ALISO VIEJO, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer Team came away with a hard-fought 3-2 road victory against Soka University of America on Wednesday night. Eamon Stein was the hero of the evening after scoring a brace while freshman Jorge Guillen-Lopez scored his first goal of his collegiate career.
Season Impact: The Sagehens earned their first win of the season and improved to a 1-3 record overall this season.
The Lions out-shot the Sagehens 23 to 11, but goalkeeper Bryan Diangson did an excellent job to keep the Sagehens in the game with 11 saves. Soka tried to control the tempo of the game by dominating possession, but Diangson and the defense did their best to snuff out the threats and create opportunities on the counter.
The Sagehens scored first in the 18th minute on the counter when Zach Friedman delivered a deep pass from 20 yards out and found Stein in the box. Stein got one touch on the ball and ripped a shot into the low back post to give the Sagehens a 1-0 lead. Then two minutes later, Stein caught the opposing defense sleeping as he managed to find space in the box for an open shot to make it 2-0. The Lions turned up the pressure and looked to cut the lead in half, sending more players to the Sagehens' side of the field to find a goal. Diangson made an incredible save in the 22nd minute when the Lions managed to get a shot off in the box, but the keeper made a diving stop at close range to keep the ball out of play. In the 37th minute, the Lions found their first goal, courtesy of Gerardo De La Torre.
The second half started off quietly, with neither side threatening. However, in the 69th minute, Guillen-Lopez finally tallied his first career goal when he received a pass in the box and fired a shot that deflected off a defender and past the keeper, making it 3-1. The Lions woke from their slumber and continued to press to find two goals while the Sagehens' defense tried to hold them off. In the 80th minute, Soka came within one off a difficult attempt when De La Torre found Chase Buchert with a cross and Buchert finished off a bicycle kick. The Lions continued to press, but Diangson and the defense managed to protect the lead until the final whistle.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host Whitworth on Saturday, September 14 at 4:00 p.m