WHITTIER – Elissa Minamishin fired the opening salvo against Whittier, but the Occidental College women's soccer team allowed three consecutive goals to Madison Shipherd in the first half as they fell 3-1 on Saturday night.
In the 8th minute, Michaela Tsuha released Minamishin for a clear scoring opportunity and Minamishin calmly put it past Whittier goalkeeper Shanna Falch to give the Tigers (3-6-2, 2-5-1 SCIAC) an early lead.
Minamishin now has five goals on the season.
Whittier (1-12, 1-7 SCIAC) answered in the 21st minute when Shipherd was able to put a header past Oxy goalie Tayler Renshaw on a corner kick from Courtney Maddux for her first goal of the game. In the 30th minute, Shipherd whipped a free kick from top of the box for her second score of the game and completed the hat trick just two minutes later with a midrange shot from a lofted through ball from Rose Marie Orlando.
Oxy ramped up the pressure and kept most of the ball in the second half, outshooting Whittier 11-0 and forcing Falch to make difficult saves, but could not find the clinical touch.
Renshaw made three saves.
The Tigers return home on Wednesday to face Pomona-Pitzer at 7 p.m. at Jack Kemp Stadium.