CLAREMONT, CA: The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team continued to live up to its newfound nickname of the Cardiac Kids, as their third consecutive overtime match in SCIAC play ended in a 0-0 draw after two overtimes at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
An electric crowd was on hand to watch a thriller of a soccer game that saw sparks fly both on the pitch as well as in the stands between the CMS and Pomona-Pitzer contingents. The Stags (2-3-3, 2-2-2 SCIAC) outshot the Sagehens (3-4-2, 3-2-1) 29-12 but nine saves by Sophomore Goalkeeper Ben Mitchell (pictured) as well as solid defensive games from Junior Chase Abelson and Senior Captain Mark Raftery helped Pomona escape Pritzlaff Field with one point.
"To get a draw here after 110 minutes I think is a good result for us" said Head Coach Bill Swartz. "We've begun to internalize what we have to do defensively and we're starting to do it. Some of the younger players, the freshmen, are now starting to be more and more comfortable with the college guy and it's starting to show on the field."
The past eight days have seen the Hens survive three overtime SCIAC games, posting a 2-0-1 record over the stretch. Tonight's game might have been their toughest test yet, as unfriendly confines and relentless CMS attacks in all four periods openly encouraged heart-palpitations for the fans in attendance. While Mitchell earned his second shutout of the week with a gutsy performance in goal, Junior Voja Maric and Freshman Aidan Ferrer posted solid games on the offensive end totaling 2 of Pomona's five shots on goal. The Sagehens had a great opportunity in the 109th minute with Paul Picciano getting a quality look in the box off a deflection, but his shot sailed high and represented the last scoring opportunity for either team in the match.
"Claremont games can be pretty unpredictable as one team can dominate the entire match and end up with a draw just because people bring a lot of energy to it" added Bill Swartz. "I really appreciated the crowd tonight."
The Sagehens will continue their SCIAC slate on Monday against La Verne at 7:30 p.m. Video for the match will be provide by the La Verne Athletic Department and can be found here.