The top-seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) men's soccer team secured the 2019 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Postseason Tournament title with a 2-0 win over second-seeded Redlands on Saturday evening at Pritzlaff Field in Claremont, Calif.
With the win, CMS improves to 14-3-2 overall and earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. Redlands moves to 10-5-3 overall and awaits a possible at-large bid to the NCAA postseason. The NCAA Selection Show will take place Monday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m. PDT. The tournament win is the Stags' first since 2012.
After holding an early edge in posession, CMS broke into the lead when tournament MVP Ethan Tyng played the ball forward down the wing to Cole Smith who finished with a curling shot into the lower left corner to give the Stags a 1-0 lead just nine minutes into the game.
CMS held that advantage and deep into the second stanza before Tyng found the back of the net himself to give the Stags a 2-0 lead. Justin Blachman play a long ball from the right side that Tyng finished with one touch to seal the game.
CMS held an 11-9 advantage in shots, and a 5-3 edge in shots on goal as five different Stags tested the Redlands goalkeeper Adrian Munoz who made three saves in the losing effort.
CMS net-minder Eduardo De Anda also made three stops to help preserve the clean sheet, as he turned away the efforts Joseph Parra, Derrin Valeri and Steve Acuna who each notched a shot on frame for the Bulldogs.