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Na Powers Lutes Past Sagehens, 5-3

Na Powers Lutes Past Sagehens, 5-3

Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication

POMONA, Calif. -- Eddie Na was a one-man wrecking crew for the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team on Saturday, notching two goals and two assists as the Lutes escaped southern California with a 5-3 victory over host Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.

Na's impressive performance included two goals in a 31-second span, turning a one-goal Lute deficit into a one-goal advantage. PLU (1-1) trailed 3-2 before Na's equalizer in the 59th minute and seized the lead moments later with Na finding the back of the net off an assist from Joe Sammartino. Na would later assist on a Bennett Bugbee insurance score in the 85th minute to seal the victory.

"It was a great bounce back today by our guys," said Head Coach John Yorke. "It was a good response to both Thursday's result and some early adversity in this game where we gave up a goal in the first five minutes of each half."

The host Sagehens (1-1) struck first with Peter Rentzepis scoring in the fifth minute. The Lutes answered in the 27th minute with Clint Absher scoring off a feed from Na before Colten Halfaker put PLU on top in the 38th minute on a shot off a pass from Absher. Ponoma-Pitzer reclaimed the lead with goals in the 50th and 55th minutes but it was all Lutes after that thanks in a large part to Na's second half heroics.

"Eddie had a good game and it's nice to get him going early in the season. The success he had today was due to his own hard work but was also a result of some great passes and efforts from players who might not have made the scoresheet."

Cole Weaver made his debut in goal for the Lutes, collecting six saves to earn the win while Pomona-Pitzer's Ben Mitchell was saddled with the loss, yielding five scores and making three saves.

The Lutes return to the pitch on Monday, hosting Occidental College at 11 a.m. in the home opener at East Field.