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Men's Soccer Season Opener Spoiled by Stags

Men's Soccer Season Opener Spoiled by Stags

Contact: Mark Albanese, Director of Sports Communication

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Undermined by three second half goals, the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team had its season opener spoiled 4-1 at the hands of host Claremont Mudd Scripps Colleges on Thursday night at Burns Stadium.

The Stags (1-0) drew first blood in the 26th minute with an unassisted score from Mehron Abdi. The Lutes' (0-1) equalized the score five minutes before halftime on a penalty kick goal from Eddie Na as the two squads entered halftime deadlocked at 1-1.

CMS pulled ahead in the 56th minute with Michael Crowley finding the back of the net while Patrick Burke added insurance scores in both the 67th and 84th minutes. The Stags concluded the contest with a 19-8 edge in shots, including nine of the 13 taken on frame.

"It was a difficult first game," said head coach John Yorke. "CMS was a tough physical team that was organized and disciplined. We were out worked in the boxes."

Tanner Premo tallied four saves on the night for PLU while CMS's Daniel Cui turned away three shots in his 45 minutes of relief work.

"We had some moments where we played well and in those moments we showed the potential of the team we can be. We will be better on Saturday."

The Lutes remain in the Golden State through the weekend, squaring off against Pomona-Pitzer Colleges on Saturday at 11 a.m.