Oxy's can't beat missed opportunities

Oxy's can't beat missed opportunities
By Sean Lee
Sports Information


LOS ANGELES – Occidental College women's soccer team outshot Chapman 16 to 8 but couldn't capitalize on good opportunities and dropped the final game of the season 4-0 at Lower Field on Saturday.

After allowing a goal to Rebecca Bortz in the 18th minute, the Tigers had a flurry of opportunities. They just could not beat Chapman's Marissa Fehrman, who made seven saves in the game.

About midway into the first half, McCaully Patch (Laguna) played a long ball from left midfield that found a wide open Karina Garcia (Alhambra) on the opposite side, but Fehrman took the perfect angle and snuffed out Garcia's move.

In the 24th minute, Elissa Minamishin (Waipahu, Hawaii) found a loose ball in the penalty box and fired it on goal, but Fehrman made another good play to save the attempt.

Six minutes later, Oxy drew a foul about five yards from the penalty on the left side. Patch decided to go for the goal instead of crossing it in, and the decision almost paid off. The curving shot hit the bottom of the crossbar and Oxy missed a goal by inches.

Patch had a solid game on the left side, finishing with nine shots with two of them on goal.

Oxy pressured the ball, shut down Chapman's passing for most of the game, and limited their opportunities, but the Panthers managed to take advantage of those chances as they scored four goals on only eight shots.

Two of Chapman's goals were so close that they came down to the assistant referee's decision. In the 59th minute, Jordan Royer found the ball in a penalty box scrum off a corner kick and somehow put it across the goal line for Chapman's second score. Karina Cisneros found herself in a similar situation in the box and scored in the 81st minute to put the game out of reach for the Tigers.

Michaela Tsuha (Honolulu), Taryn Ng (Milpitas), and Abigail Mitchell (Lafayette) each registered a shot on goal for the Tigers.

The Tigers finish the season 3-9-2 in SCIAC and 4-10-2 overall.