CMS Upsets Sagehens In SCIAC Semifinals

CMS Upsets Sagehens In SCIAC Semifinals

Claremont, Calif. - Shaundra Ullman scored in the 54th minute for the game's only goal as third-seeded CMS defeated second-seeded Pomona-Pitzer 1-0 in the SCIAC semifinals on Thursday afternoon at Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Stadium.

With the win, the Athenas improve to 9-8-3 and move on to the SCIAC finals on Saturday against the winner of the semifinal between Cal Lutheran and Chapman this evening. Pomona-Pitzer falls to 13-4-1 and will await a possible NCAA at-large selection.

The only goal came on a turnover deep in Pomona-Pitzer's defensive end. Ullman stole the ball and slipped in between two defenders for a breakaway. Freshman goalie Corey Goelz came off her line, but Ullman was able to flick the ball with the outside of her right foot and spin a shot just inside the right post.

The Sagehens never had a great chance to tie the rest of the way, as the CMS defense bottled up most Pomona-Pitzer offensive chances. Athena goalie Hannah Dunham was tested late on a cross from freshman Aminah Luqman, but she was able to get a hand on the cross to punch it away from danger with two Sagehens lurking at the far post.

Pomona-Pitzer's best chance came in the first half, as Danika Bethune (pictured) one-timed a cross from senior midfielder Allie Tao that beat Dunham cleanly. However the ball hit square off the far post and bounced out, keeping the game scoreless.

Dunham finished with three saves for CMS to get the shutout, while Goelz did not have a save as the only Athena shot on target was the goal. CMS did have a 7-6 edge in shots, while Pomona-Pitzer had a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.

If the Sagehens do not get a bid to the NCAA Tournament, they will still end the season with a school-record 13 wins, breaking the old mark of 11 set by the 2005 squad.