Men's soccer routs Pomona-Pitzer to win Sonny Carter Invitational, starts season with 2-0 opening weekend

Men's soccer routs Pomona-Pitzer to win Sonny Carter Invitational, starts season with 2-0 opening weekend

The Oglethorpe men's soccer team completed their outstanding weekend at Emory's Sonny Carter Invitational Sunday with a 4-0 victory over Pomona-Pitzer, which gave them first place in the four-team event. The Stormy Petrels got a pair of goals from sophomore forward Abraham Lopez and single tallies from senior forward Ryan Marcano and junior forward Gilberto Ramos en route to the victory.

Lopez earned invitational MVP honors for his efforts over the course of the weekend. The all-invitational team featured four additional Petrels: Marcano, senior midfielder Andrew Grodhaus, senior goalkeeper Scott Zoino and freshman forward James Williams. Marcano scored the opener in Friday's 2-1 extra-time win over Claremont-M-S, while Williams scored the golden goal in the second extra period. Zoino totaled five saves for the weekend and allowed just one goal over almost 195 minutes of play. Grodhaus served as the stalwart of the team's midfield over the course of the two games. He forced saves on both of his shots in Sunday's game.

Lopez opened the scoring on Sunday 33 minutes in, culminating what had been a dominating early stretch of play by the Petrels. Oglethorpe outshot the Sagehens 13-3 over the course of the opening 45 minutes, but didn't have anything to show for it until Lopez made a steal in Pomona-Pitzer territory, dribbled around the goalkeeper and finished to give his team a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute. 

That scoreline didn't last long, as Marcano quickly doubled the Oglethorpe lead off an assist from sophomore forward Tuli Mwarumba just over a minute later. It was as if the flood gates had opened for the Petrels. Less than two minutes after Marcano's goal, Lopez bagged his second as he took a loose ball at the top of the box and fired a shot past the Sagehen keeper to make it 3-0 in the 37th minute.

Oglethorpe seemed to have a comfortable halftime lead, but they removed all doubt 12 minutes into the second half as Ramos drilled a perfect free kick into the upper-left corner of the net to make it 4-0 in the 58th minute.

The Petrels cruised from there, as Pomona-Pitzer failed to register a shot in the second half. Oglethorpe outshot them 15-0 for the period and 28-3 for the game, including an 11-1 mark in shots on goal. The Petrels also took 11 corner kicks to the Sagehens' zero. 

Oglethorpe will be back in action from Emory's Woodruff PE Center again on Friday, when they'll travel there to take on the Eagles at 7 p.m. After that, they'll return to the Oglethorpe Track and Field for their home opener Sunday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. against Gordon.