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October 14, 2011

Men's Soccer Faces Big Home Game With CMS

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team plays an important home game with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. as it jockeys for position in the SCIAC standings heading into the final weeks of the regular season.

The Sagehens are currently 6-3 in conference play, putting it in second place, although CMS is right behind at 5-2-1 and has a game in hand. Redlands is in the driver's seat for the top seed in the SCIAC Tournament at 9-0, while Whittier (5-4) and Occidental (4-5) are still in the hunt for one of the four postseason bids as well.

The winner of Saturday's game between Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps will have the inside track for the second seed in the SCIAC Tournament and the right to host a conference semifinal game.

The Sagehens won the first meeting between the teams on the road at CMS on Sept. 18, as it scored once in each half to earn a 2-0 victory. Michael Ceragioli (Incline Village, Nev.) scored just two minutes into the game to stake the Sagehens to a 1-0 lead, and freshman Lawrence McDonald (Oakland, Calif.) added a goal midway through the second half.

Junior goalkeeper Rollie Thayer (Shorewood, Minn.) also had a big day for the Sagehens with seven saves, earning the shutout despite facing 23 shots from the Stags, which outshot Pomona-Pitzer 23-13 in a losing cause.

The game will also feature a bit of a sibling rivalry as freshman defender Geordie Marriner (Bellingham, Wash. - pictured) will face his older brother, Dylan, who is a senior defender on the Stags. Junior captain Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) will also face off against one his former high school teammates, senior midfielder Alex Lichtenberg.

Live updates will be posted on Twitter (@Sagehens) throughout the match.