Poets hang tough with Redlands

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

(Original piece from Whittier College Athletics, Sep. 2017)

By Dan Gudino

WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men’s Soccer team hung tough with the Bulldogs of the University of Redlands Saturday as they fell 3-0 at Memorial Stadium.

The Poets slip now to 1-5, 1-4 SCIAC, while Redlands improves to 6-3 and a perfect 6-0 SCIAC.

Whittier managed just one shot on goal for the game and failed to challenge Bulldogs goalie Josh Haskill, while UR forward, Kayon Parsa was involved in all three scores with two goals and two assists.

Parsa capped off his performance when he managed to sneak into the box and tap an assist to the near post to Chase Boone for his second goal of the day.

The Boone and Parsa connection accounted for all scoring plays.

The Poet offense managed to get a number of opportunities throughout the contest but they couldn’t connect as they finished with 10 shots. Within a seven minute window in the first half the Poets were able to get off three shots with the best look coming in the 20th minute when Poet forward, Matteo Loi (Kirkland, WA), took a shot on goal, but fell unlucky as it went straight into the arms of Haskill.

The trend for the Poet soccer ball was “fly high or miss wide” as Whittier went down 1-0 at the half with several shots off the mark as they continued to match Redlands stride for stride. Aggressive play was seen early in the second half, with three straight shots from the Poets within the first nine minutes of play, but again none would get on frame.

Parsa of Redlands scored the first goal in the 13th minute, of the first half, when Whittier tried to defend down in the box, but Parsa managed to sneak in off a poor pass that was ricocheted into his possession, which he then tapped in for the eventual game-winner.

Nathan Armas (Montclair, Calif.) finished the game with three saves playing all 90:00. Loi led the offense with three shots, while Connor Tait-Mole (Livermore, Calif.) added two. The shot differential was close as Redlands edged the Poets 11-10, same with corner kicks at 4-3.

Whittier continues their home stand this Wednesday, September 27 against Caltech with game time set for 7:00pm.

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