Dominant Weekend Keeps Athenas Unbeaten in SCIAC

off of last week’s win, the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women’s soccer team (6-2-1, 3-0 SCIAC) took the weekend in stride, extending
their winning streak to three with a dominant 3-0 victory over Whittier College (1-5-1,
0-2 SCIAC) and a hard-fought 2-1 win over University of La Verne
(3-4-0,1-2-0 SCIAC).

In their
match against Whittier, the Athenas opened with intensity. With two shots on goal
within the first three minutes of regulation time, the match appeared promising for
CMS. However, Whittier countered with a corner kick and two shots on goal with each
missing. With the heat still in the high 90s and the first half of the match
beginning to slow down, CMS coach Keri Sanchez made five substitutions to try
to make something happen. 

One of these substitutions was midfielder/forward Katelyn Faust CM ’17, who scored the first goal of the game within just six minutes. Three
minutes later, Makella Brems CM ’17 scored the second goal of the game with an
assist from Sydney Smith CM ’18.

Although the
Athenas possessed a 2-0 lead going into halftime, Sanchez saw the break as a
teaching opportunity to work through the holes in the team’s performance. 

“They [Whittier] came ready to play, and we came out a bit flat, without the intensity
needed,” Sanchez said. “However, despite that, we managed to score on two of our chances
and were winning the game. Then, we talked about coming out in the second
half with better intensity and playing more together.”

Indeed, the
Athenas came out of the half strongly when forward Isabel Lester CM ’15 found the
back of the net within 10 minutes. The Athenas secured a 3-0 victory when the
match was called in the 90th minute.

CMS picked up where they left off Sept. 24, in a game against University of La Verne, improving to 3-0 in SCIAC play.
The match was hard-fought defensively and offensively, with only five shots on
goal by CMS and six by La Verne.

Emily Cassel
CM ’17 scored the goal for CMS, while the other came off an own-goal by La
Verne. The game progressed slowly from the start, with the first shot coming at the four-minute
mark and the next shot seven minutes later. Both defenses worked hard to keep
the ball out of the box, and the result was a match with few scoring

A promising chance for CMS arose just seconds after Lester kicked her second shot on goal
of the night. CMS set up for a corner kick but unfortunately could not
connect. La Verne countered quickly with a shot on goal, blocked by goalkeeper Molly Freed CM ’15, and a corner kick. Both teams took to substitutions, looking
for a spark.

“What’s really good about our team is that we have a lot of
depth,” Faust said. “So we never have a drop off when we play players of the
bench. So I think that that is something really important for us.”

Following the transition to playing substitutions, La Verne scored the first
goal of the game at the 28th minute mark. Once again, following
substitutions from both teams, La Verne was able to score another goal. But this time it was an own-goal as the
momentum of the La Verne defender accidentally tipped a CMS cross in.

Coming out of halftime, the Athenas tried to match their
first-half intensity. They succeeded. In the 69th minute Lester
connected with Cassell, who found the back of the net. Sanchez made
more substitutions to provide a fresh defense, and the score remained at a constant 2-1 until the final whistle.

CMS looks ahead to
Saturday, Sept. 27, when the Athenas will host Occidental College in a tough conference
game at 7 p.m. The annual alumni game will be held the following day at 11 a.m.

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