Men's Soccer: Sagehen Soccer Ready For 2017

Men's Soccer: Sagehen Soccer Ready For 2017

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team gets ready to kick off 2017 with their home opener against Willamette on Friday night at the South Athletics Complex.

After missing the SCIAC Tournament last season by one game, the Sagehens look to climb back to the top of the board in 2017. This year's squad comes in with 14 new faces with 12 freshmen and two incoming upperclassmen to make up the majority of the 27-man roster.

The Sagehens look to their four seniors for leadership this season in Peter Rentzepis, Ben Mitchell, Jacob Merkle and Ethan Flor.

Rentzepis returns as the only senior forward for the Sagehens this season and put up 14 points last season on four goals and six assists. Merkle and Flor will roam between the midfield and defense this season as both of them were important players off of the bench last season who each tallied two points on two assists. Mitchell leads the Sagehens in goal this season after a stellar junior season. He racked up five wins to go along with 81 saves and a 1.61 goals against average.

The Sagehens bring back four returning juniors in Evan Bograd, Max DeWit, Aidan Ferrer and Bjorn Sigurdsson.

Sigurdsson returns as a starter for the Sagehens after he appeared in 18 games a season ago, making 15 starts and had five points on one goal and three assists. Ferrer returns as a forward as he started roughly half of the games last year for Pomona-Pitzer but appeared in 12 games to tally five points with two goals and one assist. DeWit was an important piece off of the bench last season as he saw time in 17 games with four starts and tallied one goal and one assist in 2016. Bograd will see time in the midfield this season after appearing in seven games last year making five starts.

Pomona-Pitzer has a young but experienced group of sophomores this season in returners Spencer Burget, Daven Crossland, Shanti Dubey, Julian Hirsh and Dillon Jacob.

Burget and Dubey return as solid defenders for the Sagehens this season after Burget started 16 games last season on the back line and Dubey started 14. Hirsh will also see big minutes this season as a defender as he saw time in 13 games last season with four starts.

Crossland and Jacob were both key additions off the bench last season as Crossland saw time in the midfield in 15 games in 2016 and scored a goal and had an assists. Jacob spent most of him time as a forward last season as he appeared in seven games making three starts.

The Sagehens expect big things out of their newcomers this season as many of them will need to step up early on in the season. The Sagehens bring in new forwards in Blaise Werner and Daniel Tamkin, five midfielders in Alfred Molina, Brian Sibanda, Eamon Stein, Sean McPherson and Taylor Reifert, and six defenders in Jack Arnold, Clay Hamilton, Peter Heckendorn, Ray Hill-Cristal, Slate Rostal and William Schick. The Sagehens also bring in freshman goalkeeper Bryan Diangson.

The Sagehens open up their season under the lights as they host Willamette at the South Athletics Complex at 7:30 p.m.