September 3, 2012

Sabres Conclude California Trip with 4-1 Loss to Sage Hens

CLAREMONT, Calif. (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's soccer team fell for the second time this season as Pomona-Pitzer used four second-half goals en route to a 4-1 victory at home. The Sabres' lone goal also came in the second half as their California road trip concluded with an 0-2 record.

The Sage Hens outshot the Sabres 19-2 in the match, accounting for 13 of those in the second half. Marian's lone goal came off a rebound and the foot of Jade Koeune from 15 yards out.

Marian goalkeeper Caitlyn Rosenberger made several key saves to keep it a scoreless tie in the first half. She then made a key stop on a breakaway to start the second half, but the flood gates opened soon thereafter as the Sage Hens scored four times in a span of 19 minutes.

The first goal was scored by PP's Nicole Quilliam in the 49th minute. In the 52nd minute, Sam Thompson made it 2-0 with a blast from 30 yards out. The Sage Hens would add another in the 60th minute when Quilliam scored her second of the game.

The Sabres answered less than a minute later, taking the kickoff towards a great build-up in the offensive end, stringing together several passes before Laura Maly got a shot off. It was denied by PP goalkeeper, Annie Wedel, but Marian's Koeune was right there to clean up the rebound and make it 3-1.

PP would tack on another insurance goal in the 68th minute when Claudia Zaugg found the back of the net to provide the final tally. That would force Marian Head Coach Jason Murphy to make a switch in goal and freshman Jordan Berger saw her first action in goal as a Sabre, making two saves in the final 22:30 of the match.

Marian will return home and have a quick turnaround as they play host to Northern Athletics Conference favorite, Aurora, in the conference and home opener this Wednesday, Sept. 5. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. at Smith Fields.