CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team fell to non-conference opponent No. 20 Carnegie Mellon 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Field.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens drop to 1-2-1 overall after losing back to back games to ranked opponents while the Tartans improve to 3-1 overall.
Goalkeeper Bryan Diangson got his first start in goal for the Sagehens as he picked up the loss, but the freshman had a solid afternoon with six saves and only allowed one goal.
The turning moment in the game was after the Tartans forced a turnover at midfield and counter attacked to find a scoring opportunity that they turned into a goal as Michael Lin lofted a shot over the goal keeper and found the bottom of the crossbar to give Carnegie Mellon a 1-0 advantage in the 17th minute.
The Sagehens offense looked to draw even in the second half but could not capitalize on their scoring opportunities as the Tartans defense settled in after the goal.
Pomona-Pitzer had momentum late in the second half but the Sagehens suffered a red card on a player in the 76th minute and was forced to play the rest of the contest down a man. The Sagehens offense could not overcome the one goal deficit with only 10 men as they fell to the Tartans for their second-straight loss.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next get back into SCIAC play as they host Caltech on Wednesday, September 13th at 4:00 p.m.