CLAREMONT, CA. – The No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team claimed the 2019 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Tournament Championship with their 3-0 win over Cal Lutheran on Saturday afternoon at the Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Field.
Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens have won the SCIAC Double (Regular Season Title and SCIAC Tournament Championship) for the first time in program history and the first SCIAC school to win the double since Cal Lutheran did it in 2011. The Sagehens set two SCIAC Tournament Records as they tallied the most goals in the SCIAC Tournament with eight and held the largest goal differential in tournament history with eight as well. The Sagehens have also matched the 2016 team for program wins in a single season with 17 and shutouts in a single season with 18.
Your 2019 SCIAC Tournament Champions pic.twitter.com/pqrTSccxeH— Sagehens (@Sagehens) November 9, 2019
Senior Isa Berardo was awarded the SCIAC Tournament Most Valuable Player as they recorded two shutouts and nine saves between the two games.
The Sagehens were led on offense by SCIAC Player of the Year senior Bria VarnBuhler who notched two goals in the win. Varnbuhler moves into second for single-season goals in program history with 18. Junior Chloe Hamer had a goal and an assist in the win while sophomore Ciannah Correa recorded an assist as well.
Pomona-Pitzer has exploded out of the gate in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament and got on the board quick again in the championship. The Sagehens found the back of the net in the fifth minute of the game after Hamer sprinted down the right wing and curled in a perfect cross to the head of VarnBuhler in front of goal to give the Sagehens a 1-0 lead.
After going down by an early goal, the Regals pressed the Sagehens in search of an equalizer goal. The Sagehen defense has been nearly impossible to score on this season, but Cal Lutheran had a few good chances to potentially tie the game. Berardo came away with a few big stops and another few high shots by the Regals kept the score at 1-0 in favor of the Sagehens.
Hamer came back down the right wing in the 18th minute for the Sagehens and did it herself this time as the junior placed an absolute perfect ball in the far back corner of the goal to leave the goalkeeper helpless to extend the lead to 2-0.
The Sagehens have never lost a game this season after starting with a lead and were not about to start now. Pomona-Pitzer came out of halftime determined to find another goal. After a few good scoring chances, the Sagehens found their third goal of the day as Correa led VarnBuhler to goal and slotted it perfectly past the keeper as the Sagehens took a 3-0 lead in the 50th minute.
Pomona-Pitzer comfortably controlled the final 40 minutes of the game and were crowned with their first SCIAC Tournament Championship since 2015.
Postgame interview with SCIAC Coach of the Year, Jen Scanlon. pic.twitter.com/pfPZU3g80J— Sagehens (@Sagehens) November 9, 2019
Up Next: The Sagehens will await their opponent and destination in the upcoming NCAA Tournament with the selection show on Monday, November 11th at 10:00 a.m.