Women's Soccer: Sagehens Advance To Elite 8 With 3-0 Win Over No. 7 Whitewater

Women's Soccer: Sagehens Advance To Elite 8 With 3-0 Win Over No. 7 Whitewater

WHITEWATER, WI. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team defeated No. 7 Wisconsin-Whitewater 3-0 in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon.

This is the first Elite 8 appearance in Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer history and also the highest ranked team the Sagehens have defeated under head coach Jennifer Scanlon.

The Sagehens were led by junior Abby Onderwyzer Gold who tallied two goals in the win and notched her first multi-goal game of her collegiate career.

Pomona-Pitzer and Whitewater had a very even first half as both goalkeepers came up with big saves. The Warhawks had an early opportunity just 10 minutes into the first half as Whitewater had an indirect free kick inside the box that was stopped by senior goalkeeper Corey Goelz.

The Sagehens turned around and had two scoring chances as Onderwyzer Gold just missed wide on a shot attempt and senior Danika Bethune had a shot blocked by the Warhawks' goalkeeper.

Pomona-Pitzer broke the 0-0 tie in the 57th minute as Onderwyzer Gold headed in a cross from senior Katie Tao as the Sagehens played from in front.

The Sagehens extended their lead just 10 minutes later as freshman Bria VarnBuhler settled a ball in the box and found the back of the net to take a 2-0 lead over the Warhawks.

The Sagehens added their final goal of the game as senior Alyssa Kim played a through ball that sprung Onderwyzer Gold on a breakaway as she beat the keeper to extend the Pomona-Pitzer lead to 3-0.

Pomona-Pitzer held the Warhawks scoreless for the first time this season and the Sagehen defense tallied their 16th shutout of the year. 

Up Next: The Sagehens will face the University of Chicago in the Elite 8 on Sunday, November 20th at 1:00 p.m. CT