ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The University of Chicago women's soccer team's stellar 2019 season came to an end in a battle of a NCAA Division III Sweet 16 matchup Saturday, as the Maroons fell to Pomona-Pitzer in overtime, 1-0, on the campus of Washington-St. Louis.
No. 16 UChicago (14-3-3) and the No. 8 Sagehens (20-1-1) met for the second time this season -- the last time was in the Maroons' home opener back on Sept. 7 -- and the result proved the same, except for the extra frame.
The Maroons outshot Pomona-Pitzer in the first 45 minutes, 5-3, but neither team was able to put one away during regulation. The Sagehens would at last break through in the 96', when Anna Ponzio took a pass from teammate Charlotte Tapp and hit a left-footed shot to the far corner to end the game and send Pomona-Pitzer into Sunday's Elite Eight matchup with host WashU.
Pomona-Pitzer would finish the game with a slight edge on shots, 10-9, and had five corner kicks while holding the Maroons out of that category.
UChicago finished with three shots on goal to Pomona-Pitzer's four.
The Maroons concluded the season by making their seventh-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and 12th berth into the Sweet 16 under 29-year Head Coach Amy Reifert.
UChicago will say goodbye to seven seniors: Hanna Watkins, Adrianna Vera, Clare Suter, Katie Sadera, Andrea Omehe, Sydney Jones and Rachel Dias, who will leave the program with a class record of 67-14-5, four NCAA Tournament appearances, a University Athletic Association Championship (2017) and two trips to the NCAA Final Four, including a 2017 runner-up finish.
Watkins finishes her career ranked fourth in career goals (35), fifth in points (89) and ninth in assists (19).