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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Water Polo team picked up their biggest win on the season Wednesday evening as they held off the 2016 SCIAC Champion Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens 7-6 in overtime.
The Purple & Gold snapped a seven game losing skid and now move to 2-7 on the season, while picking up their first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) victory.
It was a tight contest throughout. The Poets saw themselves trailing 2-0 in the first two minutes of the game but were able to tie things up over the next four minutes as freshman Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden) was able to make two connections.
Pomona-Pitzer extended their lead to three following another two goals in the second frame, but Whittier managed to pull within two as time expired, literally as goalie Murat Ersoz (Istanbul, Turkey) made the biggest goal in his career connecting from across the pool.
In the third, the Poets picked it up on the defensive end holding Pomona-Pitzer scoreless, while tacking on another two from Carlos Heredia Viteri (Commerce, Calif.) and Tim Aakhus (Bakersfield, Calif.) tying things up at 5-5.
In the fourth, each team managed to add a strike, Whittier's coming from Heredia Viteri at the 6:21 mark. They also had a look for the game-winner with under :20 seconds to play but it wouldn't fall as the game would go into extra time.
Overtime proved to be a couple tough periods on both sides, but Whittier was able to step up to the occasion blanking the Sagehens, while Heredia Viteri would add the eventual game-winner in the first session with :32 seconds to play.
Whittier was outshot 35-32 and was a mere 1-4 on power-play opportunities.
Heredia Viteri led the offense with three goals on nine shots with a steal, while Zdolsek tallied two goals with three steals.
Ersoz put together his best game of the season thus far finishing with a steal and 13 saves along with his first goal of the season.
Whittier returns to the pool this Saturday, September 23 as they take on Occidental College on the road beginning at 11:00am.