WashU Takes 2-1 Decision From Sagehens

WashU Takes 2-1 Decision From Sagehens

Claremont, Calif. - Washington (Mo.) University scored twice in the first half and held on in the second to take a 2-1 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Friday afternoon in a non-league contest at Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Stadium. 

The loss drops the Sagehens to 1-4-1 on the season, while Washington University improves to 3-2-1. 

Pomona-Pitzer was playing its second of four home games in a six-day span, and the only one of the four against a non-league opponent. The Sagehens utilized every healthy player on the roster, twice using full line changes to replace everyone on the field except senior goalie Carson Witte.  

Freshman Max DeWit managed his second career goal for the Sagehens with 30:23 left to cut the lead to 2-1, scoring on a feed from junior midfielder Jk Gopakumar, who beat a defender to the end line and laid the ball across the front after a short corner kick.

Pomona-Pitzer's closest attempt at a tying goal came with one minute to play, when junior defender Kian Bagheri took a 25-yard free kick that bent towards the upper-right corner, but goalie Nick Tannenbaum was able to tip the ball over the bar.

Washington took a 2-0 lead in the first half, scoring its first goal off a corner kick that was finished by Nick Knight in front after Kevin Goon headed it back across from the far post at the 25:32 mark. The Bears pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 41st minute when Camilio Haller scored off a quick through ball from Nick Politan.

"I thought we played pretty well today," said Head Coach Bill Swartz. "It was a tough spot in our schedule with SCIAC games coming tomorrow and Monday, so that dictated a little bit of an unusual strategy with our substitutions and our minutes. But I was pleased with how some of our guys stepped up and kept us in the game the whole way through. They have a really good team and we didn't give in to them and stayed competitive to the end. We can build off this getting back into the SCIAC."

The Sagehens will be back in action tomorrow when they host Cal Lutheran at 4 p.m. and then turns back around in 48 hours to meet Chapman on Tuesday at 4 p.m. 

(pictured: Carson Witte makes one of his four first-half saves, stopping a Washington University breakaway)