Sagehens Fall To San Marcos In Final Non-Conference Tune-Up

Sagehens Fall To San Marcos In Final Non-Conference Tune-Up

Claremont, Calif. - The CSU San Marcos Men's Soccer team scored two first-half goals and held on from there as it captured a 2-0 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Friday afternoon. 

The loss was the first of the season for the Sagehens, who fall to 2-1 in their final tune-up before starting SCIAC play. CSU San Marcos remains unbeaten with the win at 3-0. 

The first goal came as Angel Mora played a long ball through to Eric Lopez along the right side of the field in the 12th minute. Lopez outraced the Sagehen defense to the ball and tucked a shot inside the box past the dive of freshman goalie Ben Mitchell

Yuki Hata scored the second goal at the 21:51 mark when he got on the end of a Pomona-Pitzer clearance and put a line drive into the net from 25 yards out to make the score 2-0.

The Sagehens played better after falling behind and had a few chances to break onto the scoreboard. Sophomore Voja Maric (pictured) barely missed high late in the first half with a bending shot, and had another shot from the top of the box sail over the bar in the second half. Avery Raimondo had a good attempt from 15 yards after some quick passing inside the box but also missed high.

Cougars goalie Zach Sheppard had his best of his four saves in the second half, when he barely got his fingertips on a breakaway attempt from Felipe Galvis, as the ball trickled inches wide of the far post.  Mitchell had four first-half saves for the Sagehens, while Nigel Brady had three in the second half. Galvis also had a team save when he cleared a header off a corner kick from the goal line from his station at the near post. 

CSU San Marcos finished with a 23-10 edge in shots, taking many from long distance to test the Pomona-Pitzer goalkeepers.  

The Sagehens will host CMS in their SCIAC opener at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.