October 15, 2011

Women's Soccer Comes Away With Draw At CMS

Claremont, Calif. - Senior forward Traci Lopez (Santa Fe, N.M. - pictured) scored her tenth goal of the season in the first half, but Claremont-Mudd-Scripps evened the score early in the second half and the two teams played to a 1-1 draw in a key SCIAC Women's Soccer game on Saturday at Pritzlaff Field.

With the tie, the two teams also remain deadlocked for second place in the SCIAC standings at 5-3-1, behind first-place Redlands (8-0) and just ahead of fourth-place Redlands (5-4). Pomona-Pitzer is now 8-4-1 overall, while CMS stands at 5-5-3.

CMS would hold the tiebreaker advantage if the teams remained in a draw for second place, which would result in home field in the SCIAC semifinals on Nov. 3.

Lopez scored her goal with just over eight minutes remaining in the first half on an unassisted tally. That lead would hold until Madi Shove, who had two goals against the Sagehens in the first meeting on Sept. 18, struck again to even the score 10 minutes into the second half.

The teams were deadlocked in shot attempts in the regulation 90 minutes at seven apiece, before the Athenas finished with a 10-9 edge after overtime. Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Wolfarth (Arlington, Va.) had two saves for Pomona-Pitzer, while Molly Freed had four for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

The Sagehens return to action next Saturday with a pivotal home game against Occidental. A win in that contest would almost certainly secure a postseason bid for the Sagehens, as the Tigers are currently in fifth place and a win would cement Pomona-Pitzer's position in the top four.