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September 17, 2011

Larkin's impressive goalkeeping not enough in Tigers loss

By Allison Clark
Sports Information Assistant
 

RIVERSIDE, Calif.—Despite goalkeeper Andrew Larkin's best efforts Saturday afternoon, the Occidental College men's soccer team dropped their SCIAC match at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 2-1. Larkin anchored the Tigers defense all game long, fielding shot after shot.

"The stat sheet indicated 26 shots from C-M-S," coach Rod Lafurie said. "But few were troubling for Andrew, as they only had five shots on target."

Though the Stags attempted thirteen more shots than Oxy (1-3, 1-1) did, the Tigers defense was able to neutralize most of the home team's scoring chances.

"Our keeper was excellent today, delivering a veteran performance expected of a senior on crossed balls," said Lafurie.

With defense keeping the Tigers in the game deep into the second half, the offense was plagued with missed opportunities.

"You could argue the best three chances for either team that did not result in a goal fell to us with two one-on-ones and another clear shot that we could have buried," Lafurie said. "Soccer is a game of scoring your chances, and we didn't do that today."

Chances were slim in the first half, with only three shots by the Tigers. But the offense finally found more rhythm in the second period, getting off ten shots.

Oxy did eventually take advantage in the 87th minute as Marcus Brandford found the back of the net off a corner kick by James Kornfield.

But with just three minutes left it was too late. Sam Ullman and Eric Bean had already scored a goal apiece for the Stags.

"All the credit to C-M-S for being a quality side," Coach Lafurie said. "But I'm pleased with the effort and process of our team at the moment. We have to continue our improvement nevertheless. We just have to keep working."

The Tigers play their first home game of the season on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. versus La Verne, which can been seen live here.