THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - On a night dedicated to raise awareness for childhood cancer, the fans and the Cal Lutheran men's soccer team came decked out in gold, but it was not enough to top a tough Pomona-Pitzer squad as the Kingsmen fell 2-0 on Saturday night at William Rolland Stadium.
Joining forces with Cancer Fit, Inc. the men's soccer team wore gold socks, the color to recognize childhood cancer, and a large crowd was on hand to support the Kingsmen in their matchup against the Sagehens. Eight-year old team member Dylan Roslauski, who was drafted to the team through the MVP Sports Draft program, served as the honorary captain in the game. The MVP Sports Draft program helps to match childhood cancer survivors with a high school or college team in the Southern California area.
As the game got underway, CLU put the pressure on right out of the gate with two key opportunities in the 8th minute. With the ball in the attacking third, forward Nick Baldi wound up for a shot but it was blocked and deflected right to the foot of Logan Cone, who fired a shot on goal but was kicked out by a Sagehen defender for the team save.
With possession alternating back-and-forth, both teams were unable to convert despite plenty of shot attempts. That changed in the 33rd minute when Avery Raimondo fired a shot on goal for Pomona-Pitzer but it was denied on a diving save from CLU goalie Jack Duncan. On the dive, Duncan deflected the ball back out in front of the goal and Peter Rentzepis poked it through to the left of the goal for his third goal of the season and the 1-0 Sagehen lead.
Zack Larson gave his best efforts on the offensive end displaying a nice bit of trickery with the ball as he flipped it behind his head and over the defender while he sped towards the goal. As the crowd cheered and rose to their feet, Larson then crossed the ball into the box to Bryan Hulse who had a good look but headed the ball just wide of the goal.
In the second half the Kingsmen had a bundle of opportunities with two corners back-to-back leading to an open shot for Jacob McMillan who fired the ball right into the hands of the Sagehens goalie.
While CLU was still creating chances on the offensive end, Pomona-Pitzer (5-1-1, 3-0-1 SCIAC) looked to widen the lead. Matthew Marvin dribbled the ball out of the corner and around a Kingsmen defender to put him in front of the goal where he shot across his body to find the back of the net to take a 2-0 lead.
CLU outshot the Sagehens 17-11 and was edged in shots on goal by Pomona-Pitzer 5-4. Cone led the way with two shots on goal for the Kingsmen, while Alex Wardle had a team high four shots on the night including one on goal. Eight other Kingsmen got in the action firing off a shot in the game.
Cal Lutheran (2-3-2, 1-2-1 SCIAC) hits the road to take on conference leader Chapman, on Monday Sept. 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Box Score: PP 2 - CLU 0
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