Sagehens Take Golden Boot with 3-1 Win over CMS

Sagehens Take Golden Boot with 3-1 Win over CMS

CLAREMONT, CA: Pomona-Pitzer used two first-half goals and a great defensive effort to race past Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3-1 on Wednesday and reclaim the Golden Boot for the first time since 2008.

While the first leg of the Golden Boot saw 110 minutes of scoreless action, the Sagehens (8-8-3, 8-6-1 SCIAC) would get on the board early and often in the second leg as Max DeWit (pictured) put in the rebound of a Voja Maric shot in the 28th minute while Aiden Ferrer netted a Max DeWit cross in the 33rd minute to race ahead 2-0. Peter Rentzepis gave the Hens more breathing room in the 59th minute, finishing an Aiden Ferrer cross for his team-leading seventh goal of the season. Although CMS (6-7-4, 6-6-3 SCIAC) would get on the board in the 80th minute on a Mehron Abdi goal, the Pomona-Pitzer defense held strong in the final ten minutes to give the Sagehens their first outright Golden Boot since the 2008 season.

The Sagehens controlled the match wire-to-wire, outshooting the Stags 17-10 as well as 9-3 on shots on goal. Pomona-Pitzer also picked up strong defensive performances from Mark Raftrey, Chase Abelson and Paul Picciano while Ben Mitchell made two saves to tally his eighth win in goal for the season. With one match remaining, the Sagehens have a four-way tie for the lead in points, as Rentzepis, Ferrer, Maric, and DeWit all currently sit at 16. Ferrer also remains in sole possession of 1st place for assists in the SCIAC with eight on the season while Rentzepis' team-leading seven goals put him in 5th place among all SCIAC players.

"I thought this was a very strong effort from our players today" said head coach Bill Swartz. "Any time we can close out our last home match with a win over CMS is a great thing and we're happy to finally have the Golden Boot back on our side."

Due to other SCIAC results from earlier this week, the Sagehens will be unable to catch 4th place Occidental and as such have been mathematically eliminated from the SCIAC Postseason Tournament. Pomona-Pitzer will in turn close out their season on Saturday with a 7pm match at Chapman. Live coverage for the match can be found on the Pomona-Pitzer Athletics website.