Occidental Drops Contest to Visiting Goucher

LOS ANGELES, Calif. Although the Tigers won the battle of draw controls, the speed of Goucher College, along with their ability to clear the ball for an offensive attempt, proved to be too much for the Tigers Friday night on Patterson Field.

Tigers came away with 17 draw controls, as opposed to 12 for the visiting Gophers. Tiger freshman Tori Larson showed determination in obtaining 7 of the teams 17. But Goucher proved it would take more than just draw controls to determine the game's winner.

The Gophers showed great ball movement and impressive speed, while getting eight players on the scoreboard. Erin Reifsnyder, Hannah Khin and Becca Smith each had stellar games, accumulating 13 of their teams 19 goals.

Occidental midfielder Sarah Kessler would claim her first hat-trick on the season while also claiming the lone Tiger assist on the night. Sophomore attacker Isabel Osgood-Roach showed aggressiveness offensively as well, scoring two for the Tigers.

The Tigers never gave up their fight, matching the Gophers in second half shots, with twelve, while connecting on four of them. Occidental put in a team effort defensively with seven Tigers handling ground balls.

Tiger goalie Kylie McPherson came away with six saves on the night. She would also get some help defensively by midfielders Rebecca Belding and Kessler who forced a couple caused turn-over's.

Occidental (1-4, 01 SCIAC) will return to Patterson Field on the campus of Occidental College, Sunday, March 20, as they take on the Gators of Allegheny College. First draw is set for 1:00 p.m.

2011-03-25



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