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James Gomez heads in one of his two goals on the day (photo by Eva Fernandez)
James Gomez heads in one of his two goals on the day (photo by Eva Fernandez)

CMS Men's Soccer Erupts for 7-1 Win over Whittier

CLAREMONT, Calif. - First-year forward James Gomez had his first two collegiate goals in the first half, and junior defender Jacoby Lockman had his first two career goals in the second half, as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's soccer team erupted for a 7-1 win over Whittier on Saturday night at Pritzlaff Field.

The win improves the Stags to 3-2-2 on the season and gets them into the win column at 1-2-1 in the SCIAC. Whittier falls to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in league play with the loss. 

CMS was clinical in its finishing, scoring four times in the first half and three times in the second. John Laidlaw opened the scoring at the 10:19 mark in the first half when he headed in a corner kick taken by Rafael Otero

Just 2:45 later, Gomez sent a blast into the corner of the net from just outside the penalty to make it a 2-0 game just 12:54 into the game. Whittier got one back on a counter at the 15:22 mark, but CMS struck twice in quick succession at the end of the half to essentially put the game away by intermission. 

Gomez scored his second when he got on the back end of a cross from Shaan Malik and headed it in from 10 yards out to make it a 3-1 game with 9:15 left in the half. Just 1:27 later, Jake Allmon scored on a rocket from 25 yards out that went straight into the upper-right corner to make it a 4-1 CMS lead. 

Lockman kept the momentum going to start the second half when he dribbled into the middle of the penalty box and sent a knuckler into the left side of the net from 15 yards out just 3:32 after the break. With 16:50 to go, Luca Wahlberg scored when he headed in a rebound after Alex Sondergaard had his effort from inside the box. Lockman closed out the scoring in the 82nd minute when he blasted in a shot from 25 yards after a short pass from Nico Monsalve.

Miles Demarest had four saves in relief for the Stags, while Kevin Box played the first 55 minutes and earned the win in goal. 

CMS will be back in action when it travels to Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday for a 4 p.m. contest.