Women’s Soccer Aims for SCIACs in ’09 Season

After two straight seasons of narrowly missing the SCIAC tournament, Pomona-Pitzer women’s soccer hopes to break through to the top ranks this year with new talent and a new outlook.To the Sagehens, every minute of play matters. In the words of Coach Jen Scanlon, “Every SCIAC game is important. We have to perform every Wednesday and Saturday from here on out.” Her tone is one not of desperation but of austere conviction. To qualify for the conference tournament, the team will need to finish in the top four in SCIAC.This season, already riddled with drama through six games, looks like it could end differently, largely because of an optimism and drive that seeps down from coach to team.Despite starting the season 2-3 in non-league play, Pomona-Pitzer started SCIAC play trouncing Whittier 6-0, thanks to the domination of Ellie Seo PO ’10. Seo scored the first three goals of the match to log a hat-trick in the first 26 minutes.In an early-season drama against undefeated Chapman, Katy Metcalf PO ’12 fired the ball on net in an attempt to break a scoreless deadlock in the second half, but the opposing keeper jumped and made a miracle save to prevent the goal. Chapman ended up scoring the winner with 29 seconds to play and handed the Sagehens a heart-breaking defeat.After countless injuries and trials left the backbone of the defensive line apparently empty, two freshmen, Anika Burrell PO and Jordan Bryant PO, have stepped up into demanding starting roles and played well.Despite a shaky start, this is a team that is ready to play.

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