Early Second Half Strike Gives Sagehens 1-0 Win Over Chapman

Early Second Half Strike Gives Sagehens 1-0 Win Over Chapman

Claremont, Calif. - Voja Maric scored in the second minute of the second half to give the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team a 1-0 win over Chapman on Monday in a SCIAC contest. 

With the win, the Sagehens move alone into first place at 5-1-1 in the SCIAC (7-2-1 overall), although CMS is in second at 4-1-1 with a game in hand. Chapman, which would have passed Pomona-Pitzer with a win, slips to 4-4 overall and 4-3 in the SCIAC with the loss.

The Sagehens almost scored in the first minute of the second half, as sophomore Felipe Galvis turned the corner in the right side of the box and laid the ball of to senior Nathan Shekita, who just missed over the crossbar by six inches.

Less than a minute later, senior midfielder Drew Lind (pictured) set up the goal with a perfect long ball over the top of the Chapman defense. Maric was able to run onto it just inside the box, and after winning a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge with the last defender, was able to tuck the ball into the net from 10 yards out past Panthers goalie Nick Berardi in the 47th minute.

Maric almost had a second goal, but his first attempt was blocked and he was called for a hand ball, negating his finish on the rebound. Matthew Marvin almost made it 2-0 in the final 10 minutes, but his rocket from 15 yards out clanged off the inside of the near post and stayed out.

Chapman generated very few chances in the contest, but had their best one with three minutes to go on a long free kick, as Gabe Recht-Appel got on the back end and took a sharp header from eight yards out that went on target. Senior goalie Nigel Brady, though, slid over to cover the angle for the Sagehens and made one of his three saves on the day to earn the shutout.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Wednesday when it travels to Caltech for a 4 p.m. contest.