Sagehens Fall In Overtime To No. 11 Cal Lutheran, But Earn SCIAC Berth
Thousand Oaks, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team took No. 11 Cal Lutheran into overtime before falling 1-0 at the buzzer of the first extra session, but still qualified for the SCIAC Tournament.
The Sagehens fall to 9-5-1 on the season and 6-4-1 in the SCIAC with the loss, while Cal Lutheran improves to 18-1 overall and a perfect 11-0 in conference play, while picking up its ninth straight shutout. Pomona-Pitzer was the last team to score against the Regals, in a 3-1 defeat at home back on Oct. 1.
The game-winning goal was set up when Pomona-Pitzer was called for a foul with one second left in the first overtime. A card was issued on the play, stopping the clock, and Sinead Vaughan scored on the ensuing free kick as the buzzer sounded at the 100-minute mark.
Despite the tough loss, the Sagehens got some good news as Whittier upset Occidental 4-1 earlier in the evening, which clinched a SCIAC berth for Pomona-Pitzer, while Redlands upset CMS 3-1. The Occidental loss means that Pomona-Pitzer is in, but it will now have to go on the road for the semifinals on Thursday.
The Sagehens can clinch the third seed with a win over Whittier on Saturday at home in its regular season finale at 11 a.m., which would send them across Sixth Street to CMS for the semifinals. A tie or a loss, coupled with a Redlands win, would drop the Sagehens to the fourth seed and force them to go back on the road to top-seeded Cal Lutheran.
Cal Lutheran held a 12-11 edge in shots on the day, although the Sagehens had an 11-8 advantage in regulation. Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Wolfarth (Arlington, Va. - pictured) had six saves for Pomona-Pitzer, while her counterpart, Renee Standage, had six saves for the Regals.