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September 17, 2011

Early goals hurt Tigers again

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director

 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A pair of early goals burned the Occidental College women's soccer team for the second straight game.

The Tigers lost their SCIAC opener 2-0 to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at home on Saturday after conceding two goals in the first 46 minutes. Elizabeth Augustine found Kerry moller for the Athenas first score in the 31st minute, then Madi Shove finished her own rebound to beat Tigers goalkeeper Megan Leslie for an insurance goal just minutes into the second half.

It was the second straight game that Occidental played better late, but ended up with the same result.

"I thought we picked it up towards the end of the game when we switched defenses, but it just wasn't there," Oxy defender Bree Geary said. "They were one step ahead of us. We have some things to work on. ...We need to play a full 90 (minutes) instead of just one half."

On Wednesday, the Tigers (0-4, 0-1) fell behind early to Chapman 2-0 in the first half, eventually losing that game 3-2. This time, Oxy was unable to get any offense going in the second half but did play the Athenas (1-1-2, 1-1) to a draw for the final 44 minutes.

"I think we can be more of a presence," Tigers midfielder Liz Martin said. "We need to be more proactive and less reactive and with more composure on the ball. They went harder into challenges."

Junior forward Alex Nicholson and senior midfielder Alex McHenry each had a pair of shots and one shot on goal.

Occidental hits the road in search of its first win on Wednesday at the University of La Verne at 7 p.m.