Late Surge Gives Sagehens One-Goal Victory Over Tigers

LOS ANGELES, Calif. Occidental experienced an even matchup, Wednesday nigh on Patterson Field, when they took on visiting Pomona-Pitzer. In a game that saw both teams fighting to keep a lead, as there were six ties plus five lead changes, it was anyone's game.

The Sagehens grabbed a quick 2-0 lead, over the Tigers to start of the match. Those goals would soon be matched with two Occidental goals. This was a pattern that would continue for the remainder of the first half, as Pomona-Pitzer scored three consecutive goals, followed by three consecutive goals by the Tigers.

Occidental would go into the half down by one, to the Sagehens. The first half saw both defenses fighting to take over on possessions, as the teams combined for 26 ground balls, with Occidental securing possession on fifteen of them. Neither team was afraid to shoot the ball in the first half, with Occidental getting off 18 attempts on goal.

Occidental came out in the first half with two goals, putting them ahead 8-7 over the Sagehens, on a successful free position attempt by Sarah Kessler. The Sagehens would answer immediately off the draw to tie the game back up, 8-8. Kessler would find the back of the net for her fourth goal of the game on another free position shot at the 26:49 mark, giving the Tigers a one point lead, again. But, Pomona-Pitzer would answer to make the score 9-9.

Occidental would take the next four minutes to go on a 3-0 run, led by Haley Gandsey and Tori Larson, giving the Tigers their largest lead of the game at 12-9, halfway through the second stanza. But, the Sagehens wouldn't back down, after going back and forth with the Tigers, they would find themselves down 14-12 with less than 11 minutes to go in the game. This would spark a Pomona-Pitzer 3-0 run to end the game, giving them the one point advantage when time ran out.

Isabel Osgood-Roach, Gandsey and Kessler would each end the game with four goals on the night, while Tori Larson and Lauren Wemple would find the back of the net as well. Ground balls by the Tigers were led by Senior Laura Mohler along with Osgood-Roach who each had four. Hilary Olson and Mary Morrissey were right behind them with three each. Mohler would also come away with three caused turn-overs for the Tigers.

Occidental (3-7, 0-2 SCIAC) will meet Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for the second time this season, at Patterson field on the campus of Occidental College, Saturday, April 2nd. First draw is set for 1:00 p.m.


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