Stags Advance To NCAA Championships In PK Shootout
CMS advanced to the NCAA Championships for the third straight season by prevailing in a penalty kick shootout against Redlands 4-2 in the SCIAC Tournament Final. The game ended in a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime.
CMS (13-5-2) and Redlands (18-3-1) were meeting in the tournament final for the third straight season and fourth time in the five year history of the tournament with all four games being held at Redlands. The Stags beat the Bulldogs in the final in both 2009 and 2010, but this year were looking at a tougher challenge after losing twice to Redlands during SCIAC play.
CMS had the better run of play in the first half, outshooting Redlands 12-9, but neither team was able to find the back of the net as keepers Ricky Doar for the Stags and Jason Smuckler for the Bulldogs made three and four saves respectively. As time went by with no score, the teams, which each were shown one card and combined for 18 fouls in the first half, became increasingly more physical. There were five more cards and 28 more fouls over the remainder of the game.
Redlands was able to get on the scoreboard first when Alex Laughton dropped off a cross to Matej Kustura for the finish at 62:24. CMS responded immediately by pushing downfield and earning a corner. Sam Ullman served in a great ball to the far post that Eric Bean headed in for the tying goal at 63:49.
Doar came up huge for the Stags, as he made six more saves in the second half and overtimes. He made a game-saving play with 2:40 remaining in the second overtime when he saved a penalty kick attempt by Cody Carlson after CMS defender Daniel Price was shown a red card for a penalty in the box. Doar and Stags held for the final minutes playing a man down to force a shootout to determine which team would advance.
The Bulldogs went first in the shootout and their first attempt by Jamie Griffin missed. Ullman finished his try to put the Stags up 1-0. Laughton equalized for Redlands before Harrison Doyle put the Stags back up 2-1. Kustura missed his try and David Taylor put the Stags up 3-1. Will Walker gave Redlands hope by cutting the lead to 3-2, but Jaison Kimura (pictured) converted his try to give CMS their third straight trip to the NCAA's.
The NCAA bracket will be announced on Monday, November 7.