Lawson scores twice, Pen stronger than Claws for men’s soccer

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Author: Ryan Graff

Sophomore midfielder Daniel Lawson carried the Occidental
College men’s soccer team on Monday night at Whittier’s Graham Soccer Field,
scoring twice for the Tigers despite their 4-2 loss to the Poets.

Whittier forward Dylan Fortin (sophomore) opened the scoring in just the sixth minute of play, deflecting a shot from the wing off the side post and in after a pass from midfielder Matt Evans (junior). The Poets added another goal in the 38th minute off the foot of Jon Elvins (senior). The midfielder took a pass from forward James Suri (first-year) and drilled it into the back of the net to put his team on top, 2-0.

Occidental finally got on the scoreboard just moments before halftime in the 42nd minute, when Lawson lobbed his first career goal over the head of Whittier keeper Jorge Rivas (first-year).

The scoring pattern held in the second half, as midfielder Tyler Crough (junior) tacked on a couplet for the Poets in the 72nd and 77th minutes, respectively, on a pair of assists from forward Gregorio Giorgi (senior). The goals spread the gap to a comfortable 4-1 in favor of Whittier.

Lawson struck again in the 89th minute, going left-upper 90 on a free kick for his second unassisted goal of the night.

Though the Poets outshot the Tigers 21-15 in the contest, Occidental’s veteran presence was a factor in the attempts department. Seniors Marcus Brandford and Alex Duvoisin and junior Alessandro Carotenuto teamed up for eight total shots, three of which were on goal.

Sophomore goalie Theo Atkinson started his ninth game for the black and orange, playing all 90 minutes and registering seven saves.

The Tigers (2-12 overall, 1-10 SCIAC) have now gone on two six-game losing streaks after each of their wins — a 4-0 shutout over UC Santa Cruz to open the campaign and a 9-0 rout of Caltech back on Sept. 25 — so far this season. The team looks to snap the current skid this Saturday at Patterson Field, playing host to conference-rival Redlands at 1 p.m.

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