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October 26, 2011

Sagehens Pick Up Tenth Win, Knock Off Cal Lutheran 3-1

Claremont, Calif. - Junior midfielder Danny Nasry (Portland, Ore. - pictured) had a goal and an assist three minutes apart late in the first half to turn a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 halftime lead, as the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Soccer team earned a 3-1 win over Cal Lutheran in its home finale.

With the win, the Sagehens reach the 10-win plateau for the season (10-4) and improve to 9-4 in the SCIAC, giving it sole possession of second place in the conference standings. Pomona-Pitzer could clinch the second seed in the SCIAC Tournament with a win at Whittier on Saturday and the right to host a semifinal game on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The Kingsmen fall to 3-15 overall and 3-10 in the SCIAC with the loss.

With the score tied 1-1, Nasry played freshman midfielder Arash Mahboubi (La Canada, Calif.) in behind the defense. Mahboubi broke into the right side of the box and hit a low shot from 12 yards that Cal Lutheran goalkeeper Chris Holm barely deflected with his forearm, but the shot still had plenty on it to get through into the left side of the net.

Exactly three minutes later, Nasry tacked on an insurance goal when he got to a bending corner kick taken by freshman midfielder Nathan Shekita (San Jose, Calif.) at the far post and headed the ball in from five yards out, making the score 3-1 with 4:29 left in the half.

The Sagehens were then content to protect the lead down the stretch, as it took five shots in the second half after taking 13 in the first stanza. Holm did come up big when he stopped a breakaway from freshman forward Lawrence McDonald (Oakland, Calif.), his second stopped breakaway of the game. In the first half, he stopped freshman midfielder Avery Raimondo (Quogue, N.Y.) in a one-on-one situation to prevent the Sagehens from taking a 2-0 lead.

Raimondo had earlier put the Sagehens on the board just 7:02 in the game, when he had a flick-header off a long throw-in from junior defender Eric Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.). However, the Kingsmen knotted the score at the 17:24 mark when Lucas Kurzon headed in a cross from David Lee.

Junior goalkeeper Rollie Thayer (Shorewood, Minn.) only had to make three saves for Pomona-Pitzer, but one of them was a huge one, as he just tipped a shot from Matt Hubbard wide of the left post for a corner kick, which would have given Cal Lutheran a 2-1 lead in the 30th minute. Holm finished with eight saves for the Kingsmen, as the Sagehens had an 18-8 edge in shots and a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.

Pomona-Pitzer closes out the regular season on Saturday with a road game at Whittier before it finds out its site and opponent for the SCIAC semifinals next Wednesday.