P-P Women’s Soccer Win Streak Cut Short at Four After First SCIAC Loss to CMS

Pomona-Pitzer women’s soccer had its four-game winning streak snapped at home Wednesday in a 3-1 loss to CMS. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps capitalized on a slow start from the Saghens, scoring two goals in the first 15 minutes of the game. Five minutes into the game, midfielder Annie Belanger SC ’13 scored on a low shot that sneaked past keeper Emma Wolfarth PO ’14. Seven minutes later, forward Madi Shove SC ’13 scored on a shot to the corner from just outside the box. Behind 2-0, the Sagehens picked up their energy and held CMS off for the rest of the half.

In the second half, the Sagehens came back with a vengeance and scored in the 65th minute. Outside midfielder Allie Tao PO ’14 carried the ball down the right side, cut it back outside the box, and crossed the ball to Erin Edmonds PZ ’14. Edmonds put the ball in the back of the net and brought the score to 2-1. The Sagehens looked poised to catch up to CMS and had several opportunities to tie the game. Toward the end of the half, the ball bounced around the CMS box, pulling keeper Hannah Dunham CMC ’14 off her line. Despite the empty net, the Sagehens were unable to put the ball away.

With five minutes left in the game, CMS increased its lead to 3-1, pushing P-P’s hopes further out of reach. Kerry Moller CMC ’14 carried the ball along the right side, beat a defender, and finished low past Wolfarth. Despite the loss, the Sagehens outshot the Athenas 18 to 10, forcing Dunham to make 9 saves.

This loss is a step back from a promising start for the Sagehens. The day before their loss, Pomona-Pitzer was listed as a team “receiving votes” for NCAA D-III rankings. After the Sagehens defeated University of Redlands, the Bulldogs dropped off the list from No. 19. If the Sagehens want to move onto the Top-25 list, they will need to be able to come back from behind. The rivalry game was the first time this season that P-P has trailed in the first half. This also marked the first goal scored during play against the Sagehen defense—the only previous goal scored against them was on a penalty kick.

Wednesday’s game against CMS puts the Sagehens at 2-1 in SCIAC and 4-2 overall. Last Saturday night, Pomona-Pitzer women’s soccer garnered their second win in conference play by defeating La Verne 4-0. The Sagehens scored four goals in the first half to win their fourth straight game. Two minutes into the game, Samantha Thompson PZ ’15 put PPWS on the scoreboard. Within seven minutes, defender Claire Mueller PO ’13 scored off of a first-touch shot from 25 yards out. Traci Lopez PZ ’12 scored her fourth goal of the season 16 minutes into the game. In the 38th minute, Tao carried the ball up the left side and crossed it into the box. After collecting a deflection off a La Verne defender, Amanda Coba PO ’15 finished for the Sagehens’ fourth goal. Wolfarth had two saves in the first half and Jana London PZ ’14 had one save in the second.

The Sagehens play again Saturday at Chapman at 7 p.m.

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