CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer women's soccer team were held to a stalemate as they drew 0-0 in double overtime with cross-street rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Wednesday night at Pritzlaff Field. It was their fourth consecutive shutout of the season.
SEASON IMPACT: The tie gives the Sagehens an 8-4-2 overall record and 5-2-2 in SCIAC play as they remain second in the standing.
Sophomore Isa Berardo secured her third shutout of the season, making six saves during the match. Abby Onderwyzer Gold had two shot attempts that almost put the Sagehens ahead, but were well-saved by the Athenas' Claire Hamson who finished the night with four saves.
The majority of the first half looked like a stalemate as neither side were able to generate a clean look at goal. The Sagehens tried to string passes in the middle, but the Athenas kept breaking up their combination play. On the defensive end, the Sagehens denied CMS from finding entry to the box and forced them to difficult shots from distance.
In the 36th minute The Athenas almost broke free on a counter, but the Sagehens committed a foul in their half to break up the attack. CMS' Rhiann Holman took the free kick and tried to flick a pass in front of the box. Berardo caught the ball off one bounce before the Athenas' Aarthi Namasivayam could get a foot on it.
The Athenas finished the half with 10 shots, but Berardo and the Sagehens' defense looked organized as they denied giving CMS quality opportunities.
Six minutes into the second half, senior Abby Onderwyzer Gold almost took the lead after received a through pass and dribbling past the Athenas' backline. Gold took the ball towards the middle of the box and launched a hard shot close to the net, but the CMS keeper Hamson managed to tip the ball over the crossbar and out of bounds.
Later in the 60th minute, Sarah Tocher of CMS received a pass in the Sagehen's box and attempted a shot, but Berardo ran out and stuffed the shot attempt at point blank, securing the ball.
In the 68th minute, sophomore Bria Varnbuhler whipped a line drive shot from distance, but her attempt sailed straight to Hamson's gloves. Three minute later, sophomore Lily Gane received the ball in the Athenas' box and ripped a shot at goal, but was unlucky as her attempt was blocked by the leaping Hamson. With 49 seconds remaining, Gane slipped a short pass to sophomore Megan Kuo in the box. Kuo had her sights set on a game-winner, but her one-touch shot went right as the match went to overtime.
After an uneventful first overtime, both teams had their chances at goal but struggled to convert. Berardo picked up an easy save from the Athenas' only shot in second overtime at the 107th minute. In the 109th minute, Gold took a long pass into the box and went for a quick turnaround shot, but her attempt rolled into the keeper's hands. Neither team got a shot off as the final whistle blew to signal a draw.