Author: Ryan Whalen
Football (1-1 overall, 0-0 SCIAC)
The Occidental football team was able to capture its first victory of the season at home on Saturday. The black and orange took on the visiting Austin College Kangaroos in what turned out to be an aerial shootout. All-SCIAC First Team quarterback Tommy Edwards (senior) was at the helm of the Tigers’ offensive attack, passing for 293 yards and three touchdowns. Junior wideout Sam Stekol was Edwards’ go-to target, catching 13 passes for 163 yards and two trips to the end zone. Running back Kwame Do (sophomore) opened up the passing lanes for Edwards, rushing for 129 yards and sprinting past the defense for a 61-yard score in the third quarter. The Tiger defense rebounded from last week’s difficult game against Pacific University, generating five turnovers, two of which came on hard hits by sophomore Benjamin Kamerin. Although Occidental dominated for the majority of the game, three Edwards interceptions prevented a Tigers’ blowout. The offensive firepower from Occidental proved too much for the Kangaroos to handle, and the black and orange prevailed 35-25. The team has a bye week next weekend before opening SCIAC play against Redlands at home on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.
Volleyball (8-2 overall, 2-0 SCIAC)
The volleyball team continued its winning ways on Saturday with a 3-0 sweep of La Verne. Outside hitter Dana Michels (sophomore), who had 13 kills in the match, led the Tigers’ offensive attack. The black and orange pounced on the Leopards to take a 7-1 lead before cruising to a 25-17 first-set victory. The second set of the match was laced with errors for both teams, as Occidental could not stay off the net and La Verne could not put their serves in play. The back-and-forth swing came to a decisive end when Stephanie Gann (senior) pounded a two-handed block into the ground to secure the 25-23 set victory. The Tigers returned to form in the third set, finishing with a 25-17 duplicate of the first. Seniors Alyssa Mort and Madyson Cassidy turned in solid performances as well. Mort contributed eight kills, and Cassidy led the team with 15 digs. The squad was in progress against Whittier at the time of publication and hosts Cal Lutheran on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Men’s Soccer (1-6 overall, 0-4 SCIAC)
The Occidental men’s soccer team played at CMS on Saturday in its lone competition of the weekend. The Tigers were looking to break their five-game losing streak heading into the match. However, the black and orange quickly found themselves in a hole after just 40 minutes of play. After starting off slowly and finding themselves down 4-0, Alessandro Carotenuto (junior) punched in the first goal for Occidental in the 41st minute, giving the Stags a 4-1 lead heading into halftime. Though the Tigers were the only team to score in the second half with Zoe Johnson (junior) netting a shot in the 61st minute, neither team was able to break the defensive stalemate for the remainder of the contest. The 4-2 loss stretched the Tigers’ losing streak to six games. The team hosts Caltech tonight at 7 p.m. on Patterson Field.
Although the Occidental men’s water polo team has yet to notch a victory this season, captain Jack Stabenfeldt (senior) has been a constant force on both ends of the pool for the black and orange. The utility player led the team with 64 goals in 30 games last year to go along with 26 steals. He has remained consistent in the early going of this season, recording his first hat-trick of the 2013 campaign on Sept. 14 against Concordia University. He finished the season-opening Inland Empire Classic with seven goals and five assists. Though Stabenfeldt experienced some defensive double teams over the weekend in the Lancer Invitational, he still produced six goals on the tournament. Stabenfeldt and company will look to break their eight-game skid and capture their first win of the season this Saturday in the Sunbird Round Robin Tournament at Fresno Pacific.
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