Nasry, Shekita Score Late Goals As Sagehens Defeat Chapman 2-0

Nasry, Shekita Score Late Goals As Sagehens Defeat Chapman 2-0

Claremont, Calif. - Senior forward Danny Nasry (Portland, Ore. - pictured) broke a 0-0 tie in the 71st minute and sophomore forward Nathan Shekita (San Jose, Calif.) added an insurance goal in the 82nd as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team defeated Chapman 2-0 on Saturday morning.

With the win, Pomona-Pitzer improves to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the SCIAC, bouncing back from a tough 6-1 defeat on Wednesday at home against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Chapman, which defeated Whittier 5-0 on Wednesday in its first SCIAC game, falls to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the SCIAC with the loss.

The game was scoreless until Nasry broke through on a terrific individual effort. Pomona-Pitzer played a long ball forward and Nasry had two defenders between him and the ball, shielding him as it bounced back towards goalkeeper Dean Meltz. Nasry fought past one defender and then, as the Panthers attempted to head the ball back to Meltz, Nasry slipped in between and flicked a ball over Meltz and into the empty net with 19:48 left to play.

The Sagehens then added an insurance goal, as Shekita got the ball along the right side, and found senior midfielder Robbie Hull (Salt Lake City, Utah) alone in the middle of the field. Hull took a couple dribbles to draw the defense, and then slotted a through ball back to Shekita, who broke into the box alone. Meltz came out to cut off his line, but Shekita was able to slip the ball past him and into the net to make the score 2-0 with 8:37 left to play.

From there, the Sagehens had no trouble holding on, as sophomore goalie Nigel Brady (Sacramento, Calif.) did not have to make a save to record the shutout. Chapman took four shots in the first half, all of which were off target, as the Sagehens controlled play for most of the contest. Pomona-Pitzer finished with a 14-4 edge in shots, including 7-0 in shots on net, while the only shot that the Panthers took in the final 70 minutes was a 40-yarder from Mauricio Alfonso hoping to catch Brady off his line.  

The Sagehens will be back in action on Tuesday for a non-league home game against UC Santa Cruz at 4 p.m.