PASADENA (Oct. 26, 2019) – The Caltech men's soccer team tied Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Saturday afternoon in the annual Senior Day game. This year marks the first time the Beavers have accrued multiple ties in a season since 1995 and the first time the team has tied in back-to-back contests since 1986.
After tying the University of La Verne in a 0-0 defensive struggle earlier in the week, the offense came alive on Saturday in response to an early answer from the visiting Sagehens. Freshman midfielder Sam Klauer (Knoxville, Tenn. / Christian Academy) got Caltech on the board in the 58th minute with a high cross the visiting goalkeeper was unable to get a handle on, tying the game at one goal apiece. The goal marked the freshman's team-leading fourth of the year. The Beavers only gained momentum as the second half transpired, where they outshot the Sagehens, 14-3 thanks to overwhelming offensive pressure.
After the visitors potted a header off a free kick 14 minutes later, Caltech evened the score one more time in the 86th minute. Sophomore midfielder Samir Johnson (Portland, Ore. / Jesuit) dumped in a cross from senior forward Kevin Yu (Park Ridge, N.J. / Park Ridge) after the Beavers had a chance to reset off a corner kick to force overtime. Both teams embraced the grind over the game's final 20 minutes, mustering a combined 10 shots with neither team able to have the final say in either of the two extra periods. Reigning SCIAC Defensive Player of the Week Max Popken (Westport, Conn. / Staples) stopped five shots over 110 minutes and held the Sagehens off the scoreboard for the game's final 38 minutes.
The tie moves Caltech up to five SCIAC points on the year, the team's most since 1987. The Beavers have now registered points in three of their previous four SCIAC games, one of the most successful stretches the team has seen in recent memory.
Head Coach Phil Murray and the Beavers will finish the 2019 season on the road against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Saturday, Nov. 2.