CMS Has Big Second Half To Pull Away From Sagehens

CMS Has Big Second Half To Pull Away From Sagehens

Claremont, Calif. – Jake Bishop scored two goals to put Claremont-Mudd-Scripps ahead 2-1 and Sam Ullman added a pair of free-kick goals to help seal it, as the Stags pulled away for a 5-1 over Pomona-Pitzer in a SCIAC Men's Soccer game on Saturday morning.

With the win, the Stags take over second place in the league standings at 6-2-1 (and 9-3-1 overall), while Pomona-Pitzer, which led 1-0 on a goal from junior midfielder Robbie Hull (Salt Lake City, Utah - pictured) falls to 7-7 overall and 6-4 in SCIAC play.

Pomona-Pitzer struck first very early as it converted off a corner kick. After the Stags attempted to clear  the ball, freshman forward Lawrence McDonald (Oakland, Calif.) played it back into the middle of the box. Hull then took a half-volley from six yards out that went under the crossbar on the left side of the net for his first goal of the season.

The first time the teams met, the Sagehens scored two minutes into the game and held the lead the rest of the way in a 2-0 victory. This time, though, the Stags quickly responded off a counter, as Harrison Doyle played a long diagonal ball from the left sideline to the right, and Jake Bishop was able to break into the box on the right side and beat junior goalkeeper Rollie Thayer (Shorewood, Minn.) with a high shot that tucked under the crossbar at the 9:34 mark.

The Sagehens nearly got the lead back on a remarkable goal, as junior defender Erik Munzer (Beverly Hills, Calif.) took a free kick just over midfield. He caught Stag goalkeeper Frederick Doar creeping out to anticipate a cross and sent a laser beam towards the upper-right corner that beat Doar cleanly, but it hit off the crossbar and bounced back into the field of play.

However, the Stags took the game over in the second half with three goals in a span of 4:20. Bishop broke the tie when he got on the back end of another diagonal ball, this time from Rodrigo Bravo Beneitez, as he won a 50-50 ball with Thayer and tapped the ball into the empty net at the 55:20 mark. Just 3:10 later, David Taylor took a long shot from 25 yards that tucked just inside the left post to make the score 4-1, and just 1:10 after that, Ullman took a 25-yard free kick that deflected off the Sagehen wall and got Thayer going the wrong way.

Ullman finished the scoring with another free kick at the 70:17 mark, this time from just outside the penalty area, as he picked out the upper-right corner and cleanly got the ball past the wall and straight into the net.

The Stags finished with a 16-7 edge in shots for the day, including 9-3 in the decisive second half. Doar had four saves for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, while Thayer had two for the Sagehens.

Pomona-Pitzer will next be in action when it hosts Caltech on Wednesday for a 4 p.m. contest.