Remy's Penalty Beats Whittier in OT

Remy's Penalty Beats Whittier in OT

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.

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