Ethan Hallberg (pictured) scored the game winner in the 69th minute of the SCIAC Tournament final and CMS went on to earn their fourth straight Tournament Title 2-0 over Whittier on Saturday afternoon.
CMS (13-6-2) was appearing in the final for the fourth straight year and the fifth time overall while visiting Whittier (10-12) was making their inaugural appearance in the championship game. The Stags controlled the first half outshooting the Poets 5-1, but the team enter the break tied at 0-0.
Both teams had more chances in the second half. Whittier had seven shots, but only three were on goal and CMS keeper Daniel Roberts stopped all three to earn his second straight shutout. CMS had nine second half shots with six on net. Whittier keeper David Diaz was able to stop four, but he could not keep Hallberg from scoring his first game-winning goal of the season. David Taylor beat the defense down the right side and cut the ball back to Hallberg who buried his shot for the only goal the Stags would need to win. Harrison Doyle, who scored the double-overtime game-winner in the semis at Redlands on Thursday, put the game away by converting a Taylor pass in the 85th minute.
CMS earns the SCIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships with the victory. The Stags will find out who, when and where they are playing when the NCAA announces the field on Monday, November 5 at 10:00 am.