Walsh, Tigers Beat CLU to Move Into First

Walsh, Tigers Beat CLU to Move Into First

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LOS ANGELESLiam Walsh scored a pair of goals, and Riley McCabe and Matthew Labrie each scored one as the Occidental men's soccer team upped it SCIAC winning streak to five games with a 4-1 win over Cal Lutheran at Jack Kemp Stadium on Saturday.

The Tigers move into a tie for first place in the SCIAC with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 21 points. 

Walsh scored twice in the second half to break the game open on an assist from Ben Simon in the 61st minute and another from Matthew Teplitz in the 69th.

Walsh, a senior from Washington, D.C., leads the SCIAC with six goals in conference play and he's scored eight total this season. 

Nate Dunning was credited with an assist on McCabe's goal in the 4th minute and Labrie's goal came moments later in the 6th minute, giving Oxy an early 2-0 cushion.

Luca Rodrigues cut Oxy's lead to 2-1 in the 44th minute with Cal Lutheran's goal just before halftime.

The Tigers sweep their season series against the Kingsmen with a pair of wins. 

Oxy has won five of its last six games with the only loss coming on the road at NCAA Division II UC San Diego. 

Season Impact: Oxy improves to 9-3 overall and 7-2 in the SCIAC.

The Tigers have five remaining SCIAC games on their schedule against Whittier, Redlands, Chapman, Caltech and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps as they look to return to the four-team SCIAC Postseason Tournament that determines the SCIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs. 

Cal Lutheran falls to 4-8 overall and 4-5 in SCIAC.

First Match Against Cal Lu: Ben Simon scored a pretty goal from 25 yards out to beat Cal Lutheran on the road in the first meeting between the teams in September. 

Next Game: The Tigers are back in action at Whittier on Oct. 10. Oxy then faces Redlands on the road on Oct. 13 and returns home to play Chapman on Oct. 17.

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