By Jane Eberts '12Staff Writer
On Oct. 27, the CMS Athenas Soccer team faced off against Pomona-Pitzer for the second and final time this season. In their first meeting, the Athenas emerged as the victors, dominating the game to a 3-0 final score after a scoreless first-half. The second time around, however, the Athenas fell to the Sagehens, losing 2-1.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Women’s Soccer ended their regular season with ten wins, six losses and three ties, heading into the SCIAC tournament in third place behind the top ranked California Lutheran University and second place Occidental College. Pomona-Pitzer finished their season with seven wins and eight losses, finishing in fifth behind Redlands University. The Sagehens will not be entering the SCIAC tournament, as only the top four teams are selected.
Despite the difference in season records, the Athena-Sagehen games are set apart from the regular season due to their intense rivalry. Fans from both schools pack the stands, creating an hype surrounding the event that both the fans and athletes are feel. “Pomona-Pitzer always steps up when they play us,” says Madi Shove ‘13, a sophomore for the Athenas. “The rivalry we have with them definitely intensifies the game.”
The first half of this season’s last game between the two rivals was controlled by the Athenas, taking place mostly on Pomona-Pitzer’s half of the field. The Athenas couldn’t capitalize, however, and unfortunately couldn’t find the back of the Sagehen’s net. In the 16th minute the Sagehens scored their first goal, capitalizing on CMS’ mistakes. This occurred a second time during the second half, allowing the Sagehens to advance even further.
In the end the Athenas were only able to score one goal in the game. This loss, though certainly close in its score (2-1 Sagehens) was frustrating for the Athenas. Regardless of the score, the Athenas played well and are satisfied that they gave it their all. On Nov. 3 the Athenas faced off against Occidental College in the semifinals of the SCIAC tournament. After tying in the first 90 minutes of play as well as in double overtime, the Athenas lost in penalty kicks, with a final score of 5-6. Despite this loss, the Athenas had a season which both members and fans can be proud of.