ULV shuts down Sagehens
October 24, 2003
Ashley Polan, ULV forward, heads the ball down the field in the last
half of Saturday's soccer game against Whittier.
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
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,"
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
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.