ULV shuts down Sagehens

Campus Times
October 24, 2003

photo by Sylvia Castellanos

Ashley Polan, ULV forward, heads the ball down the field in the last half of Saturday's soccer game against Whittier.

by Gloria Diaz
Editorial Director

The University of La Verne women's soccer team was able to outwit the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens, 2-0, Wednesday.

ULV came out hard in the first half, with the Leopards scoring in the first two minutes of the game. Assisted by Jacqueline Garcia, Noell Feesago scored the first goal in the game, putting ULV on the board first with a score of 1-0.

With 18 minutes left in the first half, ULV came on strong again as Leopard midfielder Amanda Egan assisted forward Amber Lejay to propel the Leopard lead to 2-0.

"We played more of a defensive game rather than an offensive game," said defender AJ Taggart. "We worked hard together as a team."

Despite Pomona-Pitzer's efforts, he game ended in a 2-0 shutout of the Sagehens.

On Saturday, the Leopards faced Whittier College, but ULV was unable to take down the first-place Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Poets, as they lost by a score of 2-1 in double overtime.

The first half featured many missed shots, as the Leopards attempted to score six times, but at the end of the first half the game remained scoreless.

The Leopards returned in the second half with more intense play, but it was not enough to fend off the Poets.

Only three minutes into the second half, Poet forward Melissa Demsey-Hall put Whittier on the board first, as she was able send the ball past ULV goalie Victoria Hentges, giving the Poets a 1-0 lead.

Head coach Wendy Zwissler said that a factor contributing to Leopards' difficulty in play was that the team had players out on red cards and injuries.

"The bench played their heart out," Zwissler said.

With 21 minutes left in regulation play, Lejay returned Whittier's favor with a breakaway goal to tie the game, 1-1.

"I had to push past the defenders and get a shot off them," Lejay said.

With no goals scored for the rest of the half, the match went into overtime.

In the first overtime, the Leopards came close to taking the game, but their shot attempts could not make it past Whittier goalie, Laura Nestler.

At the end of the first overtime, the game remained tied at 1-1, prolonging the game.

Four minutes into the second overtime, Whittier midfielder Annette Medrano assisted defender Shelly Fallon in scoring the game-winning goal, granting the Poets a victory with a final score of 2-1.

"We dominated (Whittier) in the whole game," Lejay said.

"We played a really good game, but it is anyone's game when you go into double overtime," Egan said.

The Leopards will be on the road this week.

They play Cal Lutheran at 11 a.m., tomorrow, in Thousand Oaks and travel to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 4 p.m., Wednesday.