Saturday women's update
|Fredonia junior Katie Kleine
works against Potsdam sophomore Kristin Webster in Saturday's
Photo by Haley Marshall, SUNY Potsdam Athletics
In West Coast action on Saturday afternoon, Mayra Virgen’s goal in the 87th minute was the difference as Cal Lutheran slugged it out with a scrappy Pomona-Pitzer team, winning 2-1.
Meanwhile in the NEWMAC, No. 10 Wheaton (MA) moved to 13-0-2 with a 4-0 shutout of the United States Coast Guard Academy. And in the SUNYAC, Fredonia State scored two first half goals en route to a 2-0 shutout of SUNY Potsdam.
No. 2 Messiah survived a scare from Lebanon Valley, winning with six minutes to play on a goal from senior Rachel Scheibeler. No. 5 Virginia Wesleyan held off Bridgewater 3-2, with two late goals coming from the Eagles to make it close. Sophomore Kristin Mack had the game winner for the Marlins.
In an upset, No. 18 Wartburg fell to Loras 2-1 in an IIAC match-up. Loras scored twice in the first half before Anna Aquino finally got the Knights on the board early in the second, but the Duhawks held on for the win.
In the Cal Lutheran match, head Coach Frank Marino said, “We just couldn’t get into a rhythm offensively. Give Pomona-Pitzer credit, they played their tails off and really played well so we were fortunate to walk away with a win.”
|Regals senior Mayra Virgen
scored the game winner against Pomona-Pitzer
Tracy Maple, CLU Athletics
Cal Lutheran hung on for the win and improved their record to 14-2 overall and 10-0 in the SCIAC. Pomona-Pitzer drops to 5-6-1 overall and 4-5-1 in the SCIAC.
With the win, Cal Lutheran has now guaranteed themselves a spot in the SCIAC post-season tournament.
In the Fredonia win, the Blue Devils controlled the play for much of the second half, but both offenses took over late. As the clock ticked down, Potsdam and Fredonia traded opportunities. However, the defenses and goalies kept the score static. In goal, Bears freshman Jaime Durant finished with eight saves, while Blue Devil senior Meaghan Meszaros handled the only shot she faced to earn the shutout.
"Fredonia deserved to win the game, but we had our chances to make it closer and if we had succeeded, who knows what would have happened,” said Bears Head Coach Mark Misiak. “Heather Johnson had an outstanding game as our lone forward. We asked her to do a difficult job and really left her isolated this year and she was just brilliant today. Also, Kate Clauss has been an absolute rock in the back for us and really helped to lead our back line.