Athena Soccer Stumbles Against Chapman
The women's soccer team played at home against Chapman on Saturday. The drizzly cool start was quite a contrast to last week's weekend games with the temperature in the 90's. CMS came out strong hoping to take advantage of the wet grass and quick moving ball. The attack created several dangerous chances in the early minutes, but could not get a strong enough shot on goal. After about 15 minutes, Chapman started to gain momentum with quick, dynamic transitions. Their forwards created havoc running at the CMS defense. One of those attacks led to a Chapman corner kick in the 27th minute. The corner was deflected into the far corner just past keeper Molly Freed and back post player Shauny Ullman. CMS attacked again, but were still shut out when in the 37th minute Chapman earned a free kick about 30 yards out from the CMS goal. The hard driven kick skipped on the wet grass and through Freed's hands to put CMS down 0-2. Less than five minutes later, Chapman scored again on a missed clearance by Freed that hit a Chapman player. The Chapman player was first to the ball, beat one defender, then finished her shot into the back of the net. CMS was down 0-3 at half.
The Athenas did well to battle hard in the second half. CMS ended up outshooting Chapman and earned eight corner kicks, Despite the flurry of attacks created by the CMS team, they only managed one goal when Liz Augustine converted a penalty kick midway through the second half. CMS ended up losing 3-1.
CMS plays their last regular season home game on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7:00 pm vs. Whittier.