Allegheny College Holds off the Tigers

LOS ANGELES, Calif. The rain would not stop the Tigers and visiting Gators, from Allegheny College, from playing out a match-up that kept everyone in attendance on edge through the final minutes.

After officials declared a 30 minute rain delay, before commencing Sunday's matchup, Allegheny College would come off the first draw and find the back of the net immediately. Then, after a five minute defensive battle by Occidental, the Tigers cleared the ball to the offensive side of the field, where Freshman Tori Larson would tie up the game at the 25 minute mark, 1-1.

Both teams demonstrated great defensive efforts making it difficult for either team to go on a run and break the game open. Allegheny would gain a 4-2 lead on Occidental within the 12 minute mark of the first half. After two failed shot attempts by the Tigers, Allegheny goalie would hold onto the ball for the next seven minutes, as fans sat by and watched the clock go down to under four minutes.

After the seven minute goalie possession, Allegheny would finally begin to clear the ball up the field, just in time for the officials to blow their whistles and declare a second rain delay, with 3:33 remaining in the first half.

The remaining 3:33 would be enough time for each team to find the back of the net, with Tiger midfielder Charlotte Bromley scoring of a free position attempt with a minute remaining.

Allegheny would repeat it's first half pattern and find the back of the net within the first minute of the second half. The Gators goal would be followed by back-to-back goals by Tiger midfielder Sarah Kessler and attacker Lauren Wemple, as the Tigers come within one, 5-6.

The Gators would answer with three goals of their own, before Occidental would go on a 4-0 run and even the score 9-9 with 5:25 minutes left in the game.

Allegheny would gain possession off of an Occidental turn-over and score their tenth point on a free position attempt with less than 3 minutes remaining.

Unfortunately, for the Tigers, the next minute would play out in favor of Allegheny as they would showed good ball movement in an effort to take time off the clock and solidify their victory with a final goal with five seconds remaining in the match.

The Tigers (1-5, 0-1 SCIAC) will return to Patterson Field on the home of Occidental College, Thursday March 24, where they will compete against Pacific University from Oregon. First draw is set for 7:00 p.m.

2011-03-25



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