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CORNER KICKS THE DIFFERENCE IN OXY LOSS

CORNER KICKS THE DIFFERENCE IN OXY LOSS
By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director
 

LOS ANGELESElissa Minamishin (Waipahu, Hawaii) and Michael Tsuha (Honolulu) each scored second-half goals for the Occidental College women's soccer team, making things interesting for a brief period late in the second half.

But spotting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps three goals and giving up three goals on corner kicks was too much for the Tigers (3-8, 2-7 SCIAC) to overcome in a 4-2 loss to the Athenas (7-5, 6-3 SCIAC) at Lower Field on Wednesday.

With her team trailing by three, Minamishin fielded a pass from Michaela Tsuha (Honolulu) from 30 yards out and drilled the back of the net with a right-footed blast in the 76th minute.

A little less than 10 minutes later, Minamishin returned the favor, finding Tsuha to cut the CMS lead to one with 4 minutes, 59 seconds remaining in the game.

But Oxy's hopes of puling off a dramatic comeback were quickly quieted when Shaundra Ullman served up her fourth assist of the game and third on a corner kick.

Ullman found Madi Shove twice, and Kerry Moller and Annie Belanger once.

The Athenas connected on three of their seven corner kicks.

In the first half, Karina Garcia (Alhambra) fired two shots and the Tigers as a team had the match's only four shots in the first 20 minutes. On Garcia's second attempt, she brought down a cross with her chest and ripped a line drive that forced CMS goalkeeper Molly Freed to make a save.

One of Oxy's better chances, and prettier plays, was a counter attack with 3 minutes left in the first half. Abigail Mitchell (Lafayette) intercepted a CMS pass in her own territory, dribbled it to just outside CMS' 18-yard box and played a through ball that rolled just out ofTshua's reach and into Athenas' goalkeepr Molly Freed's hands.

The Tigers are back in action hosting Whittier at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Lower Field.