Munzer's Two Second Half Goals Vault Sagehens Into First Place
Claremont, Calif. - Senior defender Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) scored twice in the second half to lead Pomona-Pitzer to a 2-1 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday evening at Pritzlaff Field.
With the win, Pomona-Pitzer improves to 7-4-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the SCIAC, moving past CMS and into first place in the league, as the Stags slip to 6-3 in the SCIAC with the loss.
The Sagehens started out conference play at 2-2, with a 6-1 home loss to CMS and a 6-2 road loss to Whittier. Since then, they have compiled a 4-0-1 record in conference games as they have moved from eighth place to first.
The game-winning goal came on a 30-yard free kick with 11:26 left in the game. Instead of serving a pass into the box, Munzer cracked a line drive on net that eluded the CMS goalkeeper and went into the net for his first career two-goal game.
Munzer had his first goal with 28:07 remaining in the game, when he got on the back end of a long free kick from sophomore defender Mark Raftrey (Palo Alto, Calif.) and headed it home to knot the score 1-1.
CMS took a 1-0 lead with just over 10 minutes to play in the first half, as David Taylor took a free kick that deflected off the head of a Sagehen defender and into the net for an own goal, as all three goals in the game came on free kicks.
The Stags had an excellent chance to tie with around three minutes remaining in the game when Pomona-Pitzer was called for a foul just outside the penalty area. However, Daniel Price's free kick was deflected by the Sagehen wall and cleared away.
Pomona-Pitzer has a busy stretch ahead as it tries to defend its first-place standing, hosting Cal Lutheran on Monday at 4 p.m. and traveling to Chapman on Wednesday.