Men's Soccer Earns Second Seed, Will Host SCIAC Semifinal

Men's Soccer Earns Second Seed, Will Host SCIAC Semifinal

Whittier, Calif. - Senior Nathan Shekita (pictured) scored a pair of second half goals as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team clinched the second seed in the 2014 SCIAC Postseason Tournament with a 3-2 win over Whittier on Saturday evening. 

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 12-5-2 overall and 10-4-2 in the SCIAC, earning the second seed just behind Redlands in the conference tournament.

Pomona-Pitzer got off to quick starts in both halves with goals in the third minute. Freshman Voja Maric scored just 2:26 into the game to give the Sagehens a 1-0 lead, which nearly held until the break before Whittier tied it on a Dylan Fortin goal with 2:24 left in the opening half. 

Shekita then struck just 2:14 into the second half to give Pomona-Pitzer the lead for good, before adding an insurance goal off a cross from sophomore Felipe Galvis at the 62:26 mark for a 3-1 lead. Whittier responded just 2:46 later on a James Suri goal to close the lead to 3-2, but the Poets were unable to find an equalizer as senior goalie Nigel Brady saved the only shot on target from Alex Mitchell to preserve the lead. 

Pomona-Pitzer will host third-seeded Chapman in the SCIAC semifinals on Thursday at 2:30, while Redlands will host Occidental in the other semifinal. The Sagehens won the first meeting at Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Stadium 1-0 on Sept. 29 on a goal from Voja Maric, while the two teams played to a 2-2 tie in Chapman on Oct. 20 as senior midfielder Drew Lind scored twice for the Sagehens. 

The two semifinal winners will face each other in the championship game on Saturday at the sight of the highest remaining seed for the right to represent the SCIAC in the NCAA Tournament.