PASADENA — There are no points for moral victories in soccer.
But when you lose seven matches by one goal — four of them in overtime — you'll take the recognition.
Despite being on the wrong end of some close games that dropped them in the SCIAC standings, the Occidental College women's soccer team had five players recognized by the conference coaches for exceptional seasons.
Elissa Minamishin and Taryn Ng were named First Team All-SCIAC, Kylie Takafuji and Julie Khil were named to the Second Team, and Tayler Renshaw received the Brine Award of Distinction for outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
Oxy finished 4-9-1, but could have easily been 9-4-1 if it were for some better fortune.
"To get four players named All-SCIAC and Tayler earning the Brine Award of Distinction, speaks volumes for the quality within this talented group," Oxy coach Colm McFeely said.
Minamishin, a senior forward who's been a prolific goal scorer throughout her career, scored 27 total in four years and was consistently one of the best players in the conference.
"I'm delighted that Mini was selected to the First Team in her senior year," McFeely said. "I thought she should have had First Team honors in her sophomore year and now she has finally been fully recognized for bringing talent, craft and an unselfish attitude that has given so many of us much joy in her four years as an outstanding Oxy Tiger."
Ng, a talented and physical junior defender, earns her second All-SCIAC recognition after getting Second Team honors last season. She often took the opponents best player out of the game.
"Taryn showed again why she is one of the best defenders in SCIAC," McFeely said. "Her ability to match-up and successfully compete one-on-one with many of the top forwards in SCIAC, her composure on the ball and in challenges, and her leadership qualities earned her deserved First Team honors."
Khil scored several clutch goals throughout the season and was tied with Minamishin for the team lead with five SCIAC goals. She finished the season with seven overall and two assists.
"Her quick feet, excellent change of pace and well-timed runs made her an attacking threat in just about every game," McFeely said. "Her uncanny calm in 1 v 1 situations was a major reason that she scored almost a third of our goals."
Takafuji, also a freshman, did a little bit of everything as an energetic midfielder for the Tigers. She scored four goals in SCIAC play, made great runs and worked hard to help Oxy control possession.
"Kylie's selection was a reward for a season of unbelievable work-rate, box-to-box runs, unselfish cover and four goals and two assists," McFeely said. "Two of those goals were brilliantly controlled volleys and one was a measured, composed game-winner at Redlands that you would expect from a very experienced player."
Renshaw, Oxy's senior goalkeeper, earned the Brine Award for being exceptional as a well-rounded student-athlete.
"Tayler had her best year in her Oxy career and I am delighted that her work on the field and in the classroom has been richly rewarded with the SCIAC Brine Award of Distinction," McFeely said. "Tayler kept us in many games this season, she played every minute and has played a significant role as an Oxy Tiger in her three years as a starter and four years with the program."