Pomona-Pitzer men's soccer (6-6-2, 6-4-1 SCIAC) made sure the Whittier College (4-7-1, 4-6-1 SCIAC) crowd was disappointed when the two teams faced off on the Poets’ field on Saturday, Oct. 10.
“We dominated the first half like crazy,” forward Aidan Ferrer PO ’19 said.
And dominate they did—within the first two minutes of the game, forward Voja Maric PO ’17 stole a clearance from the Whittier goalkeeper and sent the ball into the net to deliver a message to the Poets: the Sagehens were ready to win today.
But like all games, not everything went smoothly. At halftime, the scoreboard read 1-1.
“We started letting off at the end of the first half and they scored to tie it up 1-1,” Ferrer said. “It was pretty frustrating.”
When the second half began, P-P decided not to let the Poets hang around.
“The ball came out of the back and forward Peter Rentzepis [PO ’18] played the ball between the outside back and the center back,” Ferrer said. “I ran onto it, the keeper came out, and I put it to the far post.”
Ferrer now has three goals so far in his first collegiate season. After the go-ahead score, the Sagehens held off the Poets for the rest of the half, earning themselves a 2-1 win.
Unfortunately, the team broke their winning streak with a loss to Occidental College (10-1-3, 7-1-3) on Monday, Oct. 12.
“The game was tough because we came out really strong and we scored in the first 40 seconds of the game,” Ferrer said. “After that we had chance after chance after chance, but we just weren’t putting it away.”
The Tigers came back with a goal in the 23rd minute, but while the Sagehens’ momentum faded, they didn’t stop fighting.
“Our goalkeeper came out and made a strategic foul,” Ferrer recalled. “We got lucky there and they didn’t score, but they did score right after that.”
Then the referee awarded a penalty kick to the Tigers which, according to Ferrer, was questionable, and Oxy scored again to give the Tigers the 3-1 victory.
“It was a tough loss,” Ferrer said. “It would have been nice to get a win there, but I’d say there’s a good chance we’ll see them in the playoffs, so hopefully we’ll get another crack at them.”
The Sagehens are currently locked in a three-way tie for third place in the SCIAC standings with Chapman University and the University of La Verne and have six games left in the regular season to secure their SCIAC playoff berth, which goes to the top four teams in the conference. The next matchup for P-P will be Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. against the University of Redlands (10-2-2, 8-2-1), the team that currently holds second place in the SCIAC standings.