Second half goals take Stags past Caltech

Elijah Lichtenberg
Elijah Lichtenberg

CLAREMONT, Calif. – After a 0-0 first half, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's soccer team put together three goals within 11 minutes in the second beat Caltech 3-0. The Stags took 14 shots in each half but were able to convert on three in quick succession to put the game out of Caltech's reach.

After the game, senior Elijah Lichtenberg (CMC) said, "we knew that just one person had to step up and finish in the second half and then we would be fine."

The first goal came in the 66th minute, just 10 minutes after freshman Cole Smith (CMC) substituted into the game. Smith was set up by Lichtenberg who made a pass back into the field from the end line. Lichtenberg had made numerous deep crosses and services in the first half that for opportunities that were unrealized.

Less than two minutes later, the pair connected again, this time with Smith serving Lichtenberg. This was Lichtenberg's first goal of the season and fifth in his career.

The final goal was scored by senior Ryan Karle (CMC). Freshman Richard Harris (HMC), who played a scrappy 48 minutes in the game, played a beautiful ball from the right side into Karle. The senior was placed perfectly on the far post and finished for his second goal of the year. The Stags returned to their positions with a 3-0 lead that would hold for the final 12 minutes to the final whistle.

Senior Ian Shelton (CMC) provided the final push for CMS with at least one hard shot and some skilled dribbling through the Beavers' defense.

Karle led CMS with six shots, with only one on frame. Shelton added five shots, three of which were saved by Caltech's J.d. Feist who leads the SCIAC in saves.

With the win, CMS improves to 8-3, 6-3 in SCIAC. The Stags next face the conference leader, Redlands on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.

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By Emily Nordhoff
Sports Information Director

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