CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team drew against non-conference opponent No. 20 MIT 0-0 in double overtime on Sunday morning at the Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Field.
Season Impact: with the draw, the Sagehens move to 1-0-1 on the year.
The Sagehens and Engineers played a very tightly contested match as both teams registered 15 shots with eight on frame for the Sagehens and six on target for MIT. Each team earned three corners and just three fouls separated the two teams.
Senior Isa Berardo played all 110 minutes inside of goal for Pomona-Pitzer and registered their first solo shutout of the season as they moved to 1-0-1 on the year. The Engineers had three different goalkeepers play against the Sagehens but all combined for the same result in the tie.
The Sagehens had the upper hand early in the first half as they began the game dominating possession against MIT. The Sagehens had a few early chances but could not find much room for good scoring opportunities.
The Engineers flipped the script towards the end of the first half and pressed the Sagehens into their defensive third. Although MIT was able to get six shots and two corners in the final 15 minutes of the first half, the Sagehen defense remained strong to preserve the 0-0 tie heading into halftime.
Pomona-Pitzer and MIT went back-and-forth in the early stages of the second half with both teams trying to break the tie. As the half went on the Sagehens became more dominant with possession but the MIT back line did a good job of disrupting any clear chances for the Sagehen attackers.
After regulation, the Engineers sat back on defense as the Sagehens owned possession during both overtime periods. The Sagehens had two good looks in overtime as senior Bria VarnBuhler rocked a shot off of the crossbar and a corner nearly found its way into the goal but the MIT keeper was able to come up with a big stop to keep the ball from crossing over the line to hold on for the draw.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next take a trip out to Chicago as they take on the University of Chicago on Saturday, September 7th at 10:00 a.m.