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Early goals earn Athenas victory over Redlands and SCIAC lead

Early goals earn Athenas victory over Redlands and SCIAC lead

Redlands, CA – The Claremont-Mudd Scripps women's soccer team earned their fourth win in a row and now lead the SCIAC after cruising through University of Redlands (2-5-1, 1-3-1) on the road with a 3-1 victory. The Athenas (6-4-0, 4-1-0) controlled the ball for most of the game and outshot the Bulldogs 23-14. Seniors Laynee Laube (CMC) and Katelyn Faust (CMC) scored the first two goals for the Athenas at the opening three minutes while sophomore Sarah Malott (CMC) added an insurance goal in the second half. Hanya Loskustoff found the net for the Bulldogs while goalkeeper Hannah Menk made seven saves to keep the team afloat.

The Athenas wasted no time to generate a large lead in the first half as Laube drilled a shot into the top right corner of the net in the first minute to open up the game. Less than two minutes later, Laube found Faust for the assist and the senior forward struck the ball to the top left corner of the net to give CMS a 2-0 lead.

Even though the Athenas held a fairly large lead, the Bulldogs showed more desperation on the attack and managed to outshoot the Athenas 10-8. CMS almost had a scare in the 20th minute when Lauren Bay took a corner kick and Faith Campbell managed to get a shot attempt, but senior Kelly McConnell (HMC) was there for the save.

In the 29th minute, the Bulldogs cut the lead in half off a corner kick. Bay delivered the ball in front of the CMS goal and the ball ricocheted off several players before coming to Loskustoff's foot. The forward knocked the ball in to make it 2-1.

The Athenas got more aggressive on the offensive end in the second half, outshooting the Bulldogs 13-6. Sophomore Sydney Talmi (CMC) was denied twice in the 57th minute as she saw her two near-goal attempts blocked and cleared for a corner. However, in the 59th minute Malott took a pass from freshman Sarah Tocher (CMC) at the top of the box and drilled a powerful shot at the top left corner to give CMS the 3-1 lead.

The defense managed to keep the Bulldogs at bay, preventing them from quality shot attempts, but towards the 90th minute the Bulldogs received a foul in the box and was awarded a penalty to cut the Athenas' lead. McKenzie Oliger went for the attempt, but missed as her shot was saved by McConnell.

The women's soccer team will hit the road again this Saturday, Oct. 1 when they face Whittier College at 7 p.m. 

By Young Kim
Sports Information Assistant

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