Men's Soccer Pulls Away For 4-1 Win Over Caltech

Men's Soccer Pulls Away For 4-1 Win Over Caltech

Pasadena, Calif. – Sophomore forward Harris Levin (Sacramento, Calif.) and freshman forward Nate Shekita (San Jose, Calif. - pictured, photo by Bryan Matsumoto) each had a goal and an assist as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team picked up its third straight conference win with a 4-1 victory over Caltech on Saturday afternoon.

The Sagehens move to 4-3 overall on the season and 3-1 in the SCIAC with the win, an impressive turnaround since dropping a 6-0 decision in their first conference game at Redlands on Sept. 14. Caltech slips to 1-5 with the loss.

Levin helped Pomona-Pitzer get control of the game back after the Beavers had tied the score up early in the second half on a corner kick. Levin set up the tie-breaking goal when he found freshman forward Lawrence McDonald (Oakland, Calif.) alone in the box from 10 yards out. McDonald then sent a blast into the net at the 57:45 mark, putting the Sagehens back in front just over five minutes after the Beavers had pulled even.

It was the second straight game in which McDonald has scored, after also picking up a second-half goal in a 2-0 win at CMS on Wednesday.

Levin then tacked on an insurance goal of his own at the 66:37 mark to stretch the lead to 3-1 and give the Sagehens some breathing room in the closing minutes. Pomona-Pitzer held a 21-3 edge in shots for the day and a 14-3 edge in corner kicks.

Freshman forward Avery Raimondo (Quogue, N.Y.) got Pomona-Pitzer started with his first collegiate goal with 6:19 left in the opening half, getting to a feed from Shekita five yards from goal and slotting it home. Mitchel Arene, though, headed in a corner kick seven minutes into the second half to even the score before the Sagehens struck back. Shekita also capped off the scoring with 1;26 left in regulation when he scored his second goal of the game and third of the season.

Junior goalie Rollie Thayer (Shorewood, Minn.) had two saves to get the victory in net for Pomona-Pitzer. Wesley Swank had five of his seven saves in the first half for Caltech to keep the Beavers in the contest for a while.

The Sagehens will be back in action tomorrow, when they take a break from SCIAC play with a home game against Hendrix. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.