Oberlin Strikes In Final Seconds To Edge Sagehens

Oberlin Strikes In Final Seconds To Edge Sagehens

Claremont, Calif. - Sophomore forward Timothy Williams converted his own rebound after Pomona-Pitzer goalie Ben Mitchell (pictured) made the initial save with 11 seconds left in regulation to give the Oberlin Men's Soccer team a 1-0 win over the Sagehens on Sunday afternoon.  

The loss drops Pomona-Pitzer's record to 0-1-1 on the young season, while Oberlin improves to 2-1 with the win. 

Mitchell had seven saves on the day and came up big twice down the stretch, first saving a ball off the post with 6:54 remaining and then making the initial stop with under 15 seconds left after Mitchell got open on the back end of a crossing pass from Adam Chazin-Gray. The rebound bounced back in front, though, and Mitchell was able to follow his shot and slot home the game-winner with only 11 seconds remaining.

Pomona-Pitzer had the better of the play in the first half, outshooting Oberlin 9-2 and missing out on several quality chances. Junior forward Voja Maric was all over the offensive third for the Sagehens, but Oberlin goalie Koryn Kraemer was able to make three saves off of his shots. Maric finished the day with a game-high seven shot attempts. 

Sophomore forward Peter Rentzepis also nearly put Pomona-Pitzer in front late in the first half, but his bending shot from the top of the box missed the upper-left corner by inches. Junior midfielder Jk Gopakumar also got a clean look from the top of the 18, but missed high. 

The Sagehens finished with a 15-11 edge in shots, although the Yeomen had a 9-6 advantage in the second half after Pomona-Pitzer had the 9-2 edge in the first stanza. 

"We didn't get the result we wanted obviously," said Head Coach Bill Swartz. "But overall I was pleased with the progress we made. I thought we were a lot sharper than we were on Friday (a 2-2 tie with Colorado College) and we were able to control play for long stretches. We just didn't convert when we had opportunities, and this sport has a way of making you pay if you leave the door open." 

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Wednesday when it opens SCIAC play with a road game at Redlands at 7 p.m. That will be a rematch at the same site as last year's SCIAC Postseason Tournament Championship, which the Sagehens won 1-0 to advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament.