CLAREMONT, CA. – Saturday evening did not end favorably for the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer Team as the Sagehens fell to UC Santa Cruz 2-1. In what has been a close match, the Sagehens managed to tie the match in the first half after being awarded the penalty. Despite their best attempts to find the game-winner, the Sagehens conceded late in the first half and the Banana Slugs did all they could to preserve their lead.
Season Impact: The Sagehens are now 3-9-2 overall.
After a fairly quiet start in the first half, the Banana Slugs found the first goal of the match in the 27th minute when a through ball into the box by Ethan Kingery led to a goal by Kailas Dhond. The Sagehens were able to find the equalizer after drawing a foul in the box. Clay Hamilton calmly slotted the shot into the bottom right of the net in the 29th minute to level the score. However, the deadlock was short-lived as UCSC took back the lead in the 34th minute off a goal by Jake Rhodes off a through-ball from Rory Monninger.
In the second half, the Sagehens almost found the game-tying goal when Dylan McCuskey found himself in a one-on-one against the goalkeeper. Unfortunately, Andrew Pimentel got out of his line quickly and snuffed out the danger as McCuskey fired at close range. It was the best opportunity from the Sagehens as they couldn't find a clean opportunity before the final whistle.
Up Next: The Sagehens will travel to Eagle Rock, CA to face Occidental College on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.