Occidental 2, Southwestern (Tex.) 0
Players of the Game: Freshmen Alana Hillman and Camille Shrager scored their first goals in an Oxy uniform as the Tigers broke through in the second half to beat Southwestern in their season opener at Cal Lutheran on Sunday.
Turning Point: After a solid first half with plenty of chances, Hillman drove into the penalty area and calmly placed a shot to the goalkeeper's left, giving Oxy a 1-0 lead in the 69th minute. Shrager's goal came just minutes later when Michaela Tsuha was forced wide by the keeper, but managed to play a ball back toward the net where Shrager was waiting to give the Tigers an insurance goal.
Stat of the Match: The Tigers created 17 opportunities and limited Southwester to just five.
From the Coach: "We got a lot of newcomers on the field, some for just a few minutes, but it was a positive that their first experience resulted in a victory" Oxy coach Colm McFeely said. "It was a good start to the season and it gives us a better idea of what we need to work on."
Season Impact: Oxy opens the season with a win in the first of two non-conference games before beginning SCIAC play at Whittier on Sept. 17.
Next Game: The Tigers play their home opener against San Diego Christian on Sept. 6 at Jack Kemp Stadium.