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Bulldogs end year with 2-0 loss to CMS in NCAA DIII Men's Soccer Championship

Bulldogs end year with 2-0 loss to CMS in NCAA DIII Men's Soccer Championship
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Thirteenth-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) converted two penalty kicks in the first half and made those goals stand up in a 2-0 victory Saturday over Texas Lutheran in the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship's opening round.

William Birchard knocked home the two penalty kicks, and CMS advanced in the NCAA post-season to face Trinity on Sunday afternoon. The Tigers, like TLU a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, defeated University of Texas at Dallas 3-1.
 
Birchard received the two penalty-kick opportunities after a TLU hand-ball in the box and a Bulldog foul in the box. He converted the first penalty kick in the eighth minute and made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute.
 
CMS improved to 14-4-2 overall.
 
TLU, with its school-record 15 victories, ended its historic 2019 campaign at 15-6 overall.
 
The Bulldogs played in the NCAA tournament for just the second time in school history. The Bulldogs won the 2019 SCAC Championship with back-to-back wins last weekend over Trinity (Texas) and Colorado College.
 
The Stags out-shot TLU 18-6 and had a 9-1 edge in shots on goal. Birchard had four total shots on goal, including the two penalty kicks.
 
TLU forward Luis Green, the SCAC Offensive Player of the Year, led TLU with two total shots. Braulio Adam had the lone TLU shot-on-goal.
 
Bulldog freshman keeper Caleb Weed made six saves. CMS keeper Eduardo De Anda needed to make just one save.
 
Fouls were even at nine. CMS had 14 corner kicks to TLU's three.
 
The match was the final collegiate contest for TLU seniors Lalo Lopez-Rivera, Cameron Townes, Chase Silk, Guillermo Guerra, Cole Welker, Jacob Trujillo, and Jose Torres-Luna Jr.