Oxy Wins at CMS, Headed to Playoffs

Oxy Wins at CMS, Headed to Playoffs

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LOS ANGELESNicole Castro headed in the game's only goal and the Occidental women's soccer team took care of business with a 1-0 win at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday. 

Oxy clinches a spot in the four-team SCIAC Postseason Tournament for the fourth time in program history and the first time since 2010. The Tigers have advanced to the SCIAC Championship game in all three of its previous appearances.

The Tigers finish the regular-season SCIAC schedule in a tie for second place and will be the No. 3 seed in the tournament. Oxy travels to play at No. 2 Cal Lutheran on Oct. 31. If the Tigers win at Cal Lutheran they will advance to the SCIAC Championship on Nov. 3. The highest remaining seed will host.

No. 1 Pomona-Pitzer will host No. 4 Redlands in the other semifinal in Claremont.

It was a big goal for Castro, a senior captain who has been one of the unsung heroes of Oxy's success this season as a defensive midfielder. On an Oxy corner kick, the CMS keeper punched the ball out, but Castro headed it back in, giving Oxy the lead in the 14th minute.

After the goal, Oxy did what it's done all season, playing tight defense for its 11th shutout of the year. Oxy has only given up goals in three SCIAC games and four total in conference play.

It wasn't a must-win, but the Tigers needed to get at least one point or their season would have been over.

Next Game: The Tigers are back in action on Wednesday in the SCIAC Playoffs at Cal Lutheran.

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