CMS Athenas and Chapman Panthers Advance to Tournament Final

CMS Athenas and Chapman Panthers Advance to Tournament Final

CLAREMONT, Calif. – In the first of two Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference semifinal matches on the day Chapman University women's soccer team advanced to the SCIAC tournament championship on penalty kicks over Pomona-Pitzer. Chapman senior goalkeeper Kristin Kleinow stopped all five Sagehen PK attempts while senior Katie Bell drove in the lone goal for a 1-0 decision after two overtime periods.

After 90 scoreless minutes and two scoreless overtime periods, both goalkeepers flexed with more dominance as the first seven combined shootout attempts were saved by Kleinow and Pomona-Pitzer's Corey Goelz. The keepers matched each other through the first three rounds and Kleinow made the stop in round four. Bell stepped to the spot for the Panthers in the fourth round and blasted a shot to the upper 90 for the only shot that reached the back of the net in the entire match. Kleinow stepped up with her fifth shootout save to send the Panthers into a celebrations.

The second semifinal was an even played match through both halves in regulation time. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Cal Lutheran headed into overtime tied 2-2. CMS marked 12 shots in regulation and Cal Lutheran recorded 11. In OT CMS added 2 more shots including the game winner from Laynee Laube. Five different goal scorers netted the five goals in the match. 

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps will host the Panthers as both advance to the SCIAC Tournament championship to be played on Saturday.