The Sagehen Report for September 17
A theme to this week’s Sagehen Report is bouncing back, as several teams suffered tough losses, regrouped, and ended the week with big wins to get their seasons pointed back in the right direction.
This was most evident on the soccer pitch, as both the Pomona-Pitzer Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams had rough outings against Sixth Street rivals Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Wednesday, but won in impressive fashion against Chapman on Saturday.
Men’s Soccer began the week with a big 1-0 road win over Cal Lutheran on Monday, as Guy Thyer ’16 scored midway through the first half, and the Sagehen defense, led by five saves from Rollie Thayer ’13, held tough the rest of the way. After a quick turnaround, Pomona-Pitzer was back on its home field on Wednesday to face CMS, and suffered through a "Murphy's Law" type of day. The Stags were awarded two penalty kicks, one of which was saved by Thayer, only the ball bounced right back to the CMS player who took the penalty kick and he finished his second chance. An own goal and a missed penalty kick from Pomona-Pitzer in the second half compounded the rough day, which ended in a 6-1 defeat.
There was no time to brood over the loss, though, as a very tough Chapman team came to Claremont on Saturday, fresh off a 5-0 defeat of Whittier. Chapman defeated the Sagehens 2-0 last season in a non-league game, but this year, the Panthers are full SCIAC members and Pomona-Pitzer needed a win to avoid falling to 1-2 in conference play. The team responded with its most complete effort of the season, outshooting Chapman 14-4 and using two late goals from Danny Nasry '13 and Nathan Shekita '15 to capture a 2-0 win. The Sagehens dominated play so thoroughly that Nigel Brady ’15, filling in for an injured Thayer, did not have to make a save to record the shutout. Pomona-Pitzer plays its final non-league game of the year on Tuesday at home against UC Santa Cruz, before traveling to Whittier on Saturday.
The Women's Soccer team suffered an equally tough loss to CMS on Wednesday, although for a different reason. The Sagehens and Athenas played to a 0-0 tie through 90 minutes, and were nearly ready for a second overtime, when an unlucky bounce resulted in an own goal with two minutes left in the first extra session, giving CMS the 1-0 win in the SCIAC opener.
Pomona-Pitzer had to turn around and travel to Chapman, knowing that it has a home game with defending SCIAC champion Cal Lutheran looming on Wednesday, and a loss to the Panthers could potentially put the Sagehens in a deep hole that would be difficult to escape. Allie Tao ’14 provided the difference in a 2-1 win as she won a one-on-one battle with a Chapman defender in the corner, and broke into the box alone for the winning goal in the 58th minute. Ying Fry PI ’16 also had her first collegiate goal for Pomona-Pitzer in the first half. After facing Cal Lutheran this week, Pomona-Pitzer will host another home game on Saturday against Whittier at 11 a.m.
The Volleyball team also had to bounce back from a tough loss to start the SCIAC season as it fell 3-1 on the road at La Verne. Pomona-Pitzer held a 21-19 lead in the fourth game looking to even the match at 2-2, but La Verne scored the final six points to come away with the win. The Sagehens responded with a solid win at Caltech on Saturday, easily winning the first two games 25-10 and 25-12, before using a late 6-0 run of their own for a 25-22 win in the third game. Michelle Schultz '16 and Samantha Cahill 15 each had 11 kills to lead the way. Pomona-Pitzer hosts two key SCIAC matches this week against Whittier on Tuesday and Cal Lutheran on Friday, both at 7:30 p.m.
Men's Water Polo continued its daunting schedule this week at the NorCal Tournament at Stanford, beginning with its second match against No. 1 USC already this season. The Sagehens ended up 0-4 on the weekend, but gave No. 14 Santa Clara a strong battle before falling 10-8. Pomona-Pitzer is 0-10 on the year, but the record is very deceptive as all 10 opponents have been ranked in the top 20, including six in the top 10. The four matches played against teams ranked between 11-20 have been decided by a combined eight games. Dylan O'Connell '14, Ryan Higgins '14 and Cody Moore '13 each had two goals against Santa Clara, while Jason Cox PI '13 and Stephen Vint ’15 had three against Concordia, while Mark Hudnall ’13 chipped in with two. The Sagehens have an 11th straight match against a ranked team this weekend when they travel to face Loyola Marymount on Saturday.
Men's and Women’s Cross Country continued to build towards the bigger races in October with a strong showing at the UC Riverside Invitational. The Men’s Cross Country team, led by Ben Girodias ’15, came in ninth out of 19 teams (second among Division III teams). Girodias had the fourth-fastest time in Sagehen history at the UC Riverside Invitational (25:23.5), behind only Will Leer, Crosby Freeman and John Mering. The Women’s Cross Country team split its squad into two races, with Annie Lydens ’13 coming in fifth (out of over 200 runners) in the 5K, while Roxanne Cook PI ’13 was the highest Sagehen finisher in the 6K.
The Football team fell on the road to Lewis & Clark 31-13 despite playing most of the game without several key players, including running back Luke Sweeney ’13, who missed his second straight game with an injury. Yoshi Rothman ’13 came up with a huge day for the Sagehens with 14 catches for 163 yards and a touchdown. The 14 catches tied for the sixth-highest single-game total in program history. Travis Muraoka PI ’13 added his first collegiate touchdown, while Peter Ianelli ’15 threw his first two collegiate touchdown passes.
This Week's Schedule
(Home Events in Bold)
Tuesday, Sept. 18
Men’s Soccer (H) vs. UC Santa Cruz, 4 p.m.
Volleyball (H) vs. Whittier, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 19
Women’s Soccer (H) vs. Cal Lutheran, 4 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 21
Volleyball (H) vs. Cal Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22
Women’s Soccer (H) vs. Whittier, 11 a.m.
Men’s Water Polo at Loyola Marymount, 1 p.m.
Volleyball at Chapman, 7 p.m.
Men’s Soccer at Whittier, 7 p.m.