Women's Soccer: No. 9 Sagehens Celebrate SCIAC Regular Season Championship After Win At Caltech

Women's Soccer: No. 9 Sagehens Celebrate SCIAC Regular Season Championship After Win At Caltech

PASADENA, CA. – The No. 9 Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team ended their season on a high-note with a 2-0 win over Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent Caltech on Saturday morning at North Field.

Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens end the regular season 15-1-1 and 11-1 in the SCIAC. 

The Sagehens were led by senior Bria VarnBuhler and first-year Hannah Mandell who each netted a goal in the win. 

A lopsided stat sheet told the story of the game as the Sagehens outshot the Beavers 30-1 throughout the 90 minutes. Despite the Sagehens' continued attacked, the game stayed level for the majority of the contest. Caltech stood their ground in the first half and went into halftime with an even score at 0-0.  It took the Sagehens until the 68th minute to find the back of the net as VarnBuhler scored on a breakaway from a pass from first-year Taylor Venenciano to give the Sagehens a 1-0 lead. That goal marked No. 15 for VarnBuhler on the year, which ties her for second most in a single season with Sara Langer and Shelley Waterworth. 

Mandell followed up with a goal in the 72nd minute to continue her great form on the pitch as senior Brianna Lau led Mandell to goal and a hard strike past the keeper gave the Sagehens a 2-0 advantage late in the day.

The Sagehen defense once again dominated play as they did not even allow a shot on goal through the 90 minutes.  The defense tallied its 14th shutout of the season, which is a program record through 17 games and is just two away from the record setting mark of the 2016 Pomona-Pitzer team. The Sagehen defense also has only allowed two goals at home this season and just five overall, which is the fewest goals allowed in program history.  

So far this senior class has totaled the most wins of any class in Pomona-Pitzer Soccer history with 55 and hold a career 38-9-7 record in conference play.  They are also the only class to earn three Regular Season SCIAC Championships. 

The Sagehens end the 2019 regular season with a program best 15 wins and a .912 win percentage as the SCIAC Regular Season Champions for the third time in the last four years and will hold home field advantage throughout the SCIAC Postseason Tournament, a Championship the Sagehens have not accomplished since the 2015 season.

Pomona-Pitzer will have a chance to set another program record as they look to become the only team to go on and win the double with a Regular Season and Tournament Championship.

Up Next: The Sagehens will next go to host the Semifinals of the SCIAC Postseason Tournament as they host the No. 4 seed on Thursday, November 7th at 2:30 p.m.