WHITTIER, Calif. – Freshman Andy Parks had a two-goal night including a game winner in overtime as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Whittier 3-2 on Saturday night.
Parks scored his first two goals of the season to help Pomona-Pitzer complete the comeback over Whittier and take their first SCIAC victory of the season.
The Poets started out the game on top as they scored the first goal of the game in the 14th minute as Jacob Conlon found the back of the net off of an assist from Matteo Loi to take a 1-0 lead over the Sagehens.
Pomona-Pitzer went into the locker room with a 1-0 deficit but the Poets tacked on their second goal of the game just under two minutes into the second half as James Suri scored off of a corner kick by Matteo Loi to extend the Poets lead to 2-0.
Being faced with a 2-0 hole, the Sagehens battled back in the second half and gained back some ground against Whittier as Parks found the back of the net in the 68th minute to cut the Poets' lead down to one goal.
After getting back some confidence and gaining some momentum, the Sagehens found an equalizer goal in the 84th minute off of the foot of senior Chase Abelson for his first goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2.
The Sagehen defense picked up their pace in the second half and stopped the Poets from capitalizing on any more scoring opportunities and forced the game into overtime.
After a save from the Whittier goal keeper off of a shot from junior Peter Rentzepis, freshman Connor Ford took a corner that found Parks for the golden goal in overtime and completed the Sagehens' comeback over Whittier.
"We are very happy that we showed character and fight, especially in the second half", said Head Coach Bill Swartz. "As the game wore on , I felt that we grew as individuals and as a team. We'll get our rest tomorrow and Monday we will prepare for next week's games."
The Sagehens will next host Caltech on Wednesday, September 14th at 4:00 p.m.