Shields Seals Victory for CMS Against P-P

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s soccer team (3-3-1, 1-1 SCIAC) beat Pomona-Pitzer (2-4, 0-2) in a toughly-contested match which ended in a 1-0 score line in favor of the white-shirt hosts.

The match was going back and forth, with both sides counter-attacking, then falling back and defending. Then, in the 56th minute during the second half, midfielder Darrah Shields CM ’16  intercepted a loose pass high up near the P-P box and shot it past a diving Annie Wedel PO ’16 to net the one and only goal of the match. P-P continued to try to force a goal through the CMS ranks after having conceded, but to no avail.

#8 Darrah Shields CM '16 maintains control of the soccer ball from #2 Natasha Thornton-Clark PO '18 on a grassy field.
#8 Darrah Shields CM ’16 maintains control of the ball from #2 Natasha Thornton-Clark PO ’18. (Will Gottsegen • The Student Life)

“Coach Keri prepares us a lot in practice for those sort of incidences, so we should always be ready for a mistouch or a poorly played ball,” Shields commented. “It was a perfect setup for me, so I just tried to stay composed and put it away.”

Shields said she would remember the goal for a long time.

CMS goalkeeper Kelly McConnell HM ’17 also had an impressive performance, saving 4 dangerous attempts at her goal, eventually managing to keep a clean sheet.

P-P started strong, managing to bag a few corner kicks early on in the game and carried that into the second half, putting up fierce competition even after conceding. Midfielder Abby Onderwyzer Gold PO ‘18 had a reasonably good game, trying time and again in the second half to get her name on the scoring sheets, but failing.

Having beaten their archrivals, the Athenas seem to be in high spirits as they look forward to their next game against California Lutheran University (2-5, 1-1) on Saturday, Sept. 26. This victory has been a great morale boost for them, and they definitely seem ready to carry this momentum into the next game in an attempt to sustain the formidable record they’ve managed to achieve early on in the season.

The Sagehens, on the other hand, are struggling with their momentum. This is P-P’s third consecutive loss, after they kick-started their season with two wins in their first three games. They managed to create enough chances on their opponent’s goal but couldn’t make it in despite their best efforts. However, they’re anything but downtrodden, and are absolutely looking forward to getting back on track with their next game against Occidental College (2-3, 1-1), also on Sept. 26.

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