WHITTIER, Calif. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's soccer team was upset in its season opener to Whittier College, 6-0, this afternoon, Sept. 1, in the first of two games on the team's California road trip.
Maybe it was the jetlag or some season opening jitters as the Poets netted all six goals in the first half and between the 13th and 41st minutes of action. Marian showed some promise as the game progressed by holding the Poets without a single shot in the second half after surrendering 14 in the first.
Marian falls to 0-1 on the young season, while Whittier improves to 1-0 after taking advantage of home field advantage.
The first goal of the match came with just 12:39 gone by as Allison Calabrese netted an unassisted goal. Dana Bergstrom and Danielle Kwasniowski followed up with goals in the 24th and 26th minutes, respectively. Madison Shipherd made it 4-0 in the 35th minute before Sofia Garcia scored twice in a span of 1:32 with the second goal coming with 3:17 remaining in the first half.
The Poets scored their six goals on 14 first-half shots and they finished the game with as many. Caitlyn Rosenberger, who earned All-Region honors as a freshman goalkeeper a year ago played all 90 minutes. She and her defense tightened up in the second half to hold Whittier without any scoring chances.
Marian managed just four shots the entire game and just one on goal, recorded by Jade Koeune.
The Sabres will have a day to regroup before taking on Pomona-Pitzer in Claremont, Calif. on Monday. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. pacific/1 p.m. central time. Live stats and video links will be provided by Pomona-Pitzer and can be found by logging on to sabreathletics.com.