Men’s soccer comes up short in loss to CMS

by Veronica McClendon
Staff Writer

On Saturday, Oct. 5 the men’s soccer team beat the Caltech Beavers 4-0. The Leopards not only played well, they also improved their record to 2-7.

Head coach Mike Collins said that the team played fairly well, and that they have definitely improved since the beginning of the season.

On Wednesday, the Leopards faced Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, one of the top teams in conference. Prior to the game Collins said this would be a very tough match.

During the first half of the game a hand ball was called on junior midfielder Brian Richenberger from the Leopards before the game got really intense. As the ball moved up and down the field the CMS Stags were in control.

Sophomore Sean Piazza, playing forward for the Leopards, snuck behind Claremont’s Neal Parry and stole the ball away from him very close to the goal. A goal attempt was not possible due to the Stags good defense.

The Stags’ height and weight advantage over the Leopards was a slight problem despite the Leopards keeping the pressure on with senior goal keeper Tim Kyle’s help. With more than 12 attempts being made by the Stags with 19 minutes in the first half the teams went into halftime, still 0-0.

Great defense was played by freshman Armando Hernandez, although many penalties were called on him. Throughout the game the Leopards were being penalized for numerous fouls and Hernandez eventually got a yellow card.

While down the field Kyle was doing his job protecting the Leopards turf, but bad aiming by the Stags on their many goal attempts kicked the ball right into his arms.

Soon after, a goal was scored by Luan Lai from the Stags.

With the ball moving up and down the field and the Stags still controlling this half, the Leopards never gave up. A scoring opportunity came when senior midfielder Darin Soliday headed the ball, but the goal keeper deflected the ball over the net.

The second goal for the evening came with 9:40 left in the first half. This point was scored by Nathan Decker of the Stags. The Stags were up, 2-0.

Two minutes into the second half a goal was attempted by Ryan McGlinn of the Stags. McGlinn, showing his poor sportsmanship, grabbed Kyle’s shirt and swung him to the ground. A penalty was called, and the Leopards began picking up its offense and defense.

The Stags regained control of the half but the Leopards roared back into to game with Piazza scoring.

“Each game we’ve built and compared to our first game. We’re like a whole new team,” said Piazza.

When the Leopards had any scoring opportunities, the ball went either wide left or wide right.

La Verne kept the pressure on and the Stags began missing goals. Both McGlinn and Nick Andrus of blew goals due to the pressure by the Leopards.

The Stags somehow managed to set up a play that the Leopards could not unravel and another goal was scored by McGlinn. The Leopards tried to keep up a good defense, but the Stags fought back for control.

Hernandez picked up his pace, gained control of the ball, and dribbled through the Stags determined to score, but was eventually tripped and CMS regained control.

With three minutes left in the game the Leopard pressure was intense. La Verne had another opportunity, but Piazza’s attempt was blocked.

The final score found CMS winning, 3-1.

“After four years of playing this team we knew we can hang with the best,” said senior Eric Gleason. “Last year they won 4-0, this year it was 3-1. We can only get better.”

“We played a good game we were competitive and they were frustrated at the end because we started playing them,” said freshman Uriel Jasso.

The continual effort by the team will hopefully lead into tomorrow’s 11 a.m. game against No. 3 SCIAC ranked Redlands, which is 1-0 and 2-4-1 overall.

The team will also look toward the Wednesday matchup against No. 2 SCIAC ranked Cal Lutheran.

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