THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The Cal Lutheran men's soccer team fell behind early and could not overcome the deficit in a 1-0 loss to Whitman in the second and final non-conference game of the season on Saturday night at Rolland Stadium.
After Whitman punched one into the back of the net in just the third minute of the match, the Kingsmen released a fury of shots throughout the contest but could not find an equalizer.
The best chance came in the 70th minute when CLU rattled off three shots in a matter of seconds, two coming from Brandon Kearney right in front of the goal, but the Whitman defense somehow prevailed and kept the ball out of the net.
The Violet and Gold earned a corner kick in the 89th minute for one final chance, but the ball was not bouncing in favor of the Kingsmen all night.
Kearney and Gabe Fernando led CLU with three shots apiece while six other Kingsmen tallied a shot in the game. Sergio Esquivel recorded six saves in goal for CLU. Overall, Whitman outshot the Kingsmen 13-12 while CLU held a 6-2 advantage in corners.
Cal Lutheran (1-1) will begin Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) action on the road this Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Whittier at 7:00 p.m.