WHITEWATER, WI. – Pomona-Pitzer women’s soccer team exits the 2016 NCAA Tournament after the first Elite 8 appearance in the program’s history falling to the University of Chicago 7-6 in pentalty kicks after a tie through full regulation and two overtime periods.
Pomona-Pitzer was first on the scoreboard in the NCAA Division III Championship quarterfinal on a goal by Abby Onderwyzer Gold just over five minutes into the match. The Sagehens held onto the lead throughout until freshman midfielder Hanna Watkins scored her sixth goal of the season in the 88th minute to send the match into overtime.
The two 10-minute overtime periods saw the Maroons outshoot the Sagehens 12-0, but no goals were produced retainng the 1-1 tie. A penalty kick shootout would then determine who would make the national semifinals. UChicago went first in the order and made their first two penalty kicks. Having missed the first shot, Pomona-Pitzer then made the next five shots in order from Nadia Alaiyan, Abby Onderwyzer Gold, Agueda Dudley-Berrio, Bria VarnBuhler and Sofia Barshe. Chicago missed their third shot then went on to convert on the next four. Peri Cuppens lined up for a must-make shot for the Sagehens and was stopped by freshman goalkeeper Katie Donovan.
UChicago held the numbers in offensive action throughout owning a 35-8 advantage in shots and putting 15 shots on goal to the Sagehens 4.
The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team began the tournament knocking off both UC Santa Cruz and cross-campus rivals Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Sagehens defeated No. 7 Wisconsin-Whitewater 3-0 in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament to advance to today’s match-up with the No. 11 University of Chicago. The win against Wisconsin-Whitewater was the highest ranked team the Sagehens have defeated under head coach Jennifer Scanlon.