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Tigers notch very important first in program history

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Mar. 13, 2010) – In only their fourth game as an NCAA sanctioned sport, the Black and Orange earned another first in program history, a victory.  Not only did they pick up the win, but they did it in commanding fashion, sending the Carthage College Lady Reds home with their fourth straight defeat on their spring break trip, by the final score of 17-7.

Led by six goals by Sarah Kessler and three by Lauren Wemple, the Tigers scored early and often, stunning the Lady Reds in this Saturday morning non conference match up.

With just a little over two minutes gone, Wemple combined with Kessler to score the first three goals of the game, and the Black and Orange never looked back.

A relentless attack keyed the victory as Oxy fired away all morning, accounting for 45 shots compared to just 18 for Carthage.

The Lady Reds responded with a goal at the 21:56 mark, but then Wemple secured an early hat trick with two more goals, and the Tigers offensive continued to click.  Scoring five more goals, as the Black and Orange went into intermission with a 10-3 advantage.

Instead of playing tight, and just playing to keep the lead in the second half, Oxy came out firing.  Isabel Osgood-Roach scored ten seconds into the period, after Kessler secured the opening draw control, as the Tigers had the swagger of a team that expected to win.

Natalie Cels cut the lead to six, on a free position shot, with 19:38 on the clock.  The small threat was quickly stymied when Kessler took the following draw control and went almost 40 yards untouched for a score. 

Oxy went on to score three more goals, opening their biggest lead of the contest at 10, and that’s when the Tigers began to misfire.  Missing eight consecutive shots before Carthage scored again with 6:07 left.

Kessler responded with her sixth and final goal two minutes later, and the scoreboard read 17-7, four minutes later the clock hit 00:00 and the Tigers rushed the field finally showing the emotion that accompanies such a monumental accomplishment.

The victory also gave Coach Uhlfelder her first career NCAA victory.

Oxy (1-3, 0-2) can enjoy this victory for a couple days before returning to Patterson Field for a 7pm game against Sewanee College on Monday, March 15th.