CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team fell to non-conference opponent Carthage 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Field.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens fall to 1-1 on the year.
The Sagehens were led by Jared Mejia and Daniel Tamkin who each netted a goal in the loss. Jonathan Rushton got his first start of his career against the Red Men and came up with the loss with one save on the afternoon.
After scoring in the second minute of their previous game, the Sagehens played from behind for the majority of this one as Carthage got on top within the first ten minutes of the game as Ivan Esquivel scored a goal in 10th minute to take a 1-0 lead.
The Red Men doubled up their lead just before halftime as Equivel scored his second goal of the game in the 38th minute to put Carthage up 2-0 heading into the break.
The Sagehens flipped the switch at halftime and came out to control the game in the second half. Mejia got the Sagehens on the board as he settled a deflection inside the box and curled it past the goal keeper to cut the lead down to 2-1.
Pomona-Pitzer erased the deficit just two minutes later as Peter Heckendorn played a phenomenal through ball from the defensive third down the right side to Tamkin who snuck a shot past the keeper to tie the game at 2-2 in the 65th minute of play.
After coming back down 2-0 to tie the game, Carthage responded immediately with a goal in the 67th minute as a low cross played inside the box found the foot of Jerry Patino to put Carthage back on top 3-2.
Pomona-Pitzer tried to score a goal late in the second half but Carthage was able to hold off the Sagehens for the win.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to SCIAC opponent Caltech on September 5th at 4:00 p.m.