Walsh, Tigers Clinch SCIAC Tourney Spot

Walsh, Tigers Clinch SCIAC Tourney Spot

LOS ANGELESLiam Walsh continues his incredible season and the Occidental men's soccer team is headed to the SCIAC Tournament.

With just 5:36 left in double overtime, the senior forward from Washington, D.C. nailed a brilliant free kick from 20 yards out, sending the Tigers home with a 2-1 win over Chapman at Jack Kemp Stadium on Wednesday.

Walsh, who has scored eight goals in his last five games, including a hat-trick at Redlands on Saturday, ups his SCIAC-best goal total to 11 in conference play this season. He has 13 total in 2018 and has scored 27 and counting in his magnificent career. 

The next closest SCIAC player is at six goals.

Oxy clinches a spot in the four-team SCIAC Postseason Tournament for the third time in program history and remains in a tie for first place in the SCIAC with Redlands and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 27 points. Oxy, which has played one more game than CMS and Redlands, now sets its sights on its first regular season championship in program history and the possibility of hosting one or more games in the tournament, with two conference games to play.

The Tigers made the tournament as the No. 4 seed in 2014 and 2015.

In 2015, Oxy missed winning the regular season SCIAC championship by just three points in the SCIAC standings.

Aiden Wall scored Chapman's goal in the 26th minute. He got past the Oxy defense and was able to touch the ball around Oxy goalkeeper Scott Drazan for the 1-0 lead.

Oxy's Nate Dunning scored the equalizer in the 47th minute. Miles Robertson played a long ball over the top in from midfield, Ben Simon touched it out of the air forward for Dunning, who ran it down and put it in the back of the net with his right foot. Simon and Robertson were credited with assists on the play.

Chapman was awarded a penalty kick in the 9th minute. Kai Howe's shot hit the post and then Oxy goalkeeper Scott Drazan made a nice save on the rebound and the Tigers were able to clear the ball out of trouble. 

Oxy's best chance to score in the first half came on a free kick in the 37th minute. Riley McCabe, Oxy's 6-foot-5 center back, got his head on the ball, but it went off the crossbar. McCabe has been good on defense and offense this year, chipping in three goals and one assist. Earlier this season he was recognized as the SCIAC's Defensive Player of the Week.

Season Impact: Oxy improves 11-4 overall and 9-3 in SCIAC play.

Chapman falls to 7-7 and 5-6.

Next Game: The Tigers are back in action on Friday night, hosting UC Santa Cruz in a non-conference game at Jack Kemp Stadium. Oxy's next SCIAC game is at Caltech on Oct. 24 at 4 p.m.

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