers, Men go scoreless

Alexis Dods

The Whittier College Men and Women’s Soccer Teams faced Chapman at home last Saturday, Oct. 8.

Senior forward Francesca Escobedo was instrumental in earning the lady Poets their 1-0 win over the Panthers. Meanwhile, the Whittier College Men’s soccer team came up short against the Panthers, losing 5-0.

Escobedo blew past a Panther center-back on a one-on-one opportunity and aimed for the low corner, scoring the Poets’ winning goal, which flew past Panther senior goalkeeper Kristin Kleinow.

The women’s win over Chapman ended their run of three ties in their last six games, improving to 4-4-4 (2-3-3 in SCIAC), whereas Chapman fell to 5-6-1 (2-5-1 in SCIAC).

Even though the Poets were outshot 17-12 and were edged on corner kicks 6-4, they were able to pull through and clinch the win during the 63rd minute.

Poet senior goalkeeper Alexi Cruz stepped off the field with four saves and gained her fourth shutout of the season, while Poet junior midfielder Lauren Kai took five shots, three of which were on goal.

With Saturday’s loss, the Men’s team has now lost six of their last seven games, falling to 3-9 overall (2-8 in SCIAC).

The Panthers dominated the game from beginning to end, scoring three goals in the first half and outshooting the Purple & Gold 16-4. 

Panther senior midfielder Marco Saglimbeni started the game by scoring a goal in the 7th minute after being fed a pass inside the box from Panther junior midfielder Zev Gollis. 

In the 60th minute of the second half, the Poets had three shots on goal. The first was from senior forward James Suri, who put Panther junior goalkeeper Sean Augustine in a tough position. The rebound went to Poet first-year forward James Henderson, who also attempted to score. His shot hit the cross-bar and resulted in a scramble in the box off the foot of Poet junior midfielder Rudy Cessna, who was in turn denied by Augustine. 

The Panthers advanced their lead with a scissor-kick goal on top of the box from Panther first-year midfielder Ryan Onart. Panther senior midfielder Sam Rudich followed up with a strike from the top of the box that flew over Poet first-year goalkeeper Nathan Armas. 

The Panthers ended the game with 34 shots, 12 of which were on goal, as well as 11 corner kicks. Meanwhile, the Poets finished with 14 shots, seven of which were on goal, and six corner kicks. Poet senior goalkeeper Jorge Rivas concluded the game with a total of eight saves. Suri racked up four shots, three of which were on goal. Poet junior forward Connor Tait-Mole, Poet first-year midfielder Cayden Jones, and Henderson added two shots each. 

The WC Men’s soccer team will be away for their next three games. Their road series started last night, after tying the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens 1-1. The Poets will next travel to Thousand Oaks to take on the Kingsmen of Cal Lutheran on Saturday, Oct 15.

The lady Poets also briefly took to the road last night, losing to the University of La Verne 0-2. They return home to take on the Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday, Oct. 15.