Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team hosts Redlands at 3:45 p.m. this afternoon in a match with heavy SCIAC title implications.
The match was originally scheduled for 4 p.m., but was moved up 15 minutes due to darkness concerns in case of overtime.
Redlands comes into the afternoon in first place in the SCIAC at 10-5, but has played an extra match compared to second-place Pomona-Pitzer (9-3-2), third-place Occidental (9-4-1) and fourth-place Chapman (8-4-2). The Bulldogs are playing their SCIAC finale today, while the other three teams all play again on Saturday.
Pomona-Pitzer is the only team that controls its own destiny for the league title. If the Sagehens defeat Redlands and then win at Whittier on Saturday, they will finish at 11-3-2 with 34 points, a total no other team can reach. Redlands, meanwhile, can eliminate Pomona-Pitzer with a win today, and then would need Occidental to lose or tie one of its remaining games (including a big one at Chapman today).
Should Pomona-Pitzer and Redlands tie, the Sagehens could still pass the Bulldogs with a win over Whittier on Saturday, but it would need Occidental to lose or tie one of its remaining games (vs. Chapman and La Verne). Chapman also has an outside chance at the title with two wins, but would need the Sagehens and Bulldogs to tie and then have Pomona-Pitzer lose or tie at Whittier.
Redlands defeated Pomona-Pitzer in the first meeting 2-1 at Redlands back on Sept. 27. The Sagehens took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Voja Maric, but Pat Roraff tied it for the Bulldogs with 20 minutes to go off a feed from Chase Boone, and then the two players combined the other way around in overtime with Roraff feeding Boone for the game-winner.
Charles Izydorek (13 goals) has been on fire for Redlands of late, coming into the contest with a seven-game goal scoring streak, including two goals in wins over CMS and Cal Lutheran. He scored two second half goals 3:22 apart in a 2-1 win over Cal Lutheran on Monday, which clinched a bid to the postseason for the Bulldogs.
The Sagehens have a more balanced attack, as sophomore Matthew Marvin leads with six goals, followed by Felipe Galvis and Peter Rentzepis with five and Maric with four. Pomona-Pitzer is coming off a 6-0 win over Caltech in which six different players scored, including seniors Drew Lind, Nathan Shekita and Avery Raimondo on their Senior Day.