The Stags traveled to Thousand Oaks on Saturday and shutout the California Lutheran University Kingsmen 2-0. CMS tallied two first-half goals and held onto the lead for the full 90 despite a very determined Kingsmen squad. This was the second time this season CMS shutout Cal Lu.
The game started with multiple chances for the Stags to put one in the net and grab the lead and finally did so with help from Stefan Gonzalez (JR, San Gabriel in the 17th minute. Kevin Festini (SR, Fremont) sent in a dangerous cross that deflected off the CLU keeper Braden Hoyt to Gonzalez who expertly headed the ball into the goal.
The Stags doubled their lead in the 40th minute as Chris Lowen (FR, Cherry Hill, NJ) stayed onside and found himself one-on-one with the keeper after Ryan Weaver (SO, Monument, CO) played a beautiful ball over the Kingsmen defense. Lowen recorded his first collegiate goal as he ripped a shot from the edge of the box that found the side netting and left Hoyt helpless.
CMS took 11 total shot attempts on the day and forced three saves out of Hoyt. Center backs Tomislav Zbozinek (JR, Paradise Valley, AZ) and Nick Sparks (JR, La Caada) kept the Stags defense strong with outstanding play. Goalkeeper Ryan Fahey (JR, Bellevue, WA) earned the shutout for the Stags with three saves.
With just two games left in SCIAC play, the Stags (6-3-3) are in a good position to reach the SCIAC tournament, but still need good showings against Occidental and Redlands this week to ensure a good seed. CMS will travel to Occidental College on Wednesday afternoon in its final regular season road contest to take on the Tigers (6-5-1).