Women's Soccer: No. 10 Sagehens Look To Repeat Success In 2017

Women's Soccer: No. 10 Sagehens Look To Repeat Success In 2017

CLAREMONT, CA. – The No. 10 Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team looks to repeat as Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Champions in 2017.

After coming off of the two best seasons in program history, Head Coach Jennifer Scanlon is looking to keep that trend going in 2017. Over the past two seasons the Sagehens have earned a SCIAC Championship, SCIAC Tournament Championship, two NCAA appearance, one Elite 8 appearance and had their first two All-Americans in program history.

The Sagehens said goodbye to their most winningest class in 2016 but return five seniors in Natasha Thornton-Clark, Lindsay Piwinski, Abby Onderwyzer Gold, Molly Mosher and Ellie Harris who will provide the team with valuable experience.

Onderwyzer Gold returns for her senior season after earning First Team All-SCIAC honors. She led the Sagehens in the midfield last season as she appeared in 21 games and had 15 points on five goals and five assists. Thornton-Clark earned Second Team All-SCIAC honors as she also collected 15 points on six goals and three assists.

Mosher, Harris and Piwinski will help hold the back line for the Sagehens this season and try to follow up a defense that did not allow a goal at home throughout the entire regular season.

Pomona-Pitzer has five juniors this season on the roster with four returners in Sara Sherburne, Lindsay Mooradian, Peri Cuppens and Melissa Hooke and also welcome in transfer Sarah Jones.

Sherburne, Mooradian and Cuppens all were key players off of the bench last season for the Sagehens. Sherburne and Mooradian came on in the midfield last season as they each appeared in 19 games. Cuppens provided the Sagehens with a spark on offense as she appeared in 22 games and made only three starts but led the Sagehens in goals with nine and points with 19 earning herself Second Team All-SCIAC honors. Hooke and Jones will look to break into the lineup this season. Hooke missed all of 2016, but played in 19 games as a freshman in 2015. Jones started every single game for Portland as a freshman in the midfield and appeared in 15 games during her sophomore season.

The Sagehens largest class is the sophomores who have eight players on the roster for this season. Among those is standout reigning SCIAC Newcomer of the Year Brianna Lau. Lau earned Second Team All-West Region and First Team All-SCIAC last season as a defender as well as notched seven points with three goals and one assist.

The Sagehens have two more junior defenders in Noelle Mitchell and Christie Lee to help bolster their back line and two junior midfielders in Bria VarnBuhler and Megan Kuo as well as two junior forwards in Lily Gane and Vanessa Blaylock.

VarnBuhler started 15 games last season for the Sagehens and appeared in 21 games while putting up 12 points with five goals and two assists in the midfield while Kuo came off the bench to appear in 20 games last year. Gane saw time in 17 games and registered three goals while Blaylock appeared in 13 games in 2016. Isa Berardo also comes back as the only returning goalkeeper for the Sagehens this season. Berardo appeared in nine games last season and collected 14 saves with only three goals against and one shutout.

Pomona-Pitzer brings in six freshmen in Madden McDonnell, Kira Matthews, Isabel James, Chloe Hamer, Kendall Shein and Raye Gleekel who will all look to make an impact in their first collegiate seasons with the Sagehens.

The team opens up the year at home as they host Puget Sound for their home opener on Friday, September 1st at 4:00 p.m.