Sagehens Finish Strong, Settle For 1-1 Tie With Cal Lutheran

Sagehens Finish Strong, Settle For 1-1 Tie With Cal Lutheran

Claremont, Calif. - Freshman Abby Onderwyzer Gold (pictured) scored in the 82nd minute to tie the score as the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team settled for a 1-1 draw with Cal Lutheran on Wednesday afternoon in a battle of two of the top three teams in the SCIAC. 

The tie moves Pomona-Pitzer to 7-5-4 overall and 5-2-4 in the SCIAC, while Cal Lutheran moves to 10-4-3 and 7-2-2 in league play. The Regals are now 8-0-2 in their last 10 games, with both blemishes in that span coming in ties against the Sagehens, with the last one a 1-1 draw in Thousand Oaks on Sept. 27 (which saw Onderwyzer Gold tie the score in the 85th minute). 

Cal Lutheran scored early in Wednesday's contest at the 6:06 mark when Bianca Deardorff got to a through ball from Katie Moyer along the right edge of the box, and took a shot from a sharp angle that got through to the far side and tucked inches inside the post. 

That goal wouldn't be answered until 8:17 left when Onderwyzer Gold put a shot inches inside the same post. Her shot came from straightaway from about 12 yards out after she one-timed a failed clear attempt from the Cal Lutheran defense following a Pomona-Pitzer cross into the box. 

The Sagehens ended the game a bit frustrated with their luck, as they hit the post twice, once on a header from junior defender Taylor Fortson off a direct kick in the second half, and then on a would-be golden goal from Amanda Coba in the second overtime.

Coba was able to get in behind the Cal Lutheran defense and took a shot from the top of the 18, which was just deflected by onrushing Regals goalkeeper Kristin Bailey. The ball still got through and rolled across the front of the empty net, causing the Sagehen bench to erupt thinking the game was about to end, but instead the ball rolled all the way across the line, hit the far post and stayed out. 

The loose ball then sat tantalizingly in the goalmouth, as Coba continued on and tried to knock it in with a slide tackle, but she arrived at the same time as Cal Lutheran defender Mallory Carcich, who stood her ground and denied the second shot attempt. Bailey then recovered back into the play and scooped up the loose ball to end the frantic scramble. 

Onderwyzer Gold was also close to a dramatic win in the final seconds of regulation as she was played in behind the Cal Lutheran defense. However, the ball was moving away from her, and she wasn't quite able to get around the ball to get enough power on the 12-yard shot, and Bailey was able to make the routine save with four seconds left on the clock. 

Cal Lutheran had a big chance of its own in the first overtime on a counter, as the ball came up the right side and a cross was sent across the top of the six-yard box. Sagehen goalie Annie Wedel came off her line to try to dive for it, but it just eluded her reach and Nicole Campbell was the first to it on the weak side with the net empty, but missed wide right by about six inches.  

Pomona-Pitzer finished with a 19-13 edge in shots, with the narrow spread mostly coming in overtime, when the Sagehens took five shots to one for the Regals. Bailey had seven saves for Cal Lutheran, while Wedel finished with three.

Pomona-Pitzer is back in action on Saturday when it travels to Chapman for a 7 p.m. contest.