CLAREMONT, CA. – The first round of the Sixth Street Rivalry did not end in the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer Team's favor as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags took a 2-0 victory. It was a testy defensive battle for the Sagehens as several defenders and goalkeeper Brian Diangson made some huge plays to keep the Hens in the game.
Season Impact: The loss puts the Sagehens with a 3-3-0 record overall and 2-1-0 in conference play. The Hens now hold a 4-3-3 record in their last 10 meetings with the Stags.
The Sagehens started off slightly unsettled in the opening 15 minutes as the Stags tried to frustrate them with constant defensive pressure at the top of the field. CMS tried to win the ball in the Hens' defensive half, but Pomona-Pitzer defenders managed to snuff out the threat at ease. However, in the 16th minute, William Birchard of CMS found space in the left wing and whipped a cross to the box. Stags' forward Cole Smith got his foot on the cross to score the opening goal.
The two teams battled to build some offensive momentum, but the score remained the same until the end of the half. At the 39th minute, Daniel Tamkin saw an opportunity to score after bringing the ball to the edge of the opposing box. He tried to launch a shot, but his attempt went high.
The Stags almost made it double in the start of the second half as Birchard ripped a curling free kick, but Bryan Diangson made an incredible diving save to keep the deficit to one goal.
The Sagehens' defense made another highlight play in the 55th minute when Evan Bograd managed to make a sliding stop on a cross into the Hens' box and cleared it out.
Diangson demonstrated his athletic prowess again in the 62nd minute when Cole Smith unleashed a laser at the goal, but Diangson leapt in the air and made an incredible stop.
In the 63rd minute, the Stags scored again as Henry Kraham of CMS scored off a deflection after a corner.
The Hens looked to cut the lead in half, but the score remained until the final whistle.
Up Next: The Sagehens will head over to Irvine to take on Division I UC Irvine on Friday, September 14. They will then travel to Thousand Oaks on Wednesday, September 19 to face Cal Lutheran.