The Wartburg Women’s Soccer team fell 1-0 to No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer in the second round of the NCCA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship.

The Sagehens scored the lone goal of the game at the six-minute mark, which gave Pomona-Pitzer a 1-0 advantage over the Knights. Wartburg’s defense prevented its ranked opponent to tally any more goals for the remaining 84 minutes.

The Sagehens outshot the Knights 13-5 while Wartburg had a 3-0 corner kick advantage. The Orange and Black ended its season with an overall record of 15-3-3. In the first round of the tournament, the Knights had a 4-0 victory over Concordia Wisconsin.

Starting off the match, Sarah Campbell ’22 scored the first goal off a corner kick. The Knights continued with back-to-back goals at the 20 and 21-minute marks. Kate Luers ’22 scored off assists by Joy Smith ’22 and Katie Berglund ’23 for goal No. 14 of the season. Smith followed less than a minute later with another goal. Gabby Rohrer ’20 scored the fourth goal of the game.

The Knights outshot the Falcons 11-8 and had a 6-1 corer kick advantage. Wartburg tallied a total of 53 goals over the season, with 14 players contributing a point, and only allowed 15 goals.

The Knights have clinched a spot in the NCAA Tournament the last three years. Wartburg’s appearance in the Round of 32 was the first since 2015, where the Orange and Black made it to the quarterfinals and fell 1-0 to Washington-St. Louis.

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