Men's Soccer Travels To UT Dallas Saturday For NCAA Tournament

Men's Soccer Travels To UT Dallas Saturday For NCAA Tournament

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Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team will travel to Dallas and face  host UT Dallas in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1980, on Saturday at 3 p.m. (Pacific time).

Trinity (Texas), which is ranked No. 2 in the nation, and Hardin-Simmons are also assigned to the UT Dallas sub-regional and will face each other in the other opening round matchup on Saturday. The two winners will face each other on Sunday at 3 p.m. (Pacific time) in the second round for the right to advance to the Round of 16 at a site to be determined.

Pomona-Pitzer (14-5-1) will be making its second-ever NCAA Division III Tournament appearance and its first in 34 years after defeating Redlands 1-0 on Saturday in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament. Senior Avery Raimondo tallied the game's only goal in the 13th minute off a pass from sophomore Voja Maric, which held up the rest of the way. Senior Nathan Shekita also cleared a ball off the line early in the second half to preserve the shutout from senior goalie Nigel Brady.

Maric also scored two goals in a 2-1 SCIAC semifinal win over Chapman and now has the team lead with seven goals on the year. Shekita has the team lead in points with 16 (five goals, six assists), one ahead of Maric, while sophomores Felipe Galvis (five goals, four assists) and Matthew Marvin (six goals, two assists) each have 14 points.  

UT Dallas (13-4-3) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after falling 2-0 to Hardin-Simmons in the championship game of the American Southwest Conference tournament this weekend. Similar to the Sagehens, the Comets boast a balanced offense with Roman Rodriguez leading in goals with seven, while Omar Jaroun has the team lead in points with 16 (five goals, six assists). 

The two teams met last year at Pomona-Pitzer, with UT Dallas winning 4-0 on Sunday, Sept. 24. Benjamin Tijerina, Michael Matthews, Michael Darrow and Lukas Teese scored the goals for UT Dallas. Matthews is the only one of the four goal-scorers currently active as Tijerina and Darrow graduated (Darrow currently serves as an assistant coach), and Teese hasn't played since opening day this season.  The Sagehens had played a conference game the day before meeting the undefeated Comets last season and rested some of their starters, contributing to a dominant performance from UT Dallas, which held a 25-10 edge in shots and forced goalie Carson Witte to make 10 saves.

The last time the Sagehens went to the NCAA Tournament in 1980, they fell 5-0 to Washington (Mo.) University after winning the SCIAC with a perfect 6-0 conference record. 

Further information, including links to live stats/video, can be found at the UT Dallas tournament home page link above.