CLAREMONT, CA. – Saturday afternoon was a freshman showcase for the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer Team as the Sagehens picked up their first SCIAC win of the season, throttling the Chapman University Panthers at home 3-0. First years Graeme Logan and Jorge Guillen-Lopez found the back of the net while classmate Dylan McCuskey assisted on a goal by Daniel Tamkin. Goalkeeper Bryan Diangson preserved his first clean sheet of the season and made seven saves.
Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 2-4-1 record overall and are 1-1-0 in the SCIAC.
Both sides kept each other at bay in the beginning of the first half, but the Sagehens seized their first opportunity at goal in the 22nd minute after getting fouled outside the middle edge of the box. Graeme Logan placed a perfect free kick to the top right corner where the keeper couldn't reach to give the Sagehens the opening goal. The Sagehens' defense held the Panthers in check, as they couldn't find a clean shot in the box for the first half.
At the start of the second half, the Sagehens wasted little time to find the insurance goal. Countering off a turnover, Dylan McCuskey delivered a through ball into the right side of the box. The speedy Tamkin raced for the pass and ripped a shot into the low left side of the net to make it 2-0 in the 46th minute. In the 56th minute, Tobi Howe of Chapman University took a shot from the edge of the box, towards the low left corner of the net, but Diangson made a diving save to preserve the cleansheet. The Sagehens got their third goal in the 61st minute when Jorge Guillen-Lopez fired from outside the center of box. The shot deflected off a defender and lobbed over the keeper, making it 3-0. In the final 10 minutes, the Panthers applied more pressure on the offensive side of the field, but the Sagehens' defense were able to subdue their opponents until the final whistle.
Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to Thousand Oaks, California on Wednesday, September 25 to face Cal Lutheran University at 7:00 p.m.