Photo by Michael Wong
Pasadena, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2016) – A strong defensive showing in the second half was not enough for the Caltech men's soccer team as the Beavers fell to SCIAC foe Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges, 5-0, on Saturday morning.
The Stags improve to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference, while the Beavers drop to 0-5 (0-4).
From the start of the game, the Stags were looking to attack the Beavers' back line, spreading the field and sending numerous through balls into the box. Within the first 13 minutes, the Stags jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead.
Caltech locked in on defense at that point, limiting the visitors' chances over the next 24 minutes before a 36th-minute curler from outside the box put CMS ahead 3-0 at halftime.
The Beavers came out rejuvenated in the second half, again playing stout defense, with senior Schaeffer Reed (Miami, Fla. / Westminster Christian) in particular coming up with a slew of interceptions and recovered balls. The Stags' deep bench came into play late in the game, however, mustering scores in the 66th and 87th minutes. The Beavers fought right to the end, with freshman Kevin Yu (Park Ridge, N.J. / Park Ridge) cutting through multiple defenders on several occasions and finally creating enough space to whip in a low shot, but the effort was saved.
Head Coach Phil Murray and the Beavers will travel to Thousand Oaks to play Cal Lutheran University (3-3, 2-2) on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.