Women's Soccer Faces Pivtotal Game With Occidental

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team can all but assure itself a postseason bid with a win, when it hosts Occidental on Saturday for an 11 a.m. contest.

The Sagehens come into the weekend with an 8-4-1 overall record and a 5-3-1 mark in the SCIAC, including 2-0-1 in their last three games. Cal Lutheran has clinched to top seed at 9-0, while CMS has alone in second place (due to one extra game played) and is 6-3-1, although the Stags also hold the tiebreaker edge with Pomona-Pitzer for the second seed due to head-to-head results (1-0-1).

The top four teams qualify for the SCIAC Tournament, which leaves the Sagehens in control of their own destiny. Occidental is in fourth place at 5-4, while Redlands is at 5-5 on the outside looking in at the moment. Pomona-Pitzer can clinch with two wins in their final three games, regardless of what anyone else does, but one of their last three games is at Cal Lutheran (Wednesday), which makes the Occidental contest that much more important.

The first time the two teams met back on Sept. 28, sophomore midfielder Allie Tao (Alamo, Calif. - pictured) had a game for the ages with three goals and one assist in a 4-3 Pomona-Pitzer win. The Sagehens led 4-1 with just over seven minutes to play, before the Tigers converted twice in the closing minutes to put Pomona-Pitzer under some pressure before it held on for the victory.

Senior forward Traci Lopez (Sante Fe, N.M.) enters the game on a roll with a goal in each of the last five games, giving her 10 on the season. Last week, she had game-winners in both Sagehen wins and added the only goal in a 1-1 tie with CMS. She is currently tied for second in the SCIAC with 10 goals.

The Sagehens close out the regular season next Saturday with a home game against Whittier.