CLAREMONT, CA. – Isa Berardo of the Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Team earned the distinction of posting the lowest goals against average (GAA) and best save percentage in the country this past season. The junior proved to be among the elite goalkeepers in the country, recording a .182 GAA, allowing only three goals in the season in 1487 total minutes played. Berardo also posted a .944 save percentage, saving 51 shots out of 54 attempts.
"This is such an impressive accomplishment for Isa and it's a first for our program," said Head Coach Jennifer Scanlon. "To lead the country in not just one, but two goalkeeping categories, is amazing. No doubt that Isa was a huge part of our stellar defense and our team's success this season. And Isa sets such a high bar for what we want this program to be about and what it takes to be successful at this level, so it's awesome to have them be recognized in this way."
The Sagehens' defense as a whole had one of their best statistical seasons in program history. During the 2018 season, the Sagehens only allowed seven goals in 19 games, recording a .36 GAA. This record triumphs the defensive metrics of the 2016 team that reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA, which posted a .38 GAA and allowed nine goals in 22 games. The Sagehens finished this season seventh in the country in GAA. In addition to Berardo, the Sagehens' defense also had First Team All-West Region player Sarah Jones and Second Team All-SCIAC Brianna Lau.
"It feels incredible to have earned this award, but I can't stress enough how much of a team effort this award really is," said Berardo. "The collective hard work of our outstanding defense and the persistent mentality of the team as a whole was an incredible contribution to our overall success that I never want to go unnoticed. I feel privileged and fortunate to have earned this award, but I really couldn't have done it without the determination and grit from every other player on our team, and for that, I feel immensely fortunate."