Sagehens Make SCIAC Tournament But Fall to CMS

In a game that was much closer than the scoreline reflected, the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Soccer team was eliminated from SCIAC play in a 3-0 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

The Sagehens had the run of play in the first half, creating several chances that Traci Lopez PZ ’12 couldn’t quite seem to squeak into the goal. CMS broke the tie late in the half with a cross that was deflected in past goalkeeper Emma Wolfarth PO ’14. Going into halftime down 1-0, the Sagehens knew they still had a chance to win the game and went into the second half with that mentality.

Unfortunately, two quick goals came for the Athenas off a corner kick and a breakway to make the score 3-0. The deficit proved to be too much for the ‘Hens to come back from and they walked off the field disappointed but hopeful looking into next season.

The CMS Athenas will play at Cal Lutheran tomorrow in the SCIAC final.

Pomona-Pitzer women’s soccer finished their regular season with a 5-1 win over Whittier on Pomona-Pitzer’s Senior Recognition Day. The win earned the 10-5-1 Sagehens a second-place tie with CMS in the final SCIAC standings.

Traci Lopez scored after 4:58 for her 11th goal of the season. Midfielder Allie Tao PO ’14 put the ball into the box, and Lopez finished with a first-time shot to become the second-highest scorer in SCIAC.

Midfielder Erin Edmonds PZ ’14 scored at 31:29 off a through-ball into the box from Lopez. The ball was almost in Whittier keeper Shanna Falch’s grasp when Edmonds slid feet-first to knock the ball into the goal.

Forward Lilli Barrett-O’Keefe PZ ’14 scored the next two Sagehen goals. Barrett-O’Keefe scored her first career goal at 53:25 on a breakaway. Samantha Thompson PZ ’15 played the ball over the Whittier defense, and Barrett-O’Keefe carried the ball down the field. With the Whittier defense hot on her tail and Falch coming out of the box, Barrett-O’Keefe found an angle and shot the ball low into the net.

Less than a minute and a half later, Dana Christensen PZ ’15 played the ball to Barrett-O’Keefe, who headed it past the Whittier defense. Running to catch the ball, Barrett-O’Keefe sprinted down the field and shot the ball just before the Whittier defense could reach her.

After 56:08, Chelsea Irha put a point on the scoreboard for Whittier off a pass from Madison Shipherd. Shipherd passed the ball into the Sagehen box, and Irha ran on to finish for Whittier’s first goal of the game. With 4:21 left in play, Claudia Zaugg PO ’13 scored the fifth goal for the Sagehens off an assist from Edmonds.

The Sagehens’ 5-1 triumph over Whittier was a fitting end to a successful regular season for the team. For the first time in four years, the Sagehens qualified for the post-season and were even momentarily ranked in the top five west coast teams in Division III.

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