Late Deflection Gives Sagehens Key Road Win Over La Verne

Late Deflection Gives Sagehens Key Road Win Over La Verne

La Verne, Calif. - Sophomore forward Lawrence McDonald (Oakland, Calif.) had his cross from the right side deflect in with 7:00 left in regulation to give the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team a 1-0 win over La Verne on Wednesday evening.

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 6-4-1 overall and 5-2-1 in the SCIAC at the midway point of conference play, remaining a half-game behind first place Claremont-Mudd Scripps. La Verne slips to 5-6-1 overall and 3-5 in the SCIAC.

The game-winning goal was set up on a counter when sophomore midfielder Arash Mahboubi (La Canada, Calif.) dribbled past a pair of defenders in the midfield area. He played the ball wide to McDonald, who was unmarked along the right sideline. McDonald then cracked a bullet of a cross into the middle of the six-yard box and it got through to the far post with freshman forward Guy Thyer (Seattle, Wash.) in position to knock it home. A La Verne defender tried to scramble back and clear it out of danger, but could only deflect it inside the far post for a goal.
 
The good break on the deflection offset some bad luck for the Sagehens earlier in the half, as they hit the crossbar twice and just missed on two other occasions. Senior midfielder Robbie Hull (Salt Lake City, Utah) headed a long throw-in from senior defender Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) off the crossbar 15 minutes into the second half, and senior forward Danny Nasry (Portland, Ore.) hit the cross bar with a free kick with just over 14 minutes left to play.

Pomona-Pitzer also had to play for the final 17 minutes of the first half with Thyer in goal, after senior goalkeeper Rollie Thayer (Shorewood, Minn.) had to leave with an injury. Thyer moved back from forward into the goal and handled himself well, punching away a dangerous free kick in the final minute of the opening stanza. Thayer then returned in the second half and had one save, as well as a key play when he had to come off his line to get to a through ball at the top of the 18-yard box just ahead of an attacking Leopard.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Saturday, when it travels across the street to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for a battle of the top two teams in the SCIAC. The Stags won the first meeting 6-1 back on Sept. 12.