CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team fell in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Tournament Championship 1-0 to Whittier College on Saturday afternoon at the Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Field.
The Sagehens advanced to the SCIAC Championship after their 2-1 win at home against the University of Redlands while Whittier advanced to the Championship as the No. 4 seed in the tournament and coming off of an upset win on the road against the No. 1 seeded Cal Lutheran Regals 3-2 in overtime.
Pomona-Pitzer and Whittier had a hard-fought first half as the Sagehens fired off five shots while the Poets took four. The Sagehens also had three corner kicks taken in the first half but neither team could find a goal as they went into halftime tied at 0-0.
The Sagehens had their big chance of the game in the 67th minute as Abby Onderwyzer Gold got inside the box and rocketed a ball past the goal keeper; however, the ball struck the bottom of the cross bar and bounced directly down on the line and bounced away from goal back into play.
Whittier responded just minutes later and scored the go-ahead goal as Leah Kolek took a deep shot from outside the box that was perfectly placed in the top of the goal to give the Poets a 1-0 lead in the 70th minute.
The Sagehens had chances late in the game with long shots from Bria VarnBuhler and Molly Mosher but Whittier goalkeeper Lyla Matar stayed solid on the night with six saves and her clean sheet along with the Kolek goal gave the Whittier Poets the SCIAC Tournament Championship and an automatic qualifier into the NCAA tournament.
With the loss, the Sagehens end their season in the SCIAC Championship and fall to 10-8-3 overall and 6-3 in SCIAC play.