Men's Soccer: Maric Leads Sagehens to Overtime Win

Men's Soccer: Maric Leads Sagehens to Overtime Win

Claremont, Calif. – Voja Maric found the back of the net in overtime, and the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team scored a 2-1 win over the Occidental College Tigers Saturday afternoon.

Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in SCIAC play. Pomona-Pitzer has already played in three overtime games this season.

Occidental drops to 3-5-1 overall and 2-4 in SCIAC play.

After the Tigers committed a foul three minutes into overtime, Shanti Dubey took the free kick from the Sagehens' own end of the field and found Maric near the top of the box who chipped the ball over the head of the Tigers' keeper for the win.

"Voja has been a standout out for us," said head coach Bill Swartz. "He has the ability to change the game. When he gets a chance like that he's usually very good at it."

Maric is currently tied for first in the SCIAC with five goals scored.

The Sagehens' backline had their work cut out for them in the second half, fending off the Tigers' attack for most of the period.

"Defensively they really worked hard. They're young, but they're enthusiastic and tough, " said Swartz. "When you're under the gun like that it's difficult but it's what we want to do, it's how we want to defend. When we do that we have a chance to win games and that's the most important thing."

Ben Mitchell was solid in front of the net for the Sagehens totaling seven saves in the game, including three in the final eight minutes of regulation to keep the game even. Mitchell is ranked second in the conference with 35 saves.

Pomona-Pitzer struck first when Peter Rentzepis fed the ball to Jk Gopakumar who split two defenders, and lobbed a shot over the keeper's head from the top of the box, giving the Sagehens the opening 1-0 lead just over four minutes into the game.

Forward Tod Kawada evened the score in the 60th minute driving into the box and scoring on the left side of the net. 

Up Next: The Sagehens are back in action next Wednesday when they host the Cal Lutheran Kingsmen in a 4 p.m. match.