WAVERLY, IA. -- The No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team survived the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament after their 1-0 win over Wartburg in the Second Round on Sunday afternoon at the Wartburg Soccer Field.
Season Impact: with the win, the Sagehens improve on their record setting season and move to 19-1-1 overall. The only time the Sagehens reached further than the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament was in 2016 when they reached the Elite 8.
The Sagehens were led by sophomore Anna Ponzio who scored the only goal of the day in the win. Senior Isa Berardo continued their shutout streak as they now have not given up a goal in seven-straight games.
So far Pomona-Pitzer has scored within the first 10 minutes of every postseason game this season, NCAA and SCIAC, and kept that trend alive today as Ponzio settled a ball in the box and danced around the keeper to give the Sagehens a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute.
Muddy conditions slowed down both offenses in the first half but the Sagehen defense made it difficult for the Knights to get any scoring chances in the first 45 minutes.
As the game went on conditions got worse on the field and made it harder for either team to get their offense going. The Sagehens had a few chances to add one to their lead in the second half but couldn't find the shots to fall as they clung on to a 1-0 lead.
Pomona-Pitzer dominated possession in the second half and the defense stood strong as they tallied their 18th shutout of the season to propel the Sagehens into the Sweet Sixteen.
Up Next: The Sagehens will await their next location in the NCAA Tournament but will take on the University of Chicago.