Sagehens Rally From Big Deficit For Overtime Win Over CMS

Sagehens Rally From Big Deficit For Overtime Win Over CMS

Claremont, Calif. - Junior midfielder Logan Galansky (Denver, Colo. - pictured, photo by Bryan Matsumoto) scored a man-down goal with 2:04 left in the second overtime to break a 9-9 tie and give Pomona-Pitzer an 11-9 comeback win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Wednesday evening at Merritt Field.

The win levels Pomona-Pitzer's record at 2-2 (all conference games), while winning its last two games after trailing at the half. CMS falls to 2-2 overall and 2-2 in the SCIAC.

The Sagehens were down 6-1 at the half and came all the way back with a 5-0 run to start the second half, tying the score on the second of two straight goals from senior attacker Emma Molloy (Basking Ridge, N.J.) with 17:00 on the clock. Madi Shove won the ensuing draw control for CMS and went straight to goal to give her team the 7-6 lead 10 seconds later, but Galansky answered 30 seconds later to once again knot the score at 7-7.

The Sagehens took their first lead with 9:19 on the clock, when freshman midfielder Katie Savino (Portland, Ore.) scored off a feed from Kaitlin Jones (Minneapolis, Minn.). Savino's twin sister Alex is a starter for CMS, adding a unique sibling rivalry to the already unique neighborhood rivalry between the programs.

Molly O'Donnell rushed in from midfield to knot the score with 4:41 left for CMS, but Pomona-Pitzer responded on a goal from freshman attacker Aubrey Douglass (Piedmont, Calif.), who came around from behind the net and scored from in front of the crease. That lead looked like it might be enough, but CMS generated a late turnover and Izzy Laterzo scored an unassisted goal off a restart following a Sagehen foul to knot the score up at 9-9 with 36 seconds left.

Neither team generated much of a chance in the first overtime, and the Sagehens were dealt a blow when junior attacker Jana London (Chevy Chase, Md.) was given a yellow card for a dangerous shot attempt which was blocked by the CMS defense, resulting in a two-minute penalty with only 2:21 on the clock.

However, CMS turned the ball over trying to clear (the Athenas were 0-4 on clears in overtime) and Galansky drew a foul, setting up a free position shot from straightaway, where she was able to beat goalie Sara Ginsburg with the go-ahead goal.

Pomona-Pitzer still had to kill off the rest of the penalty, and managed to keep CMS chasing for most of the rest of overtime. Finally, the Sagehens were able to clear the ball, and London was found all alone in the offensive half. London broke in alone and scored as the buzzer sounded to make the score 11-9.

Pomona-Pitzer trailed 6-1 at the half, after the Athenas closed out the opening stanza on a 4-0 run, ending the first stanza with free position goals from Shove and Molly O'Donnell. The Sagehens managed only eight shots in the first half, three on net, as CMS seemed to have Pomona-Pitzer's attack stymied at every turn. However, Pomona-Pitzer, which came back to defeat Occidental on Saturday after trailing 6-4 at the half, regrouped at intermission once again and came back for the win.

Galansky finished with three goals and one assists, while Kaitlin Jones had two goals and two assists. O'Donnell had three goals for the Athenas, while Laterzo and Shove each added two. Senior goalie Casey Leek (Bucharest, Romania) had 10 saves to get the win in goal for the Sagehens.

Pomona-Pitzer will return to action on Saturday when it hosts Whittier to conclude the first half of the SCIAC's double round-robin schedule. That game will be played at 1 p.m. at the South Athletic Complex.