Sagehens Take Late Lead, But Cal Lutheran Rallies In SCIAC Semis

Sagehens Take Late Lead, But Cal Lutheran Rallies In SCIAC Semis

Thousand Oaks, Calif. - Sophomore Danika Bethune (pictured) gave Pomona-Pitzer a 1-0 lead in the 74th minute, but Cal Lutheran tied the score 33 seconds later and added the game-winner with 8:39 left to come back for a 2-1 win in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament Semifinals on Wednesday evening. 

Bianca Deardoff scored the game-winner for the Regals, who improve to 13-5-3 on the year and move on to host Saturday's finals against fourth-seeded Redlands, which upset CMS 1-0 in the other semifinal. Pomona-Pitzer ends its season at 10-6-4. 

Bethune put a perfect strike into the upper-right corner from five yards outside the box to put the Sagehens ahead 1-0 with just 16:42 to play. However, Cal Lutheran came right back almost off the kickoff as Kali Youngdahl played a cross in front of the net and Katelyn Kimball fought off the Pomona-Pitzer defense in front of the net to finish. 

Sofia Barsher almost put the Sagehens ahead in the 80th minute with a strike from inside the top edge of the box, but Kristin Bailey was able to tip it over the bar, and the Regals defense was able to head the ensuing corner kick away.

Just two minutes later, Cal Lutheran would come up with the game-winner as Youngdahl brought the ball into the offensive third on a 1-on-3. The Sagehen defense walled her off at the top of the 18, but Deardorff came flying in down the middle in support, received a pass from Youngdahl, took one quick dribble around Sagehen goalie Annie Wedel, and slotted the ball into the empty net to make the score 2-1 with 8:39 left. 

The Regals defense was then able to protect the lead down the stretch as Pomona-Pitzer was unable to get a shot off in the final minutes. Both teams finished the game with eight shots, as Wedel had five saves for the Sagehens and Bailey had three for the Regals.

Pomona-Pitzer's senior class of Amanda Coba, Sara Ach, Nicole Quilliam and Rachel Keyser finishes their careers as the only class to qualify for the SCIAC Postseason Tournament four years in a row.