Galvis Nets Two As Sagehens Win Fourth Straight

Galvis Nets Two As Sagehens Win Fourth Straight

Claremont, Calif. - Sophomore Felipe Galvis (pictured) scored a pair of goals, including a late penalty kick that proved to be the game-winner, as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team won its fourth game in a row with a 3-2 victory over Whittier on Wednesday. 

With the win, the Sagehens are now 6-1-1 overall and 4-0-1 in the SCIAC, the only team left without a loss in conference (Pomona-Pitzer's only loss overall was to Cal State San Marcos, an NAIA team). Whittier slips to 4-2-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the league with the defeat. 

The Sagehens led 2-0 at the half before Whittier struck in the first five minutes of the second half, which is where the score stayed until late. With 3:55 left, senior midfielder Arash Mahboubi was fouled in the box, and Galvis stepped up and drilled a penalty kick perfectly into the upper corner, well out of the reach of Whittier goalie Jorge Rivas to make the score 3-1.

That goal would turn out to be crucial, as Whittier scored with just 25 seconds left on the clock as Pablo Gomez won a loose ball 30 yards from goal and blasted a dipping ball into the upper-left corner. The Sagehens, though, booted the ensuing kickoff down the sideline, and Whittier was unable to get the ball back into the offensive end as the clock ran out.

Sophomore midfielder Matthew Marvin got the Sagehens on the board when he took a pass from senior midfielder Nathan Shekita and dribbled into the left edge of the box. He send a hard, low ball towards the far post, and Rivas dove to try to stop it from getting through, but it hit off his arm and went through for a goal as he collided with his own defender.  

Galvis made the score 2-0 when he scored the first of his two goals with 8:22 left in the first half, as he got on the back end of a bending cross from sophomore defender Paul Picciano. He was able to squeeze in the seam of the Whittier defense, settled the ball, and calmly slotted a shot home from 12 yards out.

Dylan Fortin scored 5:16 into the second half on an easy one-time off a perfect cross from Moncef Bouzar to put the pressure on the Sagehens, but the defense held up the rest of the way until the final goal with 25 seconds left.

Senior goalie Nigel Brady had two saves to get the win, including a difficult save of a bending blast from Gomez in the first half that was headed for the upper corner. Rivas had five saves for Whittier, stopping a pair of Sagehens breakaways to keep his team in it.

Pomona-Pitzer will try to stay unbeaten in the SCIAC with a tough road test at Redlands on Saturday at 1 p.m.