Castro, Tomlinson and Alas-Lopez Named All-Region

Castro, Tomlinson and Alas-Lopez Named All-Region

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LOS ANGELES — Three Occidental women's soccer players were chosen as United Soccer Coaches First Team All-West Region selections after outstanding seasons.

Sydney Tomlinson (senior, goalkeeper), Karla Alas-Lopez (junior, defender) and Nicole Castro (senior, midfielder) all earned the distinction after leading Oxy to its best season in program history. The Tigers won their first SCIAC Tournament Championship by beating Pomona-Pitzer in a penalty shootout and made the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the first time.

"For Sydney, Nicole and Karla to be selected in the top 11 players in the Western United States is a tremendous accolade and one that leaves me so happy for them and delighted too that they have been recognized in this way at the end of such an historic season," Oxy head coach Colm McFeely said. "Although these awards are for this season, the work did not start in August it is the reward for years of dedication and preparation culminating in stellar regular-season performances, SCIAC Tournament Championship victory and entry into NCAA Championship play in Texas."
 
All three players were also named First Team All-SCIAC earlier in November and were a major part of Oxy's top-ranked SCIAC defense.
 
Tomlinson, a senior from Bellevue, Wash., anchored Oxy's defense as its goalie and co-captain. She started every game, giving up just seven goals, while making 83 saves with a goals against average of 0.37.
 
In front of Tomlinson, Alas-Lopez, a junior center back from Reseda, was Oxy's defensive leader. On Oct. 8 she was named the SCIAC Defensive Player of the Week.
 
Castro, a senior from Mill Creek, was outstanding as a defensive midfielder and co-captain for Oxy. She also scored Oxy's game-winning goal at CMS to help the Tigers secure their playoff positioning.
 
"This kind of visibility no doubt brought the talents of Sydney, Nicole and Karla to a wider audience and with it the opportunity for individual and program recognition at this high level," McFeely said. "It's a further boost for all our players to see what can be achieved and where they can take this program in the next few years."