Whitman Holds Off Pomona-Pitzer In Sagehen Season Opener

Whitman Holds Off Pomona-Pitzer In Sagehen Season Opener

Claremont, Calif. - Junior transfer Drew Lind (San Juan Capistrano, Calif. - pictured) scored in his first game in a Pomona-Pitzer uniform, but Whitman was able to hold on to its lead and capture a 2-1 win over the Sagehens on Sunday afternoon.

Whitman improves to 2-1 on the year with wins over Redlands and Pomona-Pitzer and an overtime loss to CMS on its California trip. Pomona-Pitzer starts out the year 0-1.

Lind's goal came off a Pomona-Pitzer direct kick with just over 10 minutes to play to cut the lead to 2-1. Sophomore defender Mark Raftrey (Palo Alto, Calif.) took the kick from outside the left side of the box, and senior defender Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) got on the back end near the far post and re-directed the ball towards goal. Lind, who played at Boston University before transferring to Pitzer College this fall, crashed down the middle and was able to place the ball home from inside the goalmouth.

The Sagehens had two good chances to tie late, as senior forward Danny Nasry (Portland, Ore.) took a free kick from outside the right side of the box that he sent through the Whitman wall, but goalkeeper Michael Bathurst was able to lunge to his left for the save. With just under two minutes to play sophomore midfielder Arash Mahboubi (La Canada, Calif.) got to a clearance just outside the penalty area and sent a hard shot just over the crossbar, and Whitman was able to hold on from there.

The Missionaries struck late in the first half for the first goal of the contest, as Logan Grime got to a deflection just inside the left edge of the penalty area and sent a rocket into the upper-right corner. The lead was extended to 2-0 with 25 minutes to play when Junpei Tsuji broke into the left side of the penalty area and was taken down by a Pomona-Pitzer defender for a penalty kick. He took his own penalty, and sent a low shot into the net to stretch the lead to 2-0.

Pomona-Pitzer held a 16-8 edge in shots and an 8-0 edge in penalty kicks, but fell on the short end of the 2-1 score. Bathurst had six saves, including two key ones from 12 yards and in off the foot of sophomore forward Nathan Shekita (San Jose, Calif.) in the second half.   

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Wednesday for a 5 p.m. game against Cal State San Marcos, before opening SCIAC play next week.