Kim, Oxy Defense Keep Streak Alive

Kim, Oxy Defense Keep Streak Alive

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LOS ANGELES — The Occidental women's soccer team remained undefeated, holding on to first place in the SCIAC with a 2-0 win over Whittier College at Jack Kemp Stadium on Wednedsay night. 

Katherine Kim, the reigning SCIAC Offensive Player of the Week, scored her third goal of the season in the 30th minute on a penalty kick after Whittier was whistled for a hand ball in the box.

Kim, a senior from Oak Park, also scored Oxy's only goal in a 1-0 win at Pomona-Pitzer on Oct. 3.

Oxy scored its second goal in the 89th minute. Karla Alas-Lopez drove the ball up the right sideline on a 3-on-2 and hit the post with a shot. Elleni Bekele rebounded the shot in front of the net, took a touch to get around the goalkeeper and was pulled down by the ankle, earning a penalty kick. Bekele stepped up and hit a slow roller into the net to put the game away. 

Oxy's defensive unit continued its outstanding play, upping its shutout streak to seven consecutive matches. Led by the back line of Alas-Lopez, Devoney Amberg, Caroline Kearney and Isabella Bonomi, and goalkeeper Sydney Tomlinson, Oxy has only given up two goals on the season and one goal in SCIAC play. The last time the Tigers surrendered a goal was Sept. 14 in a 1-1 tie at Redlands. 

Alas-Lopez, a junior center back from Reseda, was recognized as the SCIAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for her work and Oxy's defensive success.

Season Impact: Oxy improves to 7-0-4 overall and 6-0-4 in SCIAC play. The Tigers have 22 points are are in first place in the SCIAC.

The Tigers have four SCIAC matches remaining as they try to secure a spot in the four-team SCIAC Postseason Tournament that determines the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs. 

Whittier falls to 4-4-4 and 3-4-3. 

Next Match: The Tigers are back in action on Saturday, hosting Redlands at 7 p.m. at Jack Kemp Stadium.

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