Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) scored a pair of late goals, but its rally from a two-goal deficit came up short as the Stags fell to Centre in third round play of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament on the campus of Kenyon in Gambier, Ohio on Saturday morning.
With the loss, CMS concludes its season 16-4-2 overall, while Centre advances to the national quarterfinals with an overall record of 19-3-1.
Centre scored twice in the first half as Alexander Garuba found the back of the net on a feed from Will Newton just two minutes into action to give the Colonels a 1-0 lead. Newton then scored one of his own in the 35th minute following a pass from Carson Hart to make it 2-0 after one period of play.
Still trailing by two goals late in the second stanza, Adam Singer halved the CMS deficit when he scored at the 87:46 mark to make it 2-1. Centre responded just nine ticks later as Nathan Wilcox capitalized on Newton's second assist of the game to make it 3-1. Singer then struck again - this time off a pass from William Barton at the 88:30 mark to again pull the Stags to within one at 3-2.
Justin Blachman had an opportunity at an equalizer for CMS at 89-minute mark but his attempt was touched aside by Haydon Korfhage for a corner kick. Blachman sent the corner kick into the box but Centre was able to clear and counter with the Stags' entire team pushed forward as Wilcox sprinted forward and fired into an empty net to seal the 4-2 thriller for the Colonels.
Eduardo De Anda finished with nine saves in the losing effort for CMS, while Korfhage provided eight stops for Centre to help clinch the win. Both teams notched 18 shots in the contest, with the Colonels holding a 13-10 edge in shots on target.