The No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team is set to make their third trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last five seasons as they take on St. Scholastica in the opening round this Saturday at 12:00 p.m. PST.
About the Game
The Sagehens (17-1-1) captured the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCAIC) Tournament title on Saturday. It marked the first time in program history it swept both the SCIAC regular season and tournament championships. Pomona-Pitzer is ranked eighth in the most recent United Soccer Coaches Division III rankings.
The Saints (14-7-0) won their 14th Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Tournament championship on Saturday defeating the University of Northwestern (Minn.) 4-1 to capture the conference's automatic qualifier.
Record Setting Season
The Sagehens have had a number of records set already to this point in the season.
- 2019 marked the first time in program history that the Sagehens captured both the Regular Season Title and SCIAC Championship
- The Sagehens have won 3 of the past 4 Regular Season Titles and won the SCIAC Tournament Championship in 2015 as the No. 4 seed in the SCIAC Tournament.
- The Sagehens tied their program record for wins in a single season with 17
- Tied the program record for shutouts in a single season with 18
- Senior Bria VarnBuhler is one goal shy of tying the single season record with 18 goals
Pomona-Pitzer's deepest run in the NCAA Tournament came in 2016 when they were defeated in the Elite 8 by Chicago in PK's.
How To Follow
The Sagehens will play at 12:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, November 16th
Opening Round Schedule
Pomona-Pitzer will face the College of St. Scholastica at 12 p.m. PST Saturday at Wartburg Soccer Field, followed by Wartburg versus Concordia University Wisconsin at 2:30 p.m. PST The winners will advance to the second round with a 2 p.m. PST kickoff on Sunday.
- Saturday, Nov. 16, 12 p.m. — (No. 8/9) Pomona-Pitzer vs. St. Scholastica
- Saturday, Nov. 16, 2 p.m. — Wartburg vs. Concordia (Wis.)
- Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m. — Winner of Pomona-Pitzer/St. Scholastica vs. Winner of Wartburg/Concordia (Wis.)
About The Tournament
Forty-three conferences were awarded automatic qualification for the 2019 championship. One team was selected from Pool B, which consists of independent institutions, as well as members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. The final 20 berths were reserved for Pool C, which includes institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that did not win their conference championship and any remaining Pool B teams.
Sixteen four-team sites will conduct first- and second-round play on the first weekend of the championship, November 15 and 16 or 16 and 17. Second-round winners will advance to one of four sectional sites November 22 and 23 or 23 and 24. All games, except the semifinals and final, will be played on the campuses of competing institutions. Winners of the four sectionals will advance to the semifinals December 6 and 7, at UNCG Soccer Stadium in Greensboro, North Carolina, with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Greensboro Sports Foundation serving as hosts.
Log on to NCAA.com for more information regarding the 2019 championship, including the complete bracket with dates and sites.