PASADENA, CA: Pomona-Pitzer made Wednesday's match one for the record books, scoring five second-half goals en route to a 6-0 victory over Caltech to give Head Coach Bill Swartz his 300th career win.
First amongst all active SCIAC coaches in career wins, Swartz reached the landmark 300-win total in his 28th season with the Sagehens (7-8-2, 7-6-1 SCIAC), through which he has been the architect of one of the most successful programs in the conference. Pomona-Pitzer has won seven SCIAC titles under the helm of Swartz including a stretch of four titles in 1996-2006 which also saw his squads post a 132-69-7 record. In all, Swartz's tenure has been defined by consistent success, as over his 28 years the Sagehens have posted 18 seasons with 10 or more wins and have finished .500 or better 22 times (including 21 in the last 24 years). Most recently, Swartz guided Pomona-Pitzer to the SCIAC Postseason Tournament Title and an NCAA Tournament bid in 2014, earning league Coach of the Year honors in the process.
"When you're lucky enough to win 300 games, it's a testament to the quality of the students I've had the privilege to work with in my career" said head coach Bill Swartz. "It also means I've been around for a long time, both things of which I'm very thankful for. At the end of the day, it has always been those actually on the field who are responsible for this milestone and I believe my players truly deserve the credit."
The Pomona-Pitzer offense added its own historical touch to the match as well, as their five second half goals were the most in a half since October 19, 2011 when the Sagehens scored five second half goals to beat Caltech at home 8-0. Sophomore Peter Rentzepis both opened up and finished the scoring for Pomona-Pitzer, getting on the board in the 42nd minute off of Aidan Ferrer's pass and later heading in a Voja Maric cross in the 78th minute to cap the Hens off. While Caltech (0-13, 0-13 SCIAC) kept it a tightly contested game in the first forty-five minutes, an own goal only minutes into the second half opened up the flood gates as Pomona-Pitzer would add three goals over the next 12 minutes. Voja Maric netted his fifth goal of the season in the 50th minute off of a JK Gopakumar pass while Felipe Galvis and Paul Picciano would provide the other two Sagehen goals in the 57th and 58th minutes to round out the scoring.
Ferrer's two assists on the evening move the Houston-native into sole possession of first place in the SCIAC with now seven total in his stellar freshman campaign. Peter Rentzepis has also made waves on the conference leaderboard, as the sophomore's six goals in SCIAC action are good enough for fifth place. Sophomore Goalkeeper Ben Mitchell remained in second place among league goalies in saves, currently tallying 75 on the season.
The Sagehens will return to Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Field on Saturday to take on the UC-Santa Cruz Banana Slugs in a 1pm non-conference match. Live coverage of the match can be found on the Pomona-Pitzer Athletics Website.