By Michael Wells Sports Information Director
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—There were two plays in the first three minutes that the Occidental College men's soccer team wishes they had back on Saturday.
The Tigers conceded a pair of goals within the first three minutes that proved to be the difference in a 3-1 loss to the University of Redlands at Jack KempStadium.
Cody Carlson scored just seconds after the opening whistle and Pat Roraff found the net two minutes later, giving the Bulldogs (5-3, 3-0) a comfortable lead they sustained throughout the match.
Following the two early blemishes, the game was evenly played by both sides.
Occidental coach Rod Lafaurie suspected his guys might have been a little anxious from the start, playing against one of the SCIAC's elite soccer teams.
"We started off so slowly and that's disappointing. Maybe a little bit nervous in some cases," Lafaurie said. "When you're playing a good team like Redlands it will show if you're a little nervous and they capitalized."
Ben Murray scored the only goal of the second half on a penalty kick for the Tigers (2-4, 2-2) in the 86th minute.
"We just came out really slow and we weren't ready and obviously Redlands was. We just didn't have a good first half," Murray said. "You just kind of what a consolation goal at that point. Obviously we kept playing hard, but we got a couple late ones against Claremont and you never know what can happen."
Oxy was much better after settling in, firing off five shots in the second half compared to the two they managed in the first 45 minutes.
"Once that two minutes passed we were okay," Lafaurie said. "This team can do it. We fixed some things in the second half and there's no doubt we can play with some of the best teams in the league."