LOS ANGELES — Occidental women's soccer took home a bunch of SCIAC awards after an outstanding regular season.
Colm McFeely and his assistant coaches (Jaime Acuna, Tayler Renshaw, Amanda Mills, Kellee Murayama, Robert Jorgensen and Grace Sponaugle) were named the SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year, Isabella Bonomi was named the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year, Karla Alas-Lopez, Nicole Castro and Sydney Tomlinson were named First Team All-SCIAC, and Elleni Bekele was named Second Team All-SCIAC.
Oxy won at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps last Saturday 1-0, punching its ticket to its fourth SCIAC Postseason Tournament. The Tigers finish tied for second place in the standings and will play at Cal Lutheran as the No. 3 seed in the SCIAC Tournament on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Tigers were the best SCIAC team on defense, surrendering just four goals in conference, while recording 11 shutouts.
Tomlinson, a senior from Bellevue, Wash., anchored Oxy's defense as its goalie. She played in all 14 games, giving up just four goals, while making 64 saves with a save percentage of .941.
"She's been one of the highest-level keepers in SCIAC for all four years," Oxy head coach Colm McFeely said. "Now, in her senior year playing a leadership role as captain and getting justly rewarded with a First Team All-SCIAC selection, is a great honor."
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.
"Karla's growth over the last couple of years has been something to witness and has played a major role in what our record is this season," McFeely said. "She continues to grow and is as good as there is at her position in SCIAC. It's a well-deserved selection."
Castro, a senior from Mill Creek, was outstanding as a defensive midfielder and captain for Oxy. She also scored Oxy's game-winning goal at CMS to help the Tigers secure their playoff positioning.
"I'm delighted to see Nicole recognized on the First Team after having a previous Second Team selection," McFeely said. "She does the type of things that can go unseen so it's a pleasure to see that the conference coaches recognized her work. Its a great reward for four years of tremendous work in leading us."
Bekele, a junior midfielder from Long Beach, was Oxy's best creator on offense and led the team in scoring with five goals on the season.
"Elleni is one of the most, if the not the most, talented and technically sound midfielders in the conference," McFeely said. "She's really come on to her game and sparkled recently. It's great for her as a junior to get recognition. No doubt if she keeps progressing she will be on the First Team in the future."
Bonomi, a first year from Palo Alto, was outstanding on set pieces and free kicks, while playing terrific defense at the fullback position. She scored four goals and had four assists.
Bella has been the find of the season," McFeely said. "She has phenomenal attacking instincts, a wonderful left foot and has been somebody that's jumped out from the start and kept consistent the whole way through. She was rightly honored as the Newcomer of the Year."
Oxy had several players recognized throughout the regular season for outstanding play. Alas-Lopez, Bonomi and Tomlinson all earned SCIAC Defensive Player of the Week honors, along with Devoney Amberg, Rachel Kolpa and Katherine Kim each earned SCIAC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
If Oxy beats Cal Lutheran, it will play in the SCIAC Championship game on Nov. 3. The highest remaining seed in the tournament will host the final.Follow Oxy Athletics on Twitter Sign Up for Newsletters Watch on Youtube Follow us on Instagram