CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer Team took a hard-earned bounce-back victory on Wednesday evening, defeating the Occidental Tigers in a gritty contest 2-1. Zach Friedman and Henry Smith each scored their first goal of the season while Jorge Guillen-Lopez had this first assist.
Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 3-6-1 record overall and 2-3 in the SCIAC.
The first half was a quiet affair as neither side were able to find the extra pass in the final third of the field. The Sagehens did create a good opportunity in the third minute when Jorge Guillen-Lopez whipped a cross from the right wing. The ball found the leaping Dylan McCuskey whose header sailed just outside the left post.
After a tough first half, the Sagehens' offense came to life in the latter half. In the 51st minute, the Sagehens struck the first goal of the game. Jorge Guillen-Lopez raced down the left wing and delivered a cross towards the right post. Zach Friedman broke free from his defender and made a diving header for the opening goal. Unfortunately, the Tigers quickly tied it up a minute later, drawing a foul in the box for a penalty. Adrian Paredes of Occidental fired the ball into the left side of the net to score the equalizer.
Five minutes later, the Sagehens took back the lead. Graeme Logan whipped a corner kick from the left side as the ball sailed into the box. Both teams scrummed for the ball and it deflected towards the edge of the box. Henry Smith ran from the edge of the box and poached the ball, blasting a ball into the right side of the net before the keeper could even react. In the 80th minute, Joey Schwartz of Occidental received a pass on the counter and took a shot from the right center of the box, but Bryan Diangson made a diving save to preserve the lead. With 20 seconds remaining, the Tigers tried to create an opportunity from the left wing, but Sora Sato sealed the match after intercepting a pass and clearing the ball to the opposing half.
Up Next: The Sagehens will host Whittier College next Wednesday, October 9 at 4:00 p.m.