CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 1-0 in the first leg of the Sixth Street Rivalry at Pritzlaff Field.
Season impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 4-3-2 overall and 3-2-2 in SCIAC play while the Stags now drop to 2-7 overall and 2-5 in SCIAC play. Also with that win, Pomona-Pitzer Head Coach Bill Swartz inches closer to the 400 win mark as he currently sits at 399 after the win over the Stags.
The difference in the game was the goal by junior Aidan Ferrer in the 16th minute as senior Peter Rentzepis headed on a ball to Ferrer just outside the edge of the box and a hard strike in by Ferrer caught the head of a CMS defender which deflected into the corner of the goal to put the Sagehens up 1-0.
Later on in the first half the Stags found themselves in a bit of trouble as the Sagehens played a long ball in near the box that the CMS goalkeeper came out to play. Daniel Cui found himself out too far and played the ball outside of the goalie box with his hands, which goes as a red card for an illegal hand ball to put the Stags down a man in the last minute of the first half.
CMS was able to make its way to halftime down only 1-0 but faced a tough uphill battle the rest of the way down to 10 men.
A physical battle between the Stags and Sagehens transpired in the second half, as you would expect from any Sixth Street Rivalry match, but with the Stags down a man, CMS had to turn up their physical play to keep the Sagehens lead only at one goal.
With a man advantage, the Sagehens had the upper hand in the second half as they kept the Stags away from goal as senior goalkeeper Ben Mitchell only had to worry about two shots on goal in the second half. CMS tried desperately to climb back into the game late and had a chance on a late free kick that was punched away from goal by Mitchell.
The game was virtually put out of reach after the Stags suffered their second red card of the night as Patrick Burke was shown a second yellow in the 89th minute to bring the Stags down to just 9 men.
The Sagehens were able to hold off the undermanned CMS squad in the second half and took match one of the Sixth Street Rivalry at CMS, 1-0.
"Winning at CMS is very difficult and we haven't won there since 2013 so it was a good win for us", said Swartz. "We now have to prepare for Whittier on Wednesday and next Saturday with Claremont at home. It will be a very difficult stretch of games for us. We need to take it one game at a time."
Up Next: The Sagehens will next return home to face off against Whittier College on Wednesday, October 4th at the Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Field at 4:00 p.m.