Thompson Strikes Late For 1-0 Win Over Whittier

Thompson Strikes Late For 1-0 Win Over Whittier

Whittier, Calif. - Sophomore forward Sam Thompson (Huntington Beach, Calif.) scored with 7:39 left in the game off a feed from junior defender Ari Sanchez (Highland, Calif. - pictured) to give Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team a 1-0 road win over Whittier on Wednesday.

The win was crucial to the Sagehens postseason hopes, as they were able to keep pace with Chapman (a 3-1 winner over La Verne) and remain a half-game out of fourth place (the top four teams qualify for the SCIAC Tournament). Pomona-Pitzer is now 6-6-1 overall and 5-5-1 in the SCIAC with three games left to play in the regular season.

The game-winning goal was set up as Sanchez played a through ball up the middle. Thompson was able to beat the Whittier defense to it, and lobbed a shot over the head of Poet goalkeeper Shanna Falch and into the net, the second straight game she has scored a goal (she also had one in a 2-1 loss to Cal Lutheran on Saturday). 

The 1-0 win also marked the first collegiate shutout for Helena Epps (Santa Cruz, Calif.), who did not have to make a save, although she got a little help from her proverbial best friend as Whittier's Madison Shipherd hit the post in the third minute. After that, the Sagehen defense settled in and held Whittier to only three shot attempts over 90 minutes, none of which were on net.

The shutout was also the first for Pomona-Pitzer this season after giving up exactly one goal to every one of its opponents, except Cal Lutheran (which scored two in both meetings).

Pomona-Pitzer finished with an 8-3 edge in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks, while Falch ended with three saves for the Poets.

The Sagehens will be back in action on Saturday for an 11 a.m. home contest against Occidental, which will also serve as Senior Day for the program's four seniors, including starting defenders Jordan Bryant (Pomona, Calif.), Claire Mueller (Lincoln, Neb.), Anika Burrell (Ridgefield, Wash.) and forward Claudia Zaugg (San Diego, Calif.).