Men's Soccer Falls On Road To Chapman

Orange, Calif. - Mauricio Alfonso scored twice in the second half as the Chapman Men's Soccer team captured a 2-0 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Friday evening at Wilson Field.

The loss drops Pomona-Pitzer to 1-2 on the season, while Chapman remains perfect at 4-0.

Pomona-Pitzer controlled possession for most of the first half, but couldn't break down the Panthers defense in the final third. Junior midfielder Robbie Hull (Salt Lake City, Utah), junior defender Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) and junior midfielder Danny Nasry (Portland, Ore.) all tested the net from distance with hard shots that were off target.

In the 44th minute, sophomore midfielder Michael Ceragioli (Lake Tahoe, Calif.) got inside the box for a quality chance, but his low shot went just wide of the left post. Chapman then got its best chance in the closing seconds of the half, as Pomona-Pitzer was whistled for a foul just outside of the box, but Alfonso's 20-yard free kick sailed high.

The Sagehens' back four was able to limit chances for a Chapman offense that had scored eight goals in its first three games, including a 5-0 win over Occidental in its last game on Wednesday. Munzer and freshmen Geordie Marriner (Bellingham, Wash.), Mark Raftery (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Adam Lewis (Corvalis, Ore.) held the Panthers without a shot on target in the first half. Sophomore goalkeeper Rollie Thayer (Shorewood, Minn.) didn't have to make a save until the 51st minute, when he easily handled a 30-yarder off the foot of Quinn Murray.

Freshman midfielder Arash Mahboubi (La Canada, Calif.) showed an impressive display of skill in the 58th minute, when he half-volleyed a looping ball 25 yards from goal and sent a rocket on target, but it went right at goalkeeper Jimmy Adranly, who was able to knock it down. Minutes later, Chapman broke through at the other end as Alfonso got free after a series of deflections, and struck a hard shot inside the left post from 15 yards off a feed from Nick Echeverry. 

The Panthers almost tacked on another goal with under 12 minutes to play, but Marriner hustled back to clear a Chapman shot off the line with Thayer out of net. However, the stellar defensive play was in vain, as Alfonso bent the ensuing corner kick over Thayer's head and directly into the net at the far post to stretch the lead to 2-0 with 10:50 on the clock.

Shots finished at an even 13-13 on the game, while Thayer had two saves for the Sagehens, compared to three for Adranly.

Pomona-Pitzer will next be in action when it faces Redlands on the road on Wednesday in its SCIAC opener.