The men’s soccer team faced another tough loss at Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday morning, getting shut out, 4-0.
The game ended with disappointed faces from the Leopards, but they stayed positive because this was the last game of the season for the seniors.
“We looked it as one last game to enjoy,” senior center back Peter Careaga said. “The guys are family.”
Careaga did not let this loss get to him and even joked after the game that he was disappointed he did not get a yellow card during the game.
“I came to have fun,” Careaga said.
Pomona-Pitzer dominated the first half of the game, scoring three goals.
Assistant coach Andrew Dorsey did not think his team performed well.
“They could have worked harder,” Dorsey said. “They did a lot better the second half, only giving one goal as opposed to three goals.”
Pomona-Pitzer’s Nathan Shekita gave his team its first goal within the first five minutes of the game.
La Verne lacked energy at the beginning of the game, but slowly picked it up halfway through the first half.
La Verne was competitive and had some good chances to defeat the opposing team during the first half, but had difficulty after Pomona-Pitzer scored two more goals.
La Verne entered the second half with frustration knowing that they had to become more focused to turn the game around in their favor.
As the game continued, La Verne spiked up its intensity and played with more determination.
The aggressiveness could be seen from both teams and constant shouting from coaches, team members and the crowd began to arise.
La Verne made sure it focused on defense to keep the Sagehens from scoring another goal.
Dorsey said the team prepared for this game by training sessions that included attacking and tightening their defense.
Pomona-Pitzer made another goal after freshman goalkeeper Darrin Bangle attempted to make a save.
Bangle had two saves during the game.
As the game began to wind down, La Verne were close to scoring a goal, but it led to a foul ball.
The end of the game was a bit of a struggle for them knowing that they had no chance to lead the game.
“I’m disappointed we didn’t move farther in the season,” junior outside winger Joshua Hill said. “Everything happens for a reason.”
Hill said he hopes Pomona-Pitzer does well as it continues to the SCIAC semifinals, as it is a disciplined and organized squad.
“They have good depth and their position in league reflects it,” Careaga said.
Even though Hill came with the mind set to win, he said he enjoyed playing with the seniors in their final game.
La Verne ended its season placing in seventh place out of eight teams with an overall record of 7-11-2 and 5-10-1 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
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