LOS ANGELES — If you like offense, the Occidental College women's soccer team's matchup with Cal Lutheran was plenty entertaining.
But in the Tigers' second crack of the year at the SCIAC's top team, they ended up on the wrong side of a shootout with the Regals, falling 3-2 at Jack Kemp Stadium on Saturday.
The Tigers fall to 3-8-2 and 2-7-1 in SCIAC play. The Regals go to 13-3 and 9-1.
There were eight shots on target, three of them goals in the first half alone.
Cal Lu scored its first goal on a follow up by Stephanie Gilbert in the 13th minute. Renshaw saved a header from Taylor Will, but was beaten by the second attempt.
Elissa Minamishin evened the match with a goal of her own in the 22nd minute. Khil displaced the Regals' midfield and then found Minamishin, who beat Cal Lu goalie Kristin Bailey far post.
Kristina Hulse gave the Regals a 2-1 lead with a sliding finish on a cross from Brittany Eremita off a back heel from Taylor Will. Will was a handful on the attack all game. The junior forward found the net in the 48th minute on a soft lob shot over Renshaw, putting Cal Lu up 3-1.
Taryn Ng had the goal of the day, drilling a free kick that scraped the top of the goal from 45 yards out in the 65th minute.
It wasn't just the goals though. Both teams had tons of great opportunities to score all game.
In the 3rd minute, Cal Lu's Taylor Will's first shot of the game was saved by Renshaw and Bailey Marquez' lofting follow up hit the post. Oxy had their first chance almost immediately after. Julie Khil played a through ball to Michaela Tsuha but her far-post shot, hugged the ground and missed just wide left.
Marquez nearly found the net off a free kick in the 18th minute. As Renshaw punched out the cross, Marquez collected the ball and drilled a shot of the left post.
The Tigers nearly took the lead on a great play in the midfield by Katie McDonald. The center midfielder stole the ball around midfield and played a through ball that Bailey just did get to before Tsuha could get to the ball 28th minute.
Tsuha had another crack at the goal in the 39th minute from 30 yards out. But Bailey made a fully-extended diving save to prevent her powerful shot from finding the net.
The chances and the scoring slowed a bit in the second half until Ng's goal rejuvenated the Tigers side. Minamishin broke free with an opportunity to equalize in the 71st minute, but her left-footed shot was saved.
In the 75th minute, Oxy had another great chance to tie. McCaully Patch played a great through ball to Khil who has a one-on-one with the keeper for the left side of the goal. But her angle wasn't ideal and her shot was saved.
Oxy returns to action at La Verne on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m.