Sagehens Fall At Second-Place Occidental

Sagehens Fall At Second-Place Occidental

Los Angeles, Calif. - Felipe Galvis (pictured) scored on a penalty kick to give the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team a 1-0 lead just 1:41 into the game, but it was all Occidental from there as the Tigers went on to take a 3-1 win on Wednesday evening. 

Despite the loss, the 22nd-ranked Sagehens remain alone in first in the SCIAC at 8-2-1 (10-3-1 overall), but the race has gotten much tighter, as Occidental improves to 8-4 (and Redlands improved to 7-4 earlier in the day). Pomona-Pitzer also still has tough road tests left this week at CMS on Saturday and at Chapman on Monday as part of its three-game road swing.

Galvis scored his fourth goal of the season in the second minute to stake the Sagehens to the early 1-0 lead, but Occidental scored twice in a quick span in the first half to seize the momentum. Connor Freeman tied the score in the 24th minute, and Zach Conrad put the Tigers ahead to stay in the 35th minute.

Senior goalie Nigel Brady came up big minutes later by saving a penalty kick, the second game in a row that he has made a save from the penalty spot. That kept the score 2-1 going into the second half, when the Sagehens had three corner kicks in the first five minutes, one of which came as a result of a Galvis shot that was saved by Theo Atkinson.

However, Occidental weathered the storm and got a late insurance goal to seal the win, with Valdair Martins-Lopes scoring off a Conrad pass in the 82nd minute.

Brady finished with four saves for the Sagehens, who were outshot 15-7. Atkinson had three saves for Occidental.

Pomona-Pitzer returns to action with a road game at CMS on Saturday night, beginning at 7 p.m.