The Pomona-Pitzer women’s soccer team (9-7, 7-5 SCIAC) had cause for celebration following their matchup Saturday, Oct. 24, against the University of La Verne (6-8-2, 4-7-1 SCIAC). They snapped a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory against the Leopards to wrap up their final regular-season home game. With the game tied 1-1 at the end of the first half, the Sagehens wasted little time putting the game out of reach early in the second half with two goals in the first 20 minutes. Forward Danika Bethune PO ’17 credited the intermission as the reason for the team’s success in the second half.
“Halftime was a key moment for us to regroup as a team,” she added. “It was 1-1 at half and we were able to change our tactics offensively, which led to two quick goals to put the game away.”
The highlight of the night came from midfielder Nicola Ying Fry PZ ‘16 during the 65th minute, when she took a long cross from midfielder Alyssa Kim PZ ’17 off her chest and shot it past the goalkeeper to score her third career goal and second on the season. Goalie Corey Goelz PO ’17 and the rest of the team were ecstatic for her.
“It was so exciting to see her score such a great goal on her senior day,” Goelz said. “She's such a hardworking player and a couple people on the sidelines even teared up after she scored because of how much she deserves it.”
Both Goelz and Bethune were proud of the team’s hard work to bring a home a victory on Senior Night.
“The team really rose to the occasion on Senior Day and I'm proud of the effort everyone gave to help honor such a great group of seniors with a win,” Goelz said.
The Sagehens did not find the same level of success against California Lutheran University on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Cal Lu (7-8-2, 6-5-2 SCIAC) rode two early second-half goals to victory as they defeated the Sagehens 3-1. P-P outshot Cal Lutheran 9-8 on shots on goal, but struggled to put the ball in the net—a problem that has plagued them on the road all season.
“Cal Lu’s unique defensive formation was pretty effective against our attack,” Bethune noted. “The forwards rarely got the ball at times, and when we did we were met with high pressure.”
With the loss, this weekend's game against Chapman University (12-7-3, 7-5-2 SCIAC) on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. will determine whether they can go to the playoffs.
“The game against Chapman will be a great test for us, as we need to win to secure a playoff spot,” Goelz said. “It's a great opportunity to play a high-stakes match at the end of the season. I'm really excited to see us rise to the challenge on Saturday as we play for a chance to extend our season.”
With a loss for the Sagehens, the fate of the season would rest in the results of the other games played that day across the SCIAC, but neither Goelz nor Bethune seemed fazed by the challenge.
“We are looking to come out strong early in the game and to set the tone from the beginning,” Bethune added. “We have our fate in our own hands; we just have to go execute this Saturday.”