Sagehens Play To 1-1 Tie With First-Place Redlands

Sagehens Play To 1-1 Tie With First-Place Redlands

Facebook Photo Gallery

Claremont, Calif. - Freshman forward Guy Thyer (Seattle, Wash.) tapped in a rebound after a blast from senior midfielder Danny Nasry (Portland, Ore.) was saved to give the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team a 1-1 tie with SCIAC-leading Redlands on Monday.

The tie moves Pomona-Pitzer's record to 3-3-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the SCIAC, while Redlands remains the only team unbeaten in league play at 3-0-2 and moves to 3-2-3 overall.

Redlands led 1-0 at the half, but the Sagehens found the equalizer just 7:20 into the second stanza. Nasry took advantage of a Redlands turnover in its defensive third, and beat a defender outside the right edge of the penalty area. He let loose a blast from 20 yards out that Redlands goalkeeper Andreas Silva stopped with a diving save to his right, but Thyer was the first to the rebound and tapped it into the empty net for his team-high third goal of the season.

The Sagehens nearly scored a go-ahead goal in the 76th minute as sophomore forward Lawrence McDonald (Oakland, Calif.) cut back past a defender inside the penalty area and had a clean look from 15 yards out, but Silva was able to parry the shot away and the Bulldogs were able to clean up the rebound.

Redlands had the better of the play in the first overtime, outshooting Pomona-Pitzer 4-0 and getting three corner kicks. Evan Keny-Guyer nearly won the game on a spectacular goal, as he cranked a 35-yard rocket that barely went over the crossbar.

The second overtime saw the Sagehens seize the momentum, with a 2-0 edge in shots, as sophomore forward Nathan Shekita (San Jose, Calif.) had a great chance of his own, getting to a bouncing ball at the top of the 18-yard box, and volleying a dipping shot that stayed high, clearing the crossbar by about two feet.

Redlands took a 1-0 lead 17 minutes into the game when Gabe Ramirez bent a 20-yard shot from outside the left edge of the box that curled straight into the upper-right corner, well out of the reach of sophomore goalkeeper Nigel Brady (Sacramento, Calif.).

Pomona-Pitzer finished the game with a narrow 14-11 edge in shots. Silva had four saves for the Bulldogs and Brady ended the day with one save for the Sagehens.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Wednesday for another home game against Occidental at 4 p.m.