Big Second Half Propels Sagehens To 3-1 Win

Big Second Half Propels Sagehens To 3-1 Win

Claremont, Calif. - Junior Charlotte Fisken (Seattle, Wash.), sophomore Dana Christensen (San Diego, Calif.) and freshman Julia Dohner (Bethesda, Md. - pictured) all scored their first collegiate goals to lead the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team to a 3-1 win over La Verne on Wednesday.

With the win, Pomona-Pitzer improves to 4-4-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the SCIAC as it solidifies its place in the top four in the conference standings at the midway point (the top four teams qualify for the SCIAC Tournament). La Verne falls to 4-6 overall and 1-6 in the SCIAC with the loss.

The score was tied 0-0 at the half, as Pomona-Pitzer outshot La Verne 12-3, and narrowly missed scoring on several occasions, including a Dohner chip shot that hit the crossbar. However, the Sagehens pounced quickly in the second half, as Fisken scored on a one-touch shot off crossing passes from senior Claudia Zaugg (San Diego, Calif.) and Rachel Keyser (Seattle, Wash.) at the 48:44 mark.

Christensen extended the lead to 2-0 at the 55:58 mark, when she scored an unassisted goal off a deflection in the box. The Sagehens appeared to be cruising to a win at that point, but La Verne was able to strike for a goal on their first shot of the second half, as Linda Kommel headed in a cross from Marisella Macias with 8:20 to play in the game.

However, just over two minutes later, with 6:16 to go, Dohner put the game away when she scored at the top of the 18-yard box. La Verne attempted to clear the ball, but sophomore Carly Nathan (San Francisco, Calif.) deflected it right to Dohner at the top of the box. Dohner then picked out the lower-left corner and sent a shot past the dive of goalkeeper Delanie Pacheco to make the final score 3-1.

Freshman Helena Epps (Santa Cruz, Calif.) made her first start in goal and earned the win, but did not have to make a save as Pomona-Pitzer held a 23-4 edge in shots and a 4-0 edge in corner kicks. Pacheco had six saves for the Leopards.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action when it hosts CMS on Saturday for an 11 a.m. contest.