Tigers Play Chapman to 1-1 Draw

Tigers Play Chapman to 1-1 Draw

LOS ANGELES — Despite enjoying the Lion's share of the possession and scoring first, the Occidental women's soccer team had to settle for a 1-1 tie in double overtime against Chapman at Lower Field on Saturday.

Sophia Vallas finished off a corner from Alana Hillman in the 40th minute. It was the second of two consecutive corner kicks and really either teams first good look at the goal in the first half.

Hillman showed some nifty footwork in the middle of the field throughout the game, going past one, sometimes two defenders, but there often wasn't much on the back end. 

Chapman countered quickly when Hannah Holden finished a loose ball near the penalty area 1 minute later. 

Holden also had a good look at the goal early in the second half, but Oxy goalkeeper Sydney Tomlinson made the save on her first contact with the ball after checking into the game.

Tomlinson's best two plays came later. With 2 minutes remaining in the game, she kept Jordan Bradbury from giving the Panthers the game-winning goal with a diving save on a low shot to her left.

Tomlinson also had a very nice punch out during an anxious moment for the Tigers in the first overtime period, colliding with a teammate to send the a free kick out of trouble. 

Julie Khil, Oxy's goals and points leader, fired off five shots, with four of them needing a save. Her best chance and Oxy's best chance to win the game came in the first overtime. Elleni Bekelle played an excellent ball over the top from Oxy's defensive side of the field, Khil timed her run beautifully, getting five yards past Chapman's back line, but Chapman goalkeeper Kristin Kleinow made a great play to come off her line and collapse Khil's space. 

The Tigers record goes to 4-2-1 overall and 1-2-1 in SCIAC. Chapman is 4-3-1 and 1-2-1.

Oxy is back in action at Whittier on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.

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