Rentzepis Golden Goal Gives Sagehens Win Over Cal Lutheran

Rentzepis Golden Goal Gives Sagehens Win Over Cal Lutheran

Claremont, Calif. - Sophomore Peter Rentzepis scored on an 18-yard shot on a loose ball off a corner kick to give the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team a 3-2 win over Cal Lutheran on Saturday afternoon at Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Stadium. 

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 2-4-1 on the season and level their SCIAC record at 2-2. Cal Lutheran falls to 1-4-1 and 1-3 in the SCIAC with the loss. 

Pomona-Pitzer went to overtime up a man after a late red card to Cal Lutheran's Adrian Olais with two minutes left in regulation. The Sagehens earned a corner kick 3:30 into the extra session, and Cal Lutheran cleared the ball outside the box. The ball took a deflection and found its way to the feet of Rentzepis, who calmly buried a shot into the upper-right corner from 18 yards out to give Pomona-Pitzer the dramatic win. 

Cal Lutheran struck first on a Brandon Kearney goal on a rebound after a save from sophomore goalie Ben Mitchell at the 14:25 mark. The Sagehens pulled even when freshman Max DeWit scored the first of his two goals with 6:50 left in the half, chipping the goalie after a long ball from junior midfielder Jk Gopakumar.

DeWit would add a second goal just 6:45 into the second half when he converted in front off a cross from freshman midfielder Aidan Ferrer, that snuck through the fingertips of the Cal Lutheran goalie to the far side. Just 2:02 later, though, Cal Lutheran would pull back even as Kearney played the ball back to Pedro Zaccarelli, who blasted in a one-timer from 20 yards to make the score 2-2, where it stayed until the overtime game-winner.

"It wasn't an artistic masterpiece, but it was a win we really needed," said Bill Swartz. "We didn't manage the game well giving the goal right back after we fought to take the lead. But we just needed to find a way to get the three points, and Peter came through with a great finish at a time when we needed someone to step up. That could be one of those moments that turns our season back in the right direction."

Pomona-Pitzer will try to keep its momentum going when it hosts Chapman on Monday for a 4 p.m. contest.