Pomona-Pitzer Pulls Away For 4-1 Win Over CSU San Marcos

Pomona-Pitzer Pulls Away For 4-1 Win Over CSU San Marcos

Claremont, Calif. – Freshman Guy Thyer (Seattle, Wash. - pictured) had the game-winning goal early in the second half and added an assist to lead the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team to a 4-1 win over Cal State University San Marcos on Wednesday evening at Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Stadium.

With the win, the Sagehens level their record at 1-1 in their final non-conference tune-up before opening SCIAC play next week, while CSU San Marcos falls to 0-1-1.

Thyer scored his game winner just after CSU San Marcos had tied the score 1-1 just 5:17 into the second half. The play was set up when the Sagehens were awarded a corner kick, and sophomores Mark Raftrey (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Nathan Shekita (San Jose, Calif.) surprised the Cougars with a short corner. Shekita was able to bend a cross into the box, and Thyer found a hole in the scrambling defense and ripped a header inside the right post for his first collegiate goal at the 55:53 mark.

Thyer also had a hand in the first goal of the game, as senior midfielder Danny Nasry (Portland, Ore.) played him through in behind the defense. Thyer got to the ball at the top of the box, but his shot attempt was blocked by diving goalkeeper Landon Sherwood. The rebound, though, sat at the top of the 18-yard box for Nasry, who trailed the play and rifled home a shot to give the Sagehens a 1-0 lead just 4:45 into the contest.

The lead held until early in the second half, when the Cougars capitalized on a failed clearance by the Sagehen defense. Adrian Martinez got to the loose ball just outside the penalty area, and measured a perfectly-placed blast inside the right post, past the dive of Pomona-Pitzer goalkeeper Rollie Thayer (Sherwood, Minn.).

Thyer, though, had the quick naswer just 5:36 later to give the Sagehens back the 2-1 lead, and Pomona-Pitzer responded with two more insurance goals to seal the game. Sophomore forward Lawrence McDonald stretched the lead to 3-1 with 16:44 left when he one-touched a cross from junior forward Michael Ceragioli (Incline Village, Nev.) from 10 yards out.

Junior Drew Lind (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) then made it two goals in two games as a member of the Sagehens as he followed his own rebound after his first shot off a cross from junior midfielder Harris Levin (Sacramento, Calif.) hit the crossbar by heading the ball into the vacant net from three yards out. Lind, who transferred from Boston University this offseason, also had the lone Pomona-Pitzer goal in a 2-1 loss to Whitman in the season opener on Sunday.

Thayer finished with four saves in goal for the Sagehens to get the win in net, wihle Sherwood finished with two saves for the Cougars. Shots were even with each team testing the net 14 times.

Pomona-Pitzer opens SCIAC play on Monday at Cal Lutheran, before returning home to face CMS in a neighborhood rivalry game on Wednesday at 4 p.m.