Oxy Women's Soccer Wins SCIAC Tournament Championship

Oxy Women's Soccer Wins SCIAC Tournament Championship

CLAREMONT — The Occidental women's soccer team is the 2018 SCIAC Tournament Champion.

It took 110 minutes and a penalty shootout before the Tigers put a cherry on an outstanding season, beating Pomona-Pitzer on the road on Saturday for their first championship in program history.

The Tigers also receive the SCIAC 's automatic bid to their first NCAA Division III Playoffs.

"It was an unbelievable team effort with grit, character and a team spirit that is the heart and soul of champions," Oxy head coach Colm McFeely said. "We can't wait for the NCAA draw."

Oxy will find out its seeding for the NCAA Tournament on Monday.

Kialani Mackey, Katherine Kim, Nicole Castro, Grace Hildner, Karla Alas-Lopez and Elleni Bekele all scored as Oxy went 6 for 6 in the shootout.

The Sagehens missed their final shot high, sending the Tigers storming onto the field in victory. 

"I saw it go over and knew we had won," Oxy senior co-captain and goalkeeper Sydney Tomlinson said. "It was the best feeling in the world, to win with the teammates I love."

Tomlinson was named the SCIAC Tournament MVP to go along with her First Team All-SCIAC honor she earned last week. 

Oxy had made three tournament finals, falling each time in penalties. This time around, Oxy was prepared, had visualized the moment and took advantage of it when it happened.

"The shootout was tense as you can imagine, but we were prepared and hit our spots," Oxy senior midfielder and co-captain Nicole Castro said. "After Pomona missed we couldn't stop screaming. We're so excited to be moving on and can't wait to keep making history for the women's soccer program."

The Tigers did what they have done all season on defense, recording its 12th shutout of the season. Oxy's back line of Alas-Lopez, Isabella Bonomi, Caroline Kearney, Devoney Amberg and Tracy Watanabe have played well all season, keeping the ball out of the net. 

In 14 SCIAC games and two playoff games, Oxy's surrendered just five goals. 

Layla Devlin and Katherine Kim both created chances throughout the game. Kim hit the post with a shot and Devlin had one that hit the bar and another that went just wide.

Oxy's record goes to 10-2-5 overall.

Pomona-Pitzer goes to 13-3-4 overall.

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