GREENSBORO, NC. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team had their incredible season come to an end in the Final Four with a 2-0 loss against William Smith on Friday afternoon at UNCG Soccer Stadium.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens end their 2019 season at 20-2-2 overall with an appearance in the Final Four.
The Sagehens have set numerous records this season including most wins in program history (20), highest winning percentage (.875), most SCIAC wins (12), shutouts in a single season (20) and deepest run in the NCAA Tournament with the team's first ever appearance in the Final Four.
The Sagehens and Herons met for a shot to go to the National Championship in the battle of the birds. Pomona-Pitzer and William Smith started out in a defensive battle but the Herons held a slight advantage in possession throughout the first half. William Smith outshot the Sagehens 7-1 in the first half and had three shots on goal, but senior goalkeeper Isa Berardo kept a clean sheet in the first half to keep the match even at 0-0 heading into halftime.
William Smith broke through the Sagehen defense early on in the second half and took an early lead in the 50th minute after the Herons made their way through the midfield and got themselves a one-on-one chance to take a 1-0 lead.
The Herons doubled up their lead just over six minutes later after a cross was headed in from just in front of goal to give William Smith a 2-0 lead in the second half.
The Sagehens battled back on offense and got themselves some great looks at goal. Senior Bria VarnBuhler had a chance in the 64th minute but a big save by the William Smith keeper kept the Herons up 2-0. The Sagehens had another big opportunity just over a minute later as senior Brianna Lau placed a ball towards the lower left goal but had it clank off of the post and bounced away to keep the Sagehens off of the scoreboard.
The Sagehens continued to battle late in the game but could not overcome the two goal deficit as Pomona-Pitzer fell in the NCAA Semifinals.