Bethune Strikes Early In Overtime As Sagehens Defeat CMS

Bethune Strikes Early In Overtime As Sagehens Defeat CMS

Claremont, Calif. – Freshman Danika Bethune (pictured) got in behind the defense 2:05 into the first overtime for the game-winning goal, as the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 2-1 on Wednesday evening at Pritzlaff Field.

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 4-1-1 overall and 2-1 in the SCIAC. CMS falls to 1-5-2 overall and 0-2-1 in the league.

The game-winning goal was set up by senior forward Allie Tao, who played a through ball into towards the left edge of the box. Bethune took one dribble and slipped a low shot that tucked under onrushing goalie Hannah Dunham and into the net, giving her the game-winning goal in both of Pomona-Pitzer's SCIAC games (after also scoring in a 1-0 win over La Verne last week).

Pomona-Pitzer took the lead late in the first half, as Julia Dohner headed in a cross from freshman Jamie Kerester in the 43rd minute to give the Sagehens a 1-0 lead. Kerester got the ball deep along the right sideline and was able to turn the corner past the CMS defense. The cross drifted to the far post over the head of Dunham, and Dohner as able to sneak in at the far post and head the ball home.

Pomona-Pitzer held a 4-0 edge in shots in the first half, as goalkeeper Annie Wedel did not have to make a save, although she did come off her line a couple times to thwart dangerous through balls.

The second half saw CMS become much more dangerous, as the Athenas nearly tied it with just over 20 minutes to play. Elizabeth Augustine got loose into the box and took a shot that was deflected by Wedel. The ball still had enough to get through towards the empty net, but sophomore defender Taylor Fortson hustled back and barely cleared it before it crossed over for the tying goal.

The Athenas would get their equalizer with 2:26 to play on a free kick after a foul outside the right edge of the box. Lauren Phillips took the kick and bent an outswinger to the far post, where Hannah Rosenberg was able to crash in from the weak side and head it home from inside the six-yard box to level the score 1-1.

The Sagehens finished with a 12-8 edge in shots and a 5-2 edge in shots on goal, as Wedel made one save while Dunham had three.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Saturday when it hosts Chapman at 4 p.m. in another SCIAC match.