Oxy Loses Heartbreaker to Redlands in 2OT

Oxy Loses Heartbreaker to Redlands in 2OT

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LOS ANGELESIsabella Bonomi scored a brilliant free kick in the 4th minute and the Occidental women's soccer team looked like it was headed for another victory for nearly the entire game.

But the Tigers surrendered the equalizer in the 87th minute and then the game-deciding goal in the very last minute of double overtime in a 2-1 loss to Redlands at Jack Kemp Stadium on Saturday.

It is the Tigers first loss of the season. Oxy falls to 7-1-4 overall and 6-1-4 in SCIAC with 22 points. The Tigers remain tied for first place at 22 points now with Redlands and Pomona-Pitzer. 

Oxy controlled most of regulation until a rebounded free kick broke the Oxy defense's incredible run of seven consecutive shutouts. Oxy goalkeeper Sydney Tomlinson backpedaled to save the shot, throwing it out of the goal just before she fell in herself. Eva Vlassopoulos won the sprint to the net and was there to clean it up uncontested.

The wind was knocked right out of the Tigers, who looked sharp and strong in the back like they have in every game this season. 

The feeling got worse with less than 1 minute left in double overtime when Vlassopoulos scored again to send Redlands home with the golden goal.

Oxy's defenseive line of Bonomi, Karla Alas-Lopez, Devoney Amberg and Caroline Kearney, along with Tomlinson, had their amazing run come to an end. The last time Oxy gave up a goal was at Redlands on Sept. 14. The Tigers have only given up four goals all season and three goals in SCIAC play.

After the game was tied up, Oxy had two great chances to win it in overtime.

Katherine Kim had the first one in the first overtime. She collected the ball at the top of the 6-yard box, turned and hit a hard volley that was headed for the win column, but Redlands' goalkeeper Brittany Dinkins made an incredible leaping save to deflect it over the crossbar. 

In the second overtime, Oxy's Dylan Wensley had a good look at the goal. Kim crossed the ball in from the right side and Wensley got a foot on it, but the ball bounced up on her just a bit and missed a few feet wide right.

Shortly after, Redlands had its own chance to end the game, but Tomlinson made an outstanding save to prevent Alexa Groesser's shot from finding the goal.

Elleni Bekele, Oxy's leading goal scorer this season with five, had an opportunity in the 25th minute, hitting a rocket shot that went off the cross bar.

Next Game: Oxy is back in action at Chapman on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Oxy finishes the regular season with a home game against Caltech and a road game against CMS.

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