CLAREMONT, Calif. – With the 2-0 shutout of Chapman on Wednesday evening, CMS secured a top-two finish in the conference and the will host a semi-final game in the SCIAC next week. CMS currently sits in first place in SCIAC standings but the final seeding for the tournament will not be determined until after Saturday's games.
The Athenas found a way to win on a night when their shots were not finding the back of the net. CMS scored the first goal on a shot by junior Darrah Shields that a Chapman defender attempted to clear but knocked it into the goal instead.
Senior Claire Shum's footwork and hustle as the left defender in the first half was extremely noteworthy.
Coach Keri Sanchez was uneasy with just the one goal advantage and, with the start of the second half, called for the Athenas to work on maintaining possession of the ball. During the second half, CMS took 11 shots, five of which were on goal.
Sophomore Makella Brems took control of the middle of the field, often finding space to dribble and find a teammate to pass to. After a yellow card against Chapman in the box, Brems took the penalty kick for the Athenas and increased their lead to 2-0. As CMS' leading goal scorer, Brems notched her eighth goal in the season.
The score remained at 2-0 until the final whistle for the Athenas' ninth shutout of the year. Freshman Morgan McCoy came in to relieve senior keeper Molly Freed for the final 19 minutes of play. Freed had four saves during her 71 minutes in the frame.
The Athenas (13-5-1, 10-3-0 SCIAC) will play for the SCIAC title as they face Pomona-Pitzer (9-5-4, 7-2-4 SCIAC) in the final regular season game. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. on Sat thday, Nov. 1.
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