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The Sagehen Report for October 22

The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team honored its four seniors prior to Saturday's game with Occidental (from left: Claudia Zaugg, Anika Burrell, Claire Mueller, Jordan Bryant).

The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team honored its four seniors prior to Saturday's game with Occidental (from left: Claudia Zaugg, Anika Burrell, Claire Mueller, Jordan Bryant). Burrell, Mueller and Bryant are three of the team's four starting defenders, who helped the Sagehens to their second straight shutout.

Ryan Miller '14 had a spectacular diving header in the second overtime to give the Men's Soccer team, which has won eight games in a row, a 2-1 victory over Whittier on Wednesday.

Ryan Miller '14 had a spectacular diving header in the second overtime to give the Men's Soccer team, which has won eight games in a row, a 2-1 victory over Whittier on Wednesday.

The Men’s Soccer and Men’s Water Polo teams picked up key wins this week to remain atop the SCIAC standings, while Women’s Soccer stayed in the hunt for a postseason bid as well heading into the final week of the regular season.

Men’s Soccer had some new faces step up to enable the Sagehens to pick up a pair of one-goal wins and stretch their winning streak to eight games. Ryan Miller ’14 had a spectacular diving header with 2:19 left in the second overtime to give Pomona-Pitzer a 2-1 home win over Whittier on Wednesday, his first goal since his freshman year. Miller also assisted on the game’s first goal, which was scored by Robbie Hull ’13. On Saturday, Harris Levin ’14 scored 4:11 into the second half, his second goal of the season and third of his career, to provide the game’s only tally as the Sagehens came away with a 1-0 win. Goalkeeper Rollie Thayer ’13 added six saves to get the shutout, including a key one that he tipped over the crossbar in the closing minutes.

The wins improve Pomona-Pitzer to 11-4-1 overall and 10-2-1 in the SCIAC, putting it essentially in a dead heat with Redlands (10-2-2). Redlands has a seven-game win streak of its own and is one point ahead of the Sagehens, but has played one extra game, as the two teams Monday night at 7 p.m. at Redlands in a game that will give the winner the inside track for the regular season championship. Pomona-Pitzer still has games left at Caltech on Wednesday and home against La Verne on Saturday (11 a.m.), while Redlands travels to Whittier on Saturday. A Pomona-Pitzer win over Redlands would mean that the Sagehens could clinch the regular season title with either a win over Caltech or a win over La Verne. Pomona-Pitzer could also still earn the title with a loss at Redlands, if it wins its final two games and Redlands falls at Whittier.   

Women’s Soccer put itself in a position to control its own destiny for a SCIAC bid this week with a 1-0 road win over Whittier on Wednesday and a 0-0 tie with Occidental on Saturday. The Sagehens are in fifth place in the SCIAC, one game behind Redlands, but faces Redlands at home on Wednesday. A win in that contest would pull Pomona-Pitzer even with the Bulldogs and give it the tiebreaker for the fourth and final SCIAC playoff bid, which would mean the Sagehens could clinch a postseason bid with a win at La Verne on Saturday.

Sam Thompson PI ’15 scored a late goal to defeat Whittier 1-0, scoring off a through ball from Ari Sanchez ’14 in the 83rd minute. Helena Epps ’16 picked up her first two collegiate shutouts on the week, as the Pomona-Pitzer defense held its two opponents to only 12 shot attempts. Three of the four starting defenders are seniors, Jordan Bryant ’13, Claire Mueller ’13, and Anika Burrell ’13, who were honored on Senior Day prior to the Occidental shutout, along with forward Claudia Zaugg ’13.

Men’s Water Polo remained undefeated in the SCIAC at 4-0 with an 11-7 home win over Redlands on Wednesday. Jason Cox PI ’13 had a big day with five goals, scoring three times to help the Sagehens jump out to an early 4-0 lead, and then adding two more goals in the third quarter immediately after Redlands closed the lead to one point. Cody Moore ’13 had three goals, including two in the late stages to help Pomona-Pitzer seal the win. The team has a huge match on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Haldeman Pool, taking on fellow SCIAC unbeaten Whittier (5-0) in a winner-take-all battle for first place, and then has road matches at UC San Diego and Caltech on Saturday.

A shorthanded Pomona-Pitzer Football team gave La Verne a strong fight on Saturday, but fell 34-24 as the Leopards used a punt return and an interception return in the second half to keep the Sagehens from coming back. Don Swan ’15 had a huge day on defense with 18 tackles, while Jake Rollins ’13 added 16 tackles and Weston Staubus ’14 had an interception and two pass break-ups. Michael Etzel ’15 played on offense for the first time, and had three catches for 103 yards and a touchdown as a tight end (he normally plays linebacker), while Duncan Hussey ’13 played wide receiver (he’s normally a safety) and had a team-high six catches. The Sagehens travel to Occidental this weekend in the annual Battle For The Drum.

Men’s Cross Country and Women’s Cross Country compete in the SCIAC Championships this weekend at Prado Park, with Annie Lydens ’13 looking to defend her individual title on the women’s side. Volleyball concludes its season with a home match against Chapman on Saturday at 6 p.m., while Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams get the winter season started at the Malibu Invitational, hosted by Pepperdine. Saturday will prove to be one of the busiest days of the year, with nine teams in action (all seven fall sports and both swimming and diving teams).

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This Week’s Schedule

Home Events In Bold

Monday, Oct. 22
Men’s Soccer at Redlands, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 23
Volleyball at CMS, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 24
Women’s Soccer (H) vs. Redlands, 4 p.m.
Men’s Water Polo (H) vs. Whittier, 4 p.m.
Men’s Soccer at Caltech, 4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 26
Volleyball at Redlands, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Men’s Cross Country at SCIAC Championships, 8:30 a.m.
Women’s Cross Country at SCIAC Championships, 8:30 a.m.
Men’s Swimming/Diving at Malibu Invitational, 10 a.m.
Women’s Swimming/Diving at Malibu Invitational, 10 a.m.
Men’s Soccer (H) vs. La Verne, 11 a.m.
Men’s Water Polo at UC San Diego, 11 a.m.
Volleyball (H) vs. Chapman, 6 p.m.
Football at Occidental, 7 p.m.
Women’s Soccer at La Verne, 7 p.m.
Men’s Water Polo at Caltech, 7 p.m.

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