Sagehens Beat No. 24 Hardin-Simmons To Complete Texas Trip

Sagehens Beat No. 24 Hardin-Simmons To Complete Texas Trip

San Antonio, Texas - The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team had three different players score goals as it defeated No. 24 Hardin-Simmons 3-1 at Trinity University on Sunday morning on the second day of its Texas trip. 

With the win, the Sagehens improve to 2-1 on the season after splitting its challenging road trip against two nationally ranked teams. Pomona-Pitzer fell 1-0 on the road to No. 6 Trinity on Friday and then bounced back to defeat Hardin-Simmons, which finished last season with a 16-3 record after winning its conference championship.  

"This was a great win against an important regional opponent," said Head Coach Jen Scanlon. "Our team showed a lot of heart this weekend and we can take a lot of confidence from our performance both Friday night and today, especially with the injuries we have right now".

Freshman Sabrina Wilk (pictured) got the Sagehens started when she scored her first collegiate goal late in the first half, slotting home a left-footed shot under the bar off a quick pass from fellow freshman Peri Cuppens with 4:27 left in the opening stanza.

Pomona-Pitzer kept the momentum going through halftime, as sophomore Sofia Barsher converted just 3:58 into the second half on a pass from junior Danika Bethune on a quick give and go to stretch the lead to 2-0. Bethune almost stretched it to 3-0 minutes later, but had her header on a corner kick cleared off the line by a Cowgirls defender.  

Hardin-Simmons got one of the goals back with 13:32 left as Shannon Byrd converted on a rebound after Pomona-Pitzer goalie Corey Goelz stopped her initial attempt. Bethune, though, would salt the game away with 5:34 to play off a 45-yard run to restore the two-goal margin, her second goal of the year.

The Sagehens had the better of play throughout, holding a 14-9 edge in shots. Senior goalie Annie Wedel had three saves in the first half for Pomona-Pitzer, while Goelz had two in the second half.

"Everybody who was available to play contributed something on the field, and we had great energy from the whole group," said Scanlon. "We really came together as a team this weekend, which is just as important as the results." 

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action next weekend when it hosts Biola on Saturday at 11 a.m. as part of its 30th Anniversary Alumni Weekend.