Tao's Goal Gives Sagehens A 2-1 Win Over Chapman

Tao's Goal Gives Sagehens A 2-1 Win Over Chapman

Orange, Calif. - Junior forward Allie Tao (Alamo, Calif. - pictured) broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 59th minute to give the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team a 2-1 win over Chapman on Saturday evening.

With the win, the Sagehens level their record at 2-2 on the year and 1-1 in the SCIAC, after falling on an own goal in overtime to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in their conference opener on Wednesday.

The game-winning goal was set up when sophomore midfielder Nicole Quilliam (Menlo Park, Calif.) played a long ball into the left corner. Tao was isolated in a one-on-one battle with a Chapman defender, and was able to win the battle and push the ball into the penalty area. No help defense was nearby, so Tao dribbled back towards the middle of the box to give herself a better angle, and easily slipped a 10-yard shot past helpless Chapman goalkeeper Marissa Fehrman.

Tao also helped set up the first goal of the game in the early minutes as she took a shot that was blocked by a Chapman defender. In the ensuing scramble for the loose ball, freshman forward Ying Fry (San Francisco, Calif.) was able to get possession from 15 yards out and slot a shot into the right side of the net for her first collegiate goal.

The score held at 1-0 until halftime, but Chapman wasted no time in leveling the score. The Panthers went down off the opening kickoff and drew a corner kick. Two times in a row, the Sagehens were the first ones to the corner kick and deflected it back out of bounds over the end line. The third time was the charm for Chapman, though, as Karina Cisneros headed in the corner from Jordan Royer just 1:27 into the second stanza.

Pomona-Pitzer was able to assert itself the rest of the way, though, finishing with an 8-3 edge in shots. Annie Wedel (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) had one save to get the win, although her best play was not a save at all, as she smothered a low cross late in the first half with two Chapman players unmarked at the far post.

Pomona-Pitzer returns to action on Wednesday for a big SCIAC contest against defending league champion Cal Lutheran at 4 p.m.