POMONA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2014) – The Caltech men's soccer offense stepped up its play against top-ranked SCIAC foe Pomona-Pitzer as the Beavers fell by a misleading 6-0 score line on Saturday morning.
The Sagehens maintain their conference-leading 11-4-2 overall and 9-3-2 SCIAC records, while the Beavers drop to 0-16-1 (0-13-1).
The Caltech offense bettered both its shots and shots on goal per game against the top competition they have faced all season, ripping six shots and putting three on target. The Beavers impressed in their previous outing against the Sagehens as well, coming up just shy in a tight 1-0 battle in Pasadena on Oct. 1 that set the stage for their 1-1 tie vs. Chapman University in the following game.
The Beavers fell behind on a fifth-minute Sagehens goal, but quickly created two chances to equalize as two shots were blocked and another by sophomore Evren Gokcen (Gahanna, Ohio / Gahanna Lincoln) was saved. Pomona-Pitzer mustered a big second goal on a defensive miscue that led to a tight shot from the right side that bounced off the post and into the goal in the 20th minute, and a slew of Sagehens fouls over the next 10 minutes slowed any momentum the Beavers tried to generate in the remainder of the half, leaving Caltech down 2-0 at the break.
Sophomore Kevin Gao (Los Alamos, N.M. / Los Alamos) put an effort on goal in the 57th minute with Caltech down 3-0 and senior Marec Serlin (Philadelphia, Pa. / Harriton) put one final chance on frame in the 86th minute, but the ever-improving Beavers were unfortunate not to score in a game that was played far closer than the final score suggested.
Head Coach Rolando Uribe and the Beavers will look to surprise the University of La Verne (10-7-1, 7-7) in their final road game of the season on Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.