Late second half goals give Chapman 3-2 win over Whittier

Breehn Sasaki (photo by Larry Newman)
Breehn Sasaki (photo by Larry Newman)

ORANGE, Calif. – The Chapman University women's soccer team scored twice in the final 10 minutes to pull out a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Whittier College on a sweltering Wednesday night at Wilson Field.

Down 2-1, in the 84th minute, Chapman (6-8-1) was fouled in the goalie box earning senior M Breehn Sasaki a penalty kick which she put in the right side of the net to even the score. Just over three minutes later, the Panthers took their first lead of the night when junior F Aimee Evans scored off an assist from freshman F Rebeccah Bortz for her second goal of the night which made the score 3-2.

Whittier (1-11) led for much of the game, jumping out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by senior F Chelsea Irha in the 27th minute. The Poets held a 1-0 lead at halftime despite getting outshot by the Panthers 12-3 in the first half.

Less than two minutes into the second half, Evans scored her first goal of the night against Whittier junior GK Shanna Falch to even the score at 1-1. Despite giving up the three goals, Falch had a strong night recording 10 saves.

Irha answered right back for Whittier off an assist from senior M Shelly Johiro for her second goal of the night giving the Poets a 2-1 lead in the 50th minute. Irha played much of the game for Whittier but was not one of the original 11 starters.

Freshman Olivia Do saw her first action of the season for Chapman at goalie coming in and relieving junior GK Rissa Andersen in the 26th minute. Usually a reserve midfielder, Do was forced into the goalie role after a third Chapman goalie went down to injury this season.

by Chris Watts
Sports Information Assistant