Womens Soccer Goes 2-1 in 5 Days to Keep Pace in SCIAC

Pomona-Pitzer women’s soccer came out ahead with two wins and a loss in a brutal barrage of three games in five days. The Sagehens are now 8-4 overall, 5-3 in SCIAC, and are tied for second place in SCIAC against rival CMS. The team’s eight wins are already one more than the Sagehens had all of last season.

On Wednesday, Pomona-Pitzer defeated La Verne 3-0 with help from two goals by midfielder Claudia Zaugg PO ’13. Just over 11 minutes into the game, Traci Lopez PZ ’12 scored her ninth goal of the season. Sam Thompson PZ ’15 assisted Lopez with a through ball.

At 22:52, Zaugg followed up on a rebound off a shot by Allie Tao PO ’14. Tao turned past a La Verne defender on the right side of the box and shot low near post. The ball deflected off the side post into the middle of the box, where Zaugg ran in from the weak side to finish. Zaugg scored again less than ten minutes later in a similar fashion. Lilli Barrett-O’Keefe PO ’14 crossed the ball low from the right side to Zaugg, who placed the ball into the back of the net.

P-P keepers Emma Wolfarth PO’14 (one save) and Jana London PZ ’14 (two saves) held the shutout.

On Monday, the Sagehens traveled to Whittier and won 2-1. Tao had a goal and an assist to Lopez. At 10:23, Tao dribbled past Whittier’s keeper to put the Saghens up 1-0. However, the lead did not last long: midfielder Madison Shipherd evened the score in the 22nd minute. With three minutes left in the first half, Tao assisted Lopez to win the game.

Last Saturday, Pomona-Pitzer lost at Redlands 2-1 after two second half goals from the Bulldogs. The Sagehens scored within the first minute of the game when Lopez connected with Tao’s corner kick. After this early lead, Pomona-Pitzer dominated the first half, outshooting Redlands 13-1.

In the second half, Redlands forward Samantha Rivera tied the score in the 54th minute with a strike from 25 yards. Wolfarth got a touch on the ball, but was unable to stop it from going over the line. The score remained even until Bulldogs forward Fionna Connolly finished a corner kick from midfielder Devin Wright. Statistically, the Sagehens dominated Redlands with 26 shots to the Bulldogs’ eight, but the Redlands keepers made seven saves to hold P-P to one goal.

The Sagehens play tomorrow morning at CMS. This game will determine which team will keep the second-place spot in SCIAC. While Pomona-Pitzer will be playing their fourth game in eight days, the memory of their 3-1 loss to CMS at home earlier this season will surely stir up a longing for vengeance in this heated rivalry match.

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