Playing in a faint drizzle under the lights at Pritzlaff, Wednesday night's matchup between second place CMS (10-2-2, 8-1-2 in SCIAC) and first place Redlands (9-2-2, 8-1-2 in SCIAC) proved to be a highly energetic and exciting match. With the Stags only trailing behind the Bulldogs by three points in league before the fixture, both teams realized the significance of the outcome of the game.
Despite multiple opportunities in the first half, the teams were level at halftime, nil-nil the score. Neither team was able to find their momentum offensively and possession fluctuated between the squads.
After 82 minutes of intense tackles and nail-biting chances, David Taylor (SO, Brookline, MA) [pictured] came to the rescue for the Stags with a spectacular finish assisted by Michael Nguyentat (SR, Carmichael). The Bulldogs, however, responded by pressing forward and creating many offensive opportunities, including one that resulted in an outstanding goal-line stop by the Stags defense. Battling until the clock wound down, the match ended with a final score of 1-0 in favor of CMS, giving the CMS defense their 8th shutout of the season.
This victory over Redlands creates a tie for first place between CMS and the Bulldogs, with the tiebreaker in the hands of the Stags because of their winning head-to-head record.
On Saturday the Stags face La Verne (4-8-1, 4-6 in SCIAC) at 11 AM at home. Previously away at La Verne, the Stags battled to a 2-1 win in overtime.