CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer Team secured a 2-1 victory over the University of Redlands on Thursday afternoon to advance to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Final. Lily Gane scored the opening goal in the 12th minute for the Sagehens and Natasha Thornton-Clark got the game-winner in the 76th minute.
Season Impact: The victory sets the Sagehens up for a SCIAC Final matchup against Whittier College on Saturday, November 4.
The Sagehens worked hard at finding passing lanes and denying Redlands opportunities in the box all game. Isa Berardo provided steady hands at goal, making seven saves. Brianna Lau proved to be the key catalyst to the Sagehens' offense, assisting on both Gane and Thornton-Clark's goals.
The first half got off to a hot start for the Sagehens. In the 12th minute Brianna Lau received a pass raced down the right wing, dribbled towards the right edge of the box and delivered a cross. Gane raced towards the ball and connected on a header that went to the left side of the net past the diving keeper to make it 1-0.
Unfortunately, the lead was short-lived. Right after kickoff, the Bulldogs copied off the Hens' playbook, as Madison Mills delivered a cross from the right wing and Rachel Tungol connected on a header to even the score.
Redlands continued to attack, but couldn't deliver a threatening strike at goal as Berardo saved several shots at ease. Later in the 32nd minute, Abby Onderwyzer-Gold almost gave the Sagehens back the lead with a strike just inside the box past a defender, but the shot sailed just over the keeper and the net.
The second half started off quietly as neither sides produced a clear scoring opportunity to take the lead. The Sagehens almost came close in the 75th minute and Sarah Jones took a shot from outside the box, but her long distance attempt came close as the opposing keeper jumped to tip it away. However, more than a minute later, Brianna Lau darted past several defenders in the right wing and dribbled into the right side of the box. She slipped a short pass to the racing Thornton-Clark who went took a few dribbles in front of the keeper and slipped a quick shot into the net to make it 2-1.
Redlands tried to mount a comeback, but the Sagehens defense and midfield did an excellent job containing the Bulldogs, limiting them to only one shot until the final whistle.
Up Next: The Sagehens will stay home to host Whittier College for the SCIAC Tournament Final on Saturday, November 4 at 12 PM.