Armenta Helps No. 17 Cal Lutheran Pull Past Sagehens

Armenta Helps No. 17 Cal Lutheran Pull Past Sagehens

Claremont, Calif. - Lindsay Armenta scored a pair of first half goals to break open a 1-1 tie as the No. 17 Cal Lutheran Women's Soccer team earned a 3-1 win over Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday morning.

With the win, the Regals improve to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in the SCIAC. Pomona-Pitzer slips to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in league play.

Senior forward Traci Lopez (Santa Fe, N.M.) pulled the Sagehens even in the 21st minute with her sixth goal of the season. Freshman midfielder Nicole Quilliam (Atherton, Calif.) played a perfect long ball over the top of the Cal Lutheran defense that took a high bounce and found Lopez cutting in between two defenders. Regals goalkeeper Renee Standage (Denver, Colo.) came off her line, but Lopez got there first and slipped a 15-yard shot past her into the empty net (goal celebration pictured).

Armenta, though, broke the tie just under 10 minutes later when she stole the ball near the sideline 35 yards from goal. She cut back to the middle of the field and stuck a line drive from five yards outside the box that went straight into the upper-right corner.

With just over three minutes left in the half, Armenta tacked on her second one when she headed in a 35-yard free kick from Nicole Rains (North Kingstown, R.I.)  near the left sideline. The kick sailed over a cluster of players to the far post, and Armenta headed in back across the goalmouth, off the left post and into the net.

She nearly had a hat trick, as she hit the crossbar from 15 yards midway though the second half. Sophomore midfielder Allie Tao (Alamo, Calif.) missed high from the top of the box twice in the second half with good chances for the Sagehens, while senior midfielder Rachel Eckerlin (Shoreline, Wash.) had a blast from 25 yards sail just over the upper-left corner.

The Regals finished with a 13-5 edge in shots, as Standage did not have to make a save. Emma Wolfarth (Arlington, Va.) had four saves for the Sagehens.  

Pomona-Pitzer will next be in action when it travels to Whittier on Wednesday to complete the first half of conference play.