CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team fell to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Whittier 2-1 on Saturday morning at the Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Field.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens fall to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in SCIAC play.
Sophomore Bryan Diangson got the start in goal and played the entire first half with one save on one shot on goal. Freshman Jonathan Rushton played the second half of the game and received the loss with one save and two goals allowed.
All three of the goals came in the second half but both teams had chances to hit the back of the net in the first 45 minutes of play. Pomona-Pitzer had two opportunities in which the Whittier defense turned the ball over deep in their defensive zone but the Sagehens were unable to capitalize as the teams went into halftime tied at 0-0.
Whittier opened up the scoring in the 63rd minute after a turnover by the Sagehens led to a two-on-one chance for the Poets as Matteo Loi scored off of a pass from RayRay Roberson to take a 1-0 lead.
The Sagehens came back to tie the game in the 71st minute as Ferrer broke lose behind the Poets' defense and set up Sigurdsson for a tap-in goal to tie the game at 1-1.
The Poets came back for the game-winning goal in the 87th minute as Jacob Conlon got the ball down the left side of the field and snuck in a shot under the Sagehens' keeper to put the Poets ahead 2-1 late in the game.
Pomona-Pitzer had one final chance on a free kick that was played into the box but the Poets were able to clear the ball and hang on to the 2-1 win.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host SCIAC opponent Redlands on Wednesday, September 26th at 4:00 p.m.