WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Women's Soccer team earned a berth into the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Post Season Tournament for the first time in program history following a 10-8, 6-8 SCIAC record.
No. 1 - Cal Lutheran (15-2-2) posted an 11-1-2 record and 35 points during SCIAC regular season play and earned the top seed in the conference championship for the first time since 2013.
No. 2 – Pomona-Pitzer (9-7-3, 6-5-3 SCIAC) Earned an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA Division III Championship and was one of two SCIAC teams to enter the national field. The Sagehens advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight before falling to Chicago on penalty kicks.
No. 1 Cal Lutheran vs. No. 4 Whittier College (7:00pm)
No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer vs. No. 3 Redlands (Thursday, 2:30pm)
The winners of Thursday's semifinal matches will square for the SCIAC tournament championship on Saturday, Nov. 4 on the campus of the highest remaining seed.
Whittier went 0-2 against the Regals this season being outscored 4-1. The first match-up the Poets held a 1-0 advantage late into the game but fell on an own-goal in OT. Then in the regular season finale the Poets were held scoreless in a 2-0 loss.
A look at the field:
Cal Lutheran is riding a five-match winning streak and has won eight of its last 10 matches as the Regals enter the 2017 SCIAC Tournament as the top seed. In conference competition, Cal Lutheran is led by Kali Youngdahl who has found the back of the net eight times and registered 19 points. Trinity Martinez follows with eight points on the strength of four assists, while Maddy Griess has posted seven points. In goal, Gabby Flores and Alysa Frazier have registered 17 saves each, while Flores has posted a 0.55 goals-against average compared to Frazier's 0.57 GAA.
Pomona-Pitzer earned the second seed but has won just one of its last five games entering tournament action. The Sagehens are led by Abby Onderwyzer Gold who has eight goals and 17 points, while Bria VarnBuhler has collected 10 points on the strength of four goals. Lily Gane has also notched four markers and follows with nine points during SCIAC action. Isa Berardo has turned away 60 shots on frame and logged a goals-against average of 0.92.
Redlands finished 2-1-1 in its last four games to earn the third seed in the SCIAC postseason. The Bulldogs are led by Hayley Romo who has five total points, while five different players have contributed four points. Hannah Menk has made 90 saves between the posts and registered a goals-against average of 1.01.
Whittier secured the fourth seed in the tournament after winning five of their last seven games, but are looking to snap a two-match losing slide. The Poets are led by a 10-point effort from Lauren Kai (three goals, four assists), while Miranda Yzabal (four goals) and Leah Kolek (three goals, two assists) follow with eight points each. Lyla Matar leads Whittier with a 0.92 goals-against average and 31 saves, while Stella Thermos has notched 29 saves and a 1.49 GAA.
Ticket Information/Live Stream:
For tickets, students and employees with a current ID from any SCIAC school are admitted for free. General admission costs $10, while seniors 55 and over and military personnel with ID are $5. Children under 12 also receiver free admission.
Fans unable to attend the game can follow along via live streaming at no charge by logging onto the SCIAC portal or by accessing the link through the women's soccer schedule page on wcpoets.com. Live stats will also be available for viewers.