CMS Soccer Loses Coach, But Wins Game
Will Howard | Sept. 19, 2014, 10:32 p.m.
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s soccer team (2-0-1, 2-0-1 SCIAC) made coach Dan Calichman proud in his last game as head coach Sept. 13 by beating California Lutheran University (2-2-1, 1-1 SCIAC) 2-1 in double overtime on Pritzlaff Field. The team followed that performance with another 2-1 home win two days later against the University of La Verne.
The team’s first game against Cal Lutheran ended on a dramatic note as forward Ian Shelton CM ’17 scored the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute of double-overtime after a precise assist from forward Taylor Lemmon CM ’16. Midfielder Will Cresap CM ’17 provided the team’s first goal in the 36th minute after an assist from forward Michael Wagenveld CM ’18. Cal Lutheran’s Gabe Naudin tied the score at 1-1 in the 64th minute.
Goalkeeper Alex Choi CM '17 had a crucial save in the 95th minute to preserve the tie, which allowed the game to go into overtime.
“We just wanted to go out there, play for Dan, and get a win for his last game with the CMS team,” Choi said.
After more than 12 seasons as the head CMS men's soccer coach, Calichman decided to leave his position on an offer to become an assistant coach for Toronto FC, the city’s Major League Soccer team. The offer came from Toronto’s head coach Greg Vanney, a former teammate from Calichman’s time playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
In his time coaching the Stags, Calichman put up a 139-82-19 record overall and a 112-47-13 record in SCIAC play, both ranked second in all-time records of CMS men's soccer coaching history.
“I’ve got lots of favorite memories [as head coach for CMS], and certainly going out with a win will be up there,” Calichman said in a post-match video interview.
Lead by interim head coach Sam Ullman CM '12, the Stags beat the University of La Verne (4-3-1, 1-3 SCIAC) at a home game Sept. 15 to remain undefeated in SCIAC. The team scored both goals in the first half, one by forward Jacques Bialostozky CM ’17 and the other by defender Jaison Kimura CM ’15.
Bialostozky took control of the ball in the 11th minute. Quick and light on his feet, he scored a well-placed goal to bring the score to 1-0.
Just a few minutes later, La Verne’s Saul Uribe made a quick breakaway toward the goal, but was stopped by Choi, who made a quick kick save to keep the lead.
“The entire time I’m playing I’m thinking about keeping my team in the game, making as many saves as possible so that they can generate some sort of offense,” said Choi, who had a total of four saves in that game. “In that moment, my team needed me to step up, and I did.”
Later in the first half, La Verne, who ended with four total fouls against CMS’ 10, received a yellow card that lead to a Stags penalty kick. Kimura took advantage of that opportunity to bring the score to 2-0.
In the second half, the Stags kept up their solid defense but could not prevent Uribe from scoring a goal with a direct kick in the 83rd minute.
Lemmon had a game-high three shots, two of which were close headers, while Uribe led the Leopards with five shots, four of which were on goal. Overall, CMS outshot La Verne 19-10.
“We have an awesome group of guys," Choi said. "It is a bit of a setback with our coach leaving, but I think that the team has a great mentality going forward. It is an awesome opportunity not just for Dan but for the team to step up and find it within ourselves to write a new chapter for CMS men’s soccer," he added.
The Stags are set to play Chapman University on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. on the Panthers’ home field. Calichman will no doubt be watching the live footage of his boys from his new home in Toronto.