Oxy Beats CLU in SCIAC Semifinal

Oxy Beats CLU in SCIAC Semifinal

THOUSAND OAKSDylan Wensley and Elleni Bekele each scored as the Oxy women's soccer team won at Cal Lutheran 2-1 in the SCIAC Semifinals on Wednesday.

The Tigers advance to their fourth SCIAC Tournament Championship Game in program history. Oxy will play at Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday at noon with the opportunity to become the first Oxy group in program history to win the SCIAC Tournament and advance to the NCAA Playoffs.

The Tigers won their only regular-season meeting with Pomona-Pitzer 1-0 on the road.

Wensley took advantage of a turnover in the 13th minute, taking the ball from 20 yards out and drilling a shot into the top-left corner of the goal to put Oxy up 1-0. She nearly made it 2-0 with a shot 3 minutes after her goal, but it sailed high over the crossbar.

It is Wensley's third career goal and first this season.

Bekele, Oxy's leading scorer this season now with six goals, scored the insurance goal in the 65th minute. She earned a free kick just above the top of the box and then stepped up and hit a curving shot over the wall into the left corner, putting Oxy up 2-0.

Alexandra Fagerber scored Cal Lutheran's goal in the 88th minute on a penalty kick after a hand ball. 

Karla Alas-Lopez made a game-saving stop on a shot at the start of the second half to keep Oxy in the driver's seat. Emily Williams hit a rolling shot from the back post that was headed for the back of the net, but the First Team All-SCIAC center back was there to clear it.

Alas-Lopez' effort was representative of an Oxy defense that has been playing outstanding soccer all season. The Tigers gave up a league-best four goals.

Cal Lutheran had an equallly impressive and important defensive save to prevent Oxy from going up 2-0 in the 59th minute minute. Katherine Kim beat the CLU goalkeeper to a ball inside the box and defelcted it toward the goal, but Zandra Stewart cleared it over her shoulder just before it found the net. 

Oxy and Cal Lutheran had played both of their games to 0-0 ties in the regular season, going more than 220 minutes without either team scoring a goal. 

Oxy's Isabella Bonomi hit a free kick off the crossbar on a free kick in the 39th minute. 

The Tigers finished the regular season in a tie with Cal Lutheran for second place in the SCIAC standings, but were the No. 3 seed based on tiebreakers. 

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