Oxy Season Ends in SCIAC Semifinal

Oxy Season Ends in SCIAC Semifinal

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CLAREMONT — The Occidental men's soccer team had its solid season end in the SCIAC Semifinals 2-0 at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Wednesday night.

Oxy goalkeeper Scott Drazan, who was a Second Team All-SCIAC selection in 2018, had a great performance with some impressive saves on close shots in the first half, but CMS found the net twice early in the second and was able to hold on for the victory, advancing the SCIAC Championship on Saturday.

The four-team tournament determines the SCIAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs.

Oxy, which lost in the SCIAC Championship at home to Chapman last season, ends a solid year that included a fourth-place finish in the regular-season standings.

Drazan and Oxy's defense, led also by All-SCIAC center backs Riley McCabe and David Paine, had an unblemished game until the 56th minute when William Birchard deflected a free kick off the Oxy wall that bounced up and in, leaving Drazan no chance at a save.

Ethan Tyng scored the insurance goal just a couple minutes later as the game opened up on a 2-on-2 counter attack in the 60th minute.

Oxy finishes 2019 with an overall record of 10-6-4 and SCIAC record of 7-4-1.

The Tigers lost to CMS in overtime last season in a game that would have clinched a share of Oxy's first ever SCIAC regular season championship.

CMS improves to 13-3-2 and won the SCIAC regular-season championship with a record of 9-1-2.

The Tigers played without sophomore First Team All-SCIAC center midfielder Adrian Paredes who suffered a season ending injury down the stretch of the regular season.

Oxy graduates McCabe, Ben Simon, Tyler Wray, Miles Robertson and Luke Haas.