CLAREMONT, Calif. – Peter Rentzepis gave the Sagehens the opening lead, but the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team couldn't hold on, falling to the Chapman Panthers 3-1 Saturday afternoon.
Season Impact: The Sagehens currently sit in fourth place in the SCIAC, leading Claremont-Mudd-Scripps by one point. Pomona-PItzer will need the Whittier College Poets to upset the Stags tonight at 7 p.m. in order to advance to the SCIAC Postseason Tournament. The Stags own all tiebreaker scenarios against the Sagehens.
Pomona-Pitzer's record moves to 9-7-2 overall and 8-6-2 in SCIAC play.
Chapman improves to 13-4-2 overall, and 10-4-2 in the SCIAC.
Rentzepis gave the Sagehens the early lead, gathering a pass from Ethan Flor and then finding the back of the net 17 minutes into the game. The goal marked the third of the year for Rentzepis, and Flor's second assist.
The Panthers evened the game at 1-1 in the 37th minute on a goal by Noah Ferrel, taking a tie into the break.
Second half goals by Chapman's Elliot Braund, and Connor Tobia moved the final to 3-1.
Rentzepis almost had another goal early in the game, sending a shot from the left side of the box, only for the Panthers' keeper to make a diving save.
Senior Day: The Sagehens celebrated seniors Voja Maric, Jk Gopakumar, Kian Bagheri, Chase Abelson, and Felipe Galvis in a pregame ceremony. Maric currently ranks second in the SCIAC with 12 goals on the season and second with 25 points.