Golden Goal Gives CMS 2-1 Win Over Pomona-Pitzer

Golden Goal Gives CMS 2-1 Win Over Pomona-Pitzer

Claremont, Calif. - Ian Shelton scored with 4:54 left in the second overtime as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Men's Soccer team defeated Pomona-Pitzer 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon.

With the win, CMS improves to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the SCIAC, while Pomona-Pitzer drops to 1-4 overall and 0-2 in league play.

The Sagehens took the early lead, as a pair of freshmen teamed up on the first goal. Matty Marvin played a diagonal ball towards the right edge of the box, which found classmate Voja Maric (pictured) cutting towards goal. Maric took a quick dribble and rifled a 15-yard shot over the head of CMS goalkeeper Alex Choi and under the crossbar.

The Stags were able to knot the score up, though, in the 42nd minute as the Sagehens were called for a foul in their own box. Jaison Kimura took the penalty kick, and struck the ball high down the middle to knot the score up at 1-1.

Pomona-Pitzer had several chances to win late in regulation, but Kimura came up big at the other end of the field. With Choi out of the net after trying to punch away a cross, Pomona-Pitzer freshman Jk Gopakumar got to a loose ball 15 yards out and put a hard shot towards the empty net. Kimura, though, covered for his keeper and was able to head the ball off the line at the near post.

Marvin had a quality chance with a minute left in regulation, but put a header from the top of the six right at Choi, who was able to make the save. With 15 seconds left, Maric had a good crack from just outside the penalty area, but the ball whistled just wide of the left post.

The game-winner finally came late in the second overtime, as Shelton deflected a long pass, Mogan Harhoefer won the 50-50 ball just outside the box, and played Shelton in along the left edge of the box. Shelton took a dribble and chipped a shot over sliding Pomona-Pitzer goalkeeper Nigel Brady and into the net for the game-winner.

The evenly-played game featured 15 shots apiece, although the Sagehens put more of theirs on target. Choi had eight saves for the Stags, while Brady had three for Pomona-Pitzer.

The Sagehens have a week off before returning to action with a road game at Whittier next Wednesday at 4 p.m.