By Kendrick Mooney
Photo Credit: Sam Lee Photography
LOS ANGELES – With 22 seconds left in the first overtime and a 1-1 tie score against Whittier, Oxy's Tod Kawada drew a foul in the box, earning the Occidental men's soccer team a penalty kick.
Elijah Remy stepped up to the spot, buried the winner and the Tigers erupted in celebration as they defeated the Poets 2-1 to remain in the four-team SCIAC playoff mix at Jack Kemp Stadium on Monday.
"I'm really proud of these guys," said Oxy head coach Rod Lafaurie. "They showed a lot of heart in this game. This is the first time all season we came back when we were down. A good win for a young team."
Oxy was facing defeat until a Kawada cross was finished off by Morgan Bennett-Smith with 9 minutes left in regulation, tying the game at 1-1.
It was Bennett-Smith's fifth conference goal, sixth best in the SCIAC, and Kawada's conference-leading sixth assist.
The Tigers had a number of opportunities in the first half, but could not capitalize on them. 33 minutes into the game, the Tigers had a chance to score off a free kick. Liam Walsh put good power behind the ball, but it sailed over the goal.
Seconds later, the Tigers had another opportunity on a Ryan Wilson corner kick to Bennett-Smith. He headed the ball, but it was saved. Walsh took a follow up shot that was blocked as well.
The Poet's Jacob Conlon scored the first goal 57 minutes into the game off an assist from Ricardo Pena.
Season Impact: The Tigers improve to 7-8-1 overall and 6-7 in SCIAC play. With three matches to play, Oxy is four points back of the fourth and final SCIAC Postseason Tournament spot.Follow Oxy Athletics on Twitter Sign Up for Newsletters Watch on Youtube Follow us on Instagram