REDLANDS — All College students look forward to their 21st birthdays for obvious reasons, but Occidental College women's soccer player Kate Correll-Buss' (Denver) will be especially memorable.
The junior forward scored two goals on her birthday Saturday, leading the Tigers to a comeback-win over second-place Redlands 2-1.
Ellie Harrington one-timed a corner kick from Savannah Laursen in the 36th minute, giving the Bulldogs (6-2-2, 5-2-1 SCIAC)) a 1-0 lead. But Correll-Buss slotted an over-the-top ball from Taryn Ng (Milpitas) less than 1 minute later and then finished a pass from Stephanie Welty (Portland, Ore.) for the game-winning goal midway through the second half.
"It felt great to score on my birthday and I am so pleased with the efforts and attitude that our team displayed today," Correll Buss said. "It couldn't have been a better start to my 21st birthday I am thrilled with the result."
The Tigers (3-7, 2-6 SCIAC) have now beaten the Bulldogs in five of the last six regular season meetings between the schools.
Redlands had opportunities, but Oxy goalkeeper Tayler Renshaw (Phoenix) tied her season-high with seven saves to make sure the Tigers hung on for their biggest win of the year. Renshaw made seven saves on Sept. 3 against the Master's and twice last season she totaled eight in a game.
Correll-Buss is the second Oxy player to score multiple goals in one match this season. Whitney Roline (Eugene, Ore.) had a hat trick in a 5-0 win over Soka on Sept. 9.
Laursen led the game with six shots for the Bulldogs.
The Tigers return to action against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at Lower Field.
Ng says if Oxy can mimic their effort on Saturday that the second half of the conference season will be much different than the first.
"Today was a great win for the team and came purely from hard work and finally being able to connect on the field as a cohesive unit," Ng said."Now all we need to do is use this as motivation to keep carrying our season in this direction.