Marriner Scores First Career Goal As Sagehens Tie CMS

Marriner Scores First Career Goal As Sagehens Tie CMS

Claremont, Calif. - Senior center back Geordie Marriner scored his first career goal on a corner kick in the 53rd minute, but CMS was able to tie the game in the 80th minute as the two teams played to a 1-1 tie in their SCIAC opener on Wednesday. 

With the tie, the Sagehens move to 2-1-1 on the year and 0-0-1 in the SCIAC, while CMS was playing its first game of the year after two exhibitions. The tie also ends a streak where the road team had won six straight meetings between the schools, dating back to 2011.

After CMS had the better of the play in the first half, outshooting Pomona-Pitzer 8-4, the Sagehens broke the deadlock early in the second half. Senior forward Nathan Shekita took a corner kick from the left side and bent the ball towards the far post inside the top of the six-yard box.  Marriner then outjumped everyone to the ball and headed it off the far (right post) and in for the first goal of his four-year career as a starting defender (goal pictured).

The lead held up until just over 10 minutes to play, as senior goalie Nigel Brady was called on to make a couple of key saves to keep the score 1-0. However, he was wrong-footed on a goal from Michael Crowley, as Taylor Lemmon took a long free kick from 35 yards out and Crowley was able to deflect the ball back towards the opposite way Brady was going, leaving him no chance to make the save as the score was tied 1-1 with 10:29 left. 

The Sagehens finished regulation playing a man up after Mehron Abdi picked up his second yellow card in the 84th minute. The teams ended up playing 10 aside in the second overtime, as Marriner picked up a straight red for committing a foul as the last defender to stop a CMS break into the box. That left Pomona-Pitzer without both starting center backs, after junior Paul Picciano left the game early in the second half with a minor leg injury and did not return.

Junior defender Mark Raftrey made a late bid for a game winner on a well-struck free kick from 25 yards, but CMS goalie Alex Choi read it well and was able to smother it without a rebound to keep the score tied 1-1.

Brady finished the game with 10 saves for the Sagehens, including two in the second overtime. Choi had six saves for the Stags, who had a 23-13 edge in shots for the game. 

Pomona-Pitzer is back in action on Saturday when it hosts Occidental for an 11 a.m. contest.