Oxy Falls at No. 22 Whitworth

SPOKANE, Wash. — First year Ryan Wilson scored his second goal in two games, but the Occidental men's soccer team fell on the road to No. 22 Whitworth, 4-1 on Saturday.

The Tigers are in Washington playing two non-conference games against Northwest Conference opponents. Oxy finishes its trip against Pacific Lutheran (WA) on Monday at 11 a.m.

Wilson, who scored maybe the prettiest goal of a 6-1 win in Oxy's home opener against George Fox on Thursday, found the net again 35th minute on a pass from Morgan Bennett-Smith.

Bennett-Smith, a senior returning All-SCIAC forward, notches his first assist of the year after a two-goal showing against George Fox.

After Wilson cut the lead to 2-1, the Tigers dominated the remainder of the first half and the first couple of minutes of the second half. Tod Kawada, normally a lights out closer when he has his opportunities, missed a pair of 1 on 1 opportunities that might have put Oxy in the lead or at least brought the Tigers even.

In the second half, there were three plays that really defined the game.

Bennett-Smith was taken down in the box on what easily could have been enough contact for a penalty, but the call was not given. 

Shortly after, Oxy goalie John Yonamine appeared to save a header from Christian Haas, but the assistant referee ruled the ball over the line even though it did not end up in the goal.

The Tigers were in shock, now trailing 3-1.

The nail in the coffin was a disputed call in the box that awarded Whitworth a penalty that it converted for its fourth goal, putting the game out of reach.

The Tigers fall to 1-1 on the season.

The only SCIAC school that is ranked in the top 25 preseason poll is No. 21 Redlands, which won the conference last year.

Oxy had 10 shots and four on goal. Tod Kawada provided a handful of quality opportunities with three shots on goal.

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