CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team fell to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent Redlands in a hard-fought 3-2 loss on Saturday afternoon at the Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Field.
The Bulldogs came into today's game as the No. 7 ranked team in the nation and improved to 2-3 overall and 2-0 in SCIAC play while the Sagehens dropped to 1-1-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the conference.
The Sagehens were led by Aidan Ferrer who kept his scoring streak alive as he has now scored in all three games for the Sagehens this season. Freshman Peter Heckerndorn also found the back of the net for his first collegiate goal of his career. Senior goalkeeper Ben Mitchell ended up with the loss but his performance in goal was outstanding as he walked away with 10 saves on the day, many of which is acrobatic fashion.
Redlands had three different players score goals in today's match. Casey ChubbFertal, Ben Thompson and Kayvon Parsa all notched goals for the Bulldogs.
This contest was a spectacle to watch for all 90 minutes as both teams played extremely well on both sides of the ball. The Sagehens would be the team to strike first as they notched the two first goals of the match to jumped out to the infamous 2-0 first half lead. Ferrer tallied his third goal of the season as he was able to steal a ball deep in the opponent's defense and punch it past the keeper to give the Sagehens a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute.
Heckendorn added to that lead in the 39th minute after a corner from Jacob Merkle bounced around the box a bit and Heckendorn was able to find a piece of it to give the Sagehens a 2-0 lead.
Redlands came roaring back after being down 2-0 and countered with a goal just under a minute later as Will MacFarlane found Kayvon Parsa to cut the lead down to 2-1 heading into the half.
The Bulldogs pushed heavy on offense to start the second half as they looked to get level as early as possible. The equalizer finally came off of the foot of ChubbFertal in the 55th minute to even the score at 2-2.
The rest of the half was a back and forth affair as each team had their chances to go in front late in the second half but the crucial moment in the game came as Redlands was awarded a free kick off of a yellow card just outside the side of the box. Sergio Valencia sent a ball in the box that found Thompson and put the Bulldogs up 3-2 in the 83rd minute.
The Sagehens tried a late rally but the Bulldogs stuffed the box full of defenders and outlasted Pomona-Pitzer to steal a win on the road.
The Sagehens will next take on No. 20 Carnegie Mellon on Sunday, September 10th at 10:00 a.m.