Marvin's Goal Holds Up As Sagehens Edge Occidental

Marvin's Goal Holds Up As Sagehens Edge Occidental

Claremont, Calif. - Sophomore midfielder Matthew Marvin (pictured) scored in the opening minutes of the second half to break a 0-0 tie and the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team held on from there for a 1-0 win over Occidental on Saturday.

With the win, the Sagehens improve their record to 3-1-1 on the year, including 1-0-1 in the SCIAC after tying CMS on Wednesday. Occidental slips to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in league play.

The game was played in 100-degree heat in Claremont, and Occidental had the better of the first half play, but Pomona-Pitzer came out rejuvenated in the second half. After a couple of quality chances in the first minute, Marvin broke the tie when he broke between a pair of defenders, and got to a deflection at the top of the 18, before rifling a line drive into the net 4:14 into the second half.

The Sagehens had several chances to push the lead to 2-0, including a header from senior midfielder Drew Lind off a corner kick that rattled the left post and stayed out. Pomona-Pitzer seemed to have the win in hand, but Occidental made one final push up the field in the final 10 seconds. Senior goalie Nigel Brady came off his line and collided with an Occidental forward at the top of the 18, and then punched the loose ball away while lying on the ground as two Tigers players were looking to shoot on the empty net.  

Twice, the Sagehen defense cleared Occidental shots off the line, as freshman Jake Merkle denied Connor Freeman a goal in the 17th minute after he had dribbled past Pomona-Pitzer goalie Nigel Brady and momentarily had an open net. Sophomore Chase Abelson then cleared a header from Benjamin Sartor on a free kick in the 26th minute.

Pomona-Pitzer also missed a chance in the first half after freshman Peter Rentzepis was fouled in the box. Abelson took the penalty kick, but got unlucky as his shot rattled off the crossbar and stayed out.

The Sagehens finished with a 20-14 edge in shots, including 15-8 in the second half. Brady had two saves to get the shutout, as well as the final punch away from danger in the last five seconds. Tristan Cooper had six saves for Occidental.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Wednesday for a road game at La Verne.