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September 7, 2011

Women's soccer team overmatched in opener

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director

 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Occidental College women's soccer team couldn't hold off an offensive surge from The Master's College on Wednesday, dropping their season opener at home 4-1.

Oxy played the Mustangs (4-2) to a 1-1 tie in the second half at Lower Field, but goals from Alissa Adkins, Bobbie Roberts and Natasha Coyle in the first half were too much to overcome. Rachel Hartenberger had the fourth goal for the Master's in the second.

It was a tough way for Colm McFeely's squad to open the season, but not one that went without a few bright spots.

"While not the result we wanted from our opening game, we did find positives in the character and commitment within the squad," McFeely said. "The fact that we were prepared to keep pushing and showed no quit gives us something to build on going forward."

The highlight of the game for the Tigers (0-1) came when freshman Karina Garcia scored her first goal in black and orange on a cross from Liz Martin in the 76th minute.

"Four freshmen made their collegiate debuts and I was pleased with all of them," McFeely said. "And it was a special day for Karina Garcia finding the net in her first game in Oxy colors."

Garcia led the Tigers with two shots and two shots on goal. Elissa Minamishin had the only other shot on the frame. Alex McHenry, Kate Correll-Buss and Nicholson each had one shot, rounding out the Tigers total at six.

Occidental is back in action at home against Willamette on Sunday at 11 a.m.