Sports in Brief

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Author: Oliver Field

Women’s Soccer

(0-4 overall, 0-1 SCIAC)

The women’s soccer team is still searching for their first win after falling short in their most recent games against Chapman University on Sept. 14 and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) on Sept. 17. Despite a Tiger comeback in which Elissa Minamishin’s (sophomore) had two second-half goals, Chapman was able to hold on for a 3-2 victory. In addition to Minamishin’s success, Alexandra Nicholson (junior) got involved in the attack by hitting four shots, two of them on goal. The team had a positive outlook on their second-half play and looked to head into the SCIAC competition hungry for a win. However, the story was very much the same against CMS as the Tigers conceded a goal on either side of the halftime whistle to go down 2-0. The deficit was enough to stop the Tigers who were outshot 13-7 on that day. The Tigers will extend their search for a win on the road on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.

Cross Country

Eric Kleinsasser (senior) led the cross country team to a second-place finish at the UC Riverside Invitational. His victory over a field of 139 runners was another great accomplishment for the senior. Colin Smith (first-year) was next for Occidental, finishing 11th overall, followed by Sebi Devlin-Foltz (senior) who finished 23rd and Will Hollingsworth (senior) who finished 26th.  For the women, Megan Lang (junior) finished first for Occidental, 38th overall, with a time of 18:46. Anna Dalton (senior) finished not far behind Lang with a time of 18:55. This was Lang’s second race as Occidental’s first-place runner. Both teams will run again at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Oct. 1.

Football

(1-1 overall, 0-0 SCIAC)

On Sept. 17, the Menlo Oaks stunned Occidental who came out of the game on the wrong side of a high-scoring affair, losing 41-17.  Despite being able to march the ball down the field, amassing 21 first downs, four turnovers proved to be the difference and ultimately led to their demise. Occidental quarterback Luke Collis (senior) had a solid passing game, throwing over 235 yards, and wide receiver Ryan Rodriguez (junior) stood out with 11 receptions and a touchdown. It was Occidental’s defense that had trouble stopping the Menlo College ground game.  Menlo’s Thomas Reynolds ran for 137 yards on 18 carries, and his team outran the Tigers 203 yards to Occidental’s 48. The Tigers now have a break and are looking to open SCIAC play with a win at Whittier on Oct. 1.

Volleyball

(7-2 overall, 0-0 SCIAC)

The Tigers stormed into Texas at the Trinity National Invitational eager to boost their win column and did just that as they knocked off some top-ranked opponents. On Friday, the girls beat the hosts and number 23 ranked Trinity University before sweeping Texas Lutheran 3-0 the very same day. Logan Boyer-Hase (junior) led the team in kills with 28 on that day, 16 against Trinity and 12 against Texas Lutheran. Meanwhile Jesse Altman (sophomore) registered 36 assists.  The team took on two more games Saturday, beating 10th ranked Southwestern, then narrowly losing to seventh ranked St. Thomas from Minnesota. They continue their SCIAC play on Friday, Sept. 23 at Pomona-Pitzer and take on Chapman and Caltech on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1:00 and 6:00, respectively.

Men’s Soccer

(1-3 overall, 1-1 SCIAC)

The Tigers stormed into their SCIAC opener against the Cal Tech Beavers on Sept. 14 and came out victorious by a score of 4-0. Marcus Brandford (sophomore) got the Tigers on the board just 10 minutes into the contest. Traylor White (first-year) added an Occidental goal before a Beaver own goal gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead going into halftime. Tyler Eng (first-year), added the final Tiger goal on a strike from 30 yards. Then, on Sept. 17, the Tigers traveled to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) and lost 2-1. They fell behind the Stags 2-0 shortly after the half. Brandford responded for the Tigers by scoring his second goal of the season in the waning minutes of the game. Occidental will now shift their focus to their SCIAC home opener against La Verne on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.

 

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