CLAREMONT, CA: Pomona-Pitzer found itself in familiar territory, taking UC-Santa Cruz to double-overtime for its seventh overtime match of the season before ending in a 2-2 draw with the Banana Slugs on Senior Day.
In a tale of two halves, it was the Sagehens (7-8-3, 7-6-1 SCIAC) who came out on fire offensively to start match, creating an abundance of quality chances that led to Andrew Capron's back to back goals in the 24th and 28 minutes. However, the second half was all Banana Slugs (4-6-4), who in a nearly mirror-image of the Sagehens created great scoring opportunities early that led to one player – Jacob Myers Norys – netting two goals only four minutes apart (61'& 65') to bring the match even at 2-2. With 90 minutes not enough to determine a victor, Pomona-Pitzer, led by Ben Mitchell's huge six save performance, were able to hold UC-Santa Cruz scoreless over the 20 minutes of extra time but didn't register a shot en route to the 2-2 final decision.
Andrew Capron (pictured) had a landmark performance on Senior Day, netting his first multi-goal game to lead the Pomona-Pitzer offense in its seventh overtime match of the season (3-1-3 overall record in those matches). Seniors Mark Raftrey and Paul Picciano anchored the back line for the Sagehens While Ben Mitchell's six saves helped him remain in a tie for 2nd place in the SCIAC in overall saves.
"There's a big difference between wanting to be inside of the bull ring and actually being inside of it" said head coach Bill Swartz. "Our guys have got to do a much better job of executing whenever their number is called and playing a hungry brand of soccer. This week is going to be season defining and we need footballers who are willing to leave nothing on the pitch if we're going to perform at the level we need to in order to be a championship-quality club."
Pomona-Pitzer enters the final week of the regular season in 5th place in the SCIAC at 22 points, trailing 4th place Occidental by five (27). The Sagehens will close out their home schedule by taking on rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Wednesday at 4pm before heading down to Orange County on Saturday to square off against Chapman at 7pm. Live coverage for both events will be provided on the Pomona-Pitzer Athletics Website.