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Sam Ryan nearly created an early goal with her pressure in the offensive third
Sam Ryan nearly created an early goal with her pressure in the offensive third

CMS Women's Soccer Falls on the Road to Pomona-Pitzer

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Hannah Mandell scored two goals in the first 30 minutes as the Pomona-Pitzer women's soccer team took a 4-0 home win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Wednesday evening at Pomona-Pitzer Soccer Field.

The win improves Pomona-Pitzer's record to 11-1-2 overall and 7-1-2 in the conference, while CMS slips to 7-3-3 overall and 4-3-3 in the league. 

CMS got off to a strong start in the first 10 minutes, putting consistent pressure on the Pomona-Pitzer defense. The best scoring chance in that stretch came when Sam Ryan tracked down a long pass that resulted in the ball squirting free in the box with the Sagehen goalie out of the play, but a defender was able to shield her just enough to prevent her from slipping a shot in the vacant net. Emma Fogg also got on the back end of a set piece, but had her header from inside the 18-yard box sail just high under some defensive pressure, and Kaitlyn Helfrich's bending shot from just outside the 18 missed wide of the upper-right corner. 

Mandell was then able to break the scoreless tie in the 12th minute when she tapped in a cross as the Sagehens stole momentum back, and then she added another tap-in goal on a rebound in the 30th minute. Junior goalie Athena Manthouli finished with a career-high 14 saves for CMS in the loss. 

The loss sets up a dramatic final week for the Athenas, who are in a tight four-way battle for the final two SCIAC Tournament spots. They will play two of the teams they are battling with (Redlands and Chapman), and will likely need at least a win and a tie to secure one of the four bids. 

Before getting back to SCIAC play, though, CMS will host UC Santa Cruz on Saturday at noon for a non-league game, and they will honor their two graduating seniors, Ava Sherry and Gracyn Buenconsejo, prior to the game.