Photo by Bob Palermini
PASADENA, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2015) – The Caltech men's soccer team went toe-to-toe with Pomona-Pitzer Colleges over the first half but the visitors bookended halftime with multiple goals to claim the victory on Wednesday afternoon.
The Sagehens improve to 7-8-2 overall and 7-6-1 in the SCIAC while the Beavers fall to 0-13 (0-13).
Both teams took some time to get going on offense, but nearly struck within two minutes of each other midway through the first half. A Pomona-Pitzer defender headed a goal kick well behind the Beavers' back line to create a breakaway for Voja Maric, who flipped the ball over junior J.D. Feist (Richardson, Texas / Jesuit College Prep) for a look on an open net, but he could not control it on the landing and flubbed the shot wide. Soon after, Caltech won a free kick at midfield and freshman Jack Banaszak (Bethesda, Md. / Bethesda Chevy-Chase) placed the ball perfectly at the edge of the six-yard box, where senior Theodore Wilkening (Bowie, Md. / Elen) ran onto and headed it just over the crossbar.
The Beavers defense came within two minutes of a first-half shutout, thanks in large part to Feist's five saves and several interceptions by senior Adam Ball (Carol Stream, Ill. / Glenbard North), but the Sagehens got on the scoreboard in the 43rd minute on a short, low cross from the right side directly in front of goal for the tap-in. Caltech created one final chance from about 20 yards on, but a beautiful curling effort stayed just wide of the right post to keep the halftime score at 1-0. Pomona-Pitzer broke open the floodgates early in the second half, netting four goals in the first 14 minutes, and added another strike in the 79th to leave with a 6-0 win.
Head Coach Phil Murray and the Beavers will head to the University of La Verne (12-4-1, 8-4-1) on Saturday, Oct. 24 for a 7 p.m. kickoff.