Thyer, Nasry Net Second Half Goals In 2-0 Win Over Occidental

Thyer, Nasry Net Second Half Goals In 2-0 Win Over Occidental

Claremont, Calif. - Freshman forward Guy Thyer (Seattle, Wash.) scored 1:22 into the second half and senior forward Danny Nasry (Portland, Ore.) added an insurance goal off a corner kick in the 77th minute to lead the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team to a 2-0 win over Occidental on Wednesday.

With the win, Pomona-Pitzer improves to 4-4-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the SCIAC, while picking up three key points in the conference standings. Occidental falls to 4-3 overall and 3-3 in the SCIAC with the loss.

After an evenly-played first half, the Sagehens struck quickly in the second stanza. Sophomore defender Mark Raftrey (Palo Alto, Calif.) came out of the back to make a long run up the left sideline and whipped a cross into the middle of the penalty area. Thyer one-timed a high shot from 15 yards out that Occidental goalie Tristan Cooper barely got his fingertips to, but not enough to keep the ball from sailing in under the crossbar for Thyer's team-high fourth goal of the year.

The Sagehens then extended their lead to 2-0 with 13:47 left to play in regulation off a corner kick. Sophomore midfielder Nathan Shekita (San Jose, Calif.) bent his corner kick to the top of the six-yard box, and senior midfielder Robbie Hull (Salt Lake City, Utah) won the ball in the air and played a header down into the goalmouth. Nasry was in the right position to clean up the deflection in front of the net and slot home his third goal of the year.

Nasry nearly added another as he played Shekita in behind the defense. Shekita had an open net from a tough angle, but hit the left post and the rebound came to Nasry, who faked a shot and got Cooper to go down to the ground, but his shot was cleared off the line by an Occidental defender before it crossed.

Sophomore goalie Nigel Brady (Sacramento, Calif.) only had to make one save to get the shutout, as the defense in front of him, led by senior co-captain Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif. - pictured), held the Tigers to eight shots overall (one on net). Pomona-Pitzer finished with a 14-8 edge in shots and a 9-0 edge in corner kicks on the day.

The Sagehens will be back in action on Saturday when they complete their three-game homestand against Caltech at 11 a.m.