Thousand Oaks, Calif. - Freshman forward Guy Thyer (Seattle, Wash.) scored in the first half and the defense held on the rest of the way as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team defeated Cal Lutheran 1-0 on the road on Monday evening in the SCIAC opener for both teams.
With the win, the Sagehens improve to 2-1 on the young season, including 1-0 in league play. Cal Lutheran falls to 2-2 and 0-1 in the SCIAC.
Thyer scored an unassisted goal in the 23rd minute, finding the back of the net for the second straight game, both of which were game-winners. He also headed in the game-winner in the second half of a 4-1 win over Cal State San Marcos on Wednesday, breaking a 1-1 tie.
Senior goalie Rollie Thayer (Shorewood, Minn.) earned his first shutout of the season, registering five saves in net for the Sagehens. The defense of senior Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.), junior Ryan Miller (Centennial, Colo.), and sophomores Mark Raftrey (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Georgie Marriner (Bellingham, Wash.) also played well in front of him, blocking five shots from the Kingsmen (four in the second half).
Cal Lutheran held a narrow 16-15 edge in total shots for the game. Pomona-Pitzer nearly had a second goal in the 82nd minute, as sophomore forward Nathan Shekita (San Jose, Calif.) hit the post in his bid for his first goal of the year.
Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. home contest against consortium rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.