Rafael Otero scored his eighth goal of the season for the Stags (photo by Ali McEachern)
Rafael Otero scored his eighth goal of the season for the Stags (photo by Ali McEachern)

CMS Men's Soccer Tripped Up by Pomona-Pitzer to Snap Eight-Game Unbeaten Streak

CLAREMONT, Calif. - Rafael Otero converted a first-half penalty kick for his eighth goal of the season, but Pomona-Pitzer was able to convert twice from the spot and capture a 3-1 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Wednesday night to spoil the regular season home final for the Stags at Pritzlaff Field.

The loss snaps an eight-game unbeaten streak for CMS, which falls to 8-3-4 overall and 5-3-3 in the SCIAC, although the Stags still have a postseason bid secured, standing four points clear of fifth place with one game to play. Pomona-Pitzer improves to 4-6-5 overall and 3-4-4 in the SCIAC with the win. 

Keyon Namdar opened the scoring for Pomona-Pitzer in the 19th minute, and Mattin Khoshzaban made it 2-0 when he converted on a penalty kick after Stags goalie Kevin Box was whistled for a foul in the penalty area. 

CMS got one back when the Sagehens committed a foul in the box in the 42nd minute, and Otero was able to finish to cut it to 2-1 at the break.

The Stags nearly equalized on three occasions in the second half, as James Gomez hit the crossbar from in close, and Andrew McSlarrow had a shot cleared off the line by a Pomona-Pitzer defender. Otero then blistered an 18-yard shot that resulted in a spectacular save from Will Brooks to give the Sagehens up by one. 

In the 88th minute, Pomona-Pitzer was able to earn a second penalty kick and Aidan MacLennan converted to seal the win. 

CMS held a 17-12 edge in shots and a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks on the day. Box finished with five saves for CMS and Brooks had six for the Sagehens. 

The Stags close out the regular season with a road game at Caltech on Saturday, and will then see if they open SCIAC Tournament play on Wednesday at either Occidental or Redlands.