CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Soccer team is set to begin their 2018 regular season with its home opener against non-conference opponent North Central College on Friday, August 31st at 4:30 p.m.
The Sagehens ended last season with an appearance in the SCIAC Championship game where they fell to Whittier College 1-0. Pomona-Pitzer finished with an overall record of 10-8-3 last season and finished in second place in the SCIAC during the regular season with a conference record of 6-5-3. The Sagehens won the battle of Sixth Street again this season and improved their unbeaten streak to five games against conference rival CMS.
The Sagehens have two key seniors this season in Peri Cuppens and Sarah Jones. Cuppens only appeared in three games last season before her season was cut short due to injury. In 2016, Cuppens led the team with 19 points and a team-high nine goals. Jones came to the Sagehens in 2017 as a transfer from the University of Portland. She had one assist last season but was a wall for the defense in the center of the field.
Pomona-Pitzer brings in five juniors this season, all of which will see significant playing time. Isa Berardo returns in goal this season for the Sagehens. Berardo started 19 games last season and totaled 83 saves with four shutouts. Lily Gane returns as a forward for the Sagehens. She appeared in 21 games with 17 starts and tallied 16 points off of seven goals and two assists. Megan Kuo returns to the midfield for her junior season after making 16 appearances and 14 starts last season. Kuo scored one goal last season and will look to make an impact this season in the middle of the field. Also returning to the midfield is Bria VarnBuhler. VarnBuhler appeared in 21 games and made 19 starts last season for the Sagehens. She tallied 16 points off of six goals and four assists. Brianna Lau is the final junior returning for the Sagehens. Lau appeared in 18 games and made 15 starts. She had six points off of two goals and two assists.
The Sagehens have five sophomores this season. Chloe Hamer appeared in 21 games this season and started 18 of them. She was a major threat on offense as she tallied 14 points off of six goals and two assists. Raye Gleekel also saw big minutes as a freshman last season with 18 games played and tallied one assists last season in the midfield. Kira Matthews spent the majority of her freshman year in the defensive third with 20 appearances as a defender and made one start. Also returning to the defense is Isabel James who appeared in seven games last season and made two starts. The final sophomore is goalkeeper Kendall Shein. Shein appeared in five games between the pipes and made two starts with a 3-0 record in goal.
Sept. 12 @ CMS 7:00 PM
Sept. 19 vs Cal Lutheran 4:00 PM
Oct. 13 vs CMS 11:00 AM
Oct. 20 @ Cal Lutheran 2:30 PM
Oct. 24 vs Whittier 4:00 PM
Full season schedule here