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Walsh Kern had a goal and an assist (photo by Eva Fernandez)
Walsh Kern had a goal and an assist (photo by Eva Fernandez)

CMS Men's Soccer Defeats Whittier 3-0, Stretches Unbeaten Streak to Seven

WHITTIER, Calif. - Eric Sanchez scored the first goal, and Walsh Kern and James Gomez each finished with a goal and an assist as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men's soccer team took a 3-0 road win over Whittier on Wednesday evening.

The win stretches the CMS unbeaten streak to seven games as it improves to 7-2-4 overall and 5-2-3 in the SCIAC, putting it two points behind league-leading Redlands with two league games left to play (although the Bulldogs have a game in hand). Whittier falls to 3-9-1 overall and 1-8-1 in league play with the loss. 

Kevin Box had three saves in 64 minutes for the Stags in goal to get the win, before giving way to Daniel Kotkosky, who had one save to help combine on the shutout. 

Sanchez opened the scoring in the 19th minute on a counter, as Gomez made a long run up the right sideline and sent a pass through the front of the goal area, resulting in an easy sitter for Sanchez inside the six-yard box. 

The Stags extended their lead to 2-0 just before the half off a free kick. A loose ball pinged around inside the box, and Chase Keir was able to play it forward, where Kern was able to finish with a one-touch shot at the top of the six-yard box. 

Kern then set up the final goal of the game in the second half, when he rolled a perfectly placed through ball into the middle of the penalty area, and Gomez was able to calmly roll it inside the right post to make it a 3-0 final. 

CMS finished with a 17-11 advantage in shots and an 11-4 edge in shots on goal, while taking six corner kicks to two for the Poets. 

The Stags will be back in action on Saturday at 2 p.m. when they take on Bethesda in a non-league game that will also serve as the program's Senior Day.