Women's Soccer: Sagehens Claim SCIAC Regular Season Title

Women's Soccer: Sagehens Claim SCIAC Regular Season Title

REDLANDS, Calif. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team beat the Redlands Bulldogs 2-0 Wednesday night and with the win claim the SCIAC Regular Season Championship.

This is the Sagehens first SCIAC Regular Season Championship since 2005.

Season Impact: The win guarantees the Sagehens home field advantage throughout the SCIAC Tournament and extends their record to 13-1-2 overall and 11-0-2 in SCIAC play. The 13 wins ties the Sagehens' record for the most wins in a season.

Pomona-Pitzer extends their win streak to nine games. The Sagehens have not been scored on during the stretch.

The Sagehens have been dominant in the conference play all season, leading the SCIAC in goals with 30, assists with 21, and have been scored on just three times in SCIAC play, by far the lowest in the conference.

"We've found different ways to win games all season," said Head Coach Jennifer Scanlon. "Tonight it was gritty defense, possessing well in the midfield and good combination play up top." 

Following a foul by the Bulldogs, Jamie Kerester gathered a pass on the left side of the field, drove into the box and crossed the ball to Natasha Thornton-Clark who beat the defender and slid the ball past the keeper for the early lead. Thornton-Clark is coming off a stand out performance last week that earned her SCIAC Athlete of the Week honors.

Senior Danika Bethune extended Pomona-Pitzer's lead to 2-0 in the 58th minute on a pass from Peri Cuppens.

Corey Goelz recorded seven saves in the game. The senior improves her save percentage to a national leading .964 and her goals against average to a SCIAC leading .17.

"These seniors deserve this championship," said Scanlon. "They've been close throughout their careers and they have led us all season. I'm very proud of this group and excited to see what we can do in the postseason."

Next Game: The Sagehens close out the regular season this Saturday down the road at the Univeristy of La Verne. Game time is set for 7 p.m.