CLAREMONT – The Occidental College women's soccer team played a scoreless draw into the second half, but came away with a tough 1-0 setback against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Pritzlaff Field on Saturday.
After a back-and-forth first half in which neither team could find its rhythm, both teams came out of the break playing more aggressively and pressuring the ball.
In the 60th minute, Oxy goalkeeper Tayler Renshaw (Phoenix, Ariz.) made a diving one-handed stop on Shaundra Ullman's shot, but the ball caromed off a post and Isabel Lester put it into the back of the net for the decisive goal for CMS (3-2, 2-0 SCIAC).
Renshaw made four saves in 90 minutes of action.
Oxy (1-3, 0-2 SCIAC) attempted a few last-minute tries, but could not muster enough to score the equalizer.
Late in the second half, Michaela Tsuha (Honolulu) drove a shot from outside the penalty box that forced a diving stop from CMS goalkeeper Hannah Dunham. The ball bounced off a corner post and found Bridget Harvey (Hanover, N.H.) in the box, but her shot sailed just high and wide off the goal.
Oxy was presented with another opportunity to tie the score when Kate Correll-Buss (Denver) drew a foul just outside the top of the penalty box with about 5:45 left in the match. Junior forward Elissa Minamishin (Waipahu, Hawaii) took a direct free kick but the shot sailed high.
Minamishin was active on offense, firing three shots. Michaela Tsuha (Honolulu) added two for the Tigers.
Despite the final score, the match was evenly played and one of the better Oxy performances in the last few years, according to the head coach Colm McFeely.
"We played SCIAC playoff games against CMS and another against Redlands at Claremont," McFeely said. "And today's performance was on par with any of those.
"We need to keep our heads up despite the loss, take credit for the performance and build from there."
Oxy got off nine shots to CMS' 10. Both teams earned four corner kicks and saved four shots.
The Tigers return to action Wednesday with a 5 p.m. contest at Whittier.