Walsh, Tigers in Mix for SCIAC Title

Walsh, Tigers in Mix for SCIAC Title

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PASADENALiam Walsh continued his amazing season and the Occidental men's soccer team is on the cusp of playing for its first regular season SCIAC Championship in program history. 

Walsh recorded his second hat-trick of the season, scoring all four goals as the Tigers won at Caltech 4-0 on Wednesday.

The Tigers now sit and wait until later this evening to see if they will be playing for a share of the SCIAC title.

Oxy needs Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to beat Redlands on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. If that happens it puts Oxy in a tie for second place with Redlands, trailing CMS by three points with one game to go, setting up a championship game with CMS at Oxy on Saturday. The Tigers would have an opportunity to play for at least a share of the title and likely the No. 1 seed in the four-team SCIAC tournament.

Ties are not broken for regular season SCIAC crowns, only for tournament seeding. 

If Redlands beats CMS on Wednesday night, Oxy would be rooting for Redlands to lose to Cal Lutheran on Saturday and the same stakes would be in play. If Redlands and CMS tie, Oxy would need Redlands to tie or lose to Cal Lutheran to have a shot at the regular season championship and No. 1 seed. 

The Tigers have already clinched a spot in the four-team SCIAC Postseason Tournament and will be no lower than the No. 3 seed.

Walsh has been at the front of Oxy's success this season. The junior from Washington, D.C. upped his SCIAC best goal total to 15 in conference play, more than twice the amount of the second best player in the SCIAC. Earlier this month he scored a hat-trick at Redlands and he's scored an incredible 12 goals in his last five SCIAC games. 

Walsh is also Oxy's career goals leader with 31 and counting in his four seasons.

Sean Kim and Ariel Rosso both recorded assists for Oxy on Wednesday afternoon.  

SCIAC Tournament Seeding Tiebreakers

1) Head-to-Head

2) Conference Wins

3) Record Among Tied Teams (thrown out if uneven number of games played against each opponent)

4) Goal Differential in SCIAC

5) Coin Flip

Season Impact: The Tigers record goes to 13-4 and 10-3 overall.

Caltech falls to 3-13 and 0-13.

Next Game: The Tigers finish the regular season against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Jack Kemp Stadium.

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