Men's Soccer: Sagehens Beat No. 13 Redlands in Thriller

Men's Soccer: Sagehens Beat No. 13 Redlands in Thriller

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Peter Rentzepis gave the Sagehens the early lead, and the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team never gave it up, upsetting the No. 13 Redlands Bulldogs, 2-1 Monday evening.

Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to 8-5-2 overall and 7-4-2 in SCIAC play. Pomona-Pitzer currently moves up to third place in the conference with three regular season games remaining.

The Bulldogs fall to 13-2 overall and 11-2 in the SCIAC.

With the Sagehens leading 2-1 in the 64th minute, Spencer Burget was called for his second yellow card of the game, forcing Pomona-Pitzer to play a man down the rest of the way.

The Sagehens stepped up to the challenge, refusing to let the Bulldogs score the equalizer. Redlands poured in nine second half shots. Keeper Ben Mitchell grabbed three saves over the stretch.

A scary moment came with only 56 seconds remaining in the game. Pomona-Pitzer was called for a foul just outside the box, setting up Colin Zaccagnio with one final opportunity. Zaccagnio curved the ball around the wall and in the net. But he was called for a yellow card for taking the kick before the whistle. His second attempt missed high.

Pomona-Pitzer held on in the final seconds for the upset win. 

Voja Maric scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 23rd minute after a Bjorn Sigurdsson corner kick. Rentzepis gathered the loose ball and tapped it over to Maric who found the left side of the net for the 2-0 lead.

The goal puts Maric's season total to 10, placing him in a tie for second most in the SCIAC.

The Sagehens took the early lead just over 10 minutes into the game when Ethan Flor sent a one-touch pass from the left side of the box to Rentzepis who knocked his shot pass the keeper for the 1-0 advantage.

Next Game: The Sagehens travel to Thousand Oaks this Saturday to face the Kingsmen in a 7:30 p.m. game.