ULV drops Tigers

Freshman defender Matt Stone (#17) takes control of the ball from Occidental as junior middle fielder Jorge Macias (#7) is there to assist. La Verne beat the Tigers, 2-1, on Saturday in its SCIAC opener. / photo by Summer Herndon
Freshman defender Matt Stone (#17) takes control of the ball from Occidental as junior middle fielder Jorge Macias (#7) is there to assist. La Verne beat the Tigers, 2-1, on Saturday in its SCIAC opener. / photo by Summer Herndon

by Greg MacDonald
Sports Editor

In what has become a bitter rivalry, the University of La Verne and Occidental College men’s soccer teams continued their battle on Ben Hines Field on Saturday.

The two teams combined for eight yellow cards and one red, as the Leopards began Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play with a 2-1 victory.

ULV freshman defender Matt Stone received a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct, while the Tigers’ Xhino Hideki got a yellow and a red card for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Sophomore middle fielder Mike McClintock scored both goals for the ULV after Occidental had taken the lead in the 44th minute.

McClintock answered the Tigers’ goal one minute later with a scoring strike in the 45th minute past Occidental keeper Efran Paniagua.

McClintock scored the deciding goal, his second, in the 83rd minute on an assist from junior middle fielder Ryan Graham.

Freshman Mike Rosen, who made 10 saves, and senior Jon Tunstall teamed in goal to earn the victory for La Verne. Paniagua saved five shots for Occidental in his losing effort.

On Wednesday, the Leopards lost to Whittier College, 2-1. It sent their record to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in SCIAC. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS), Redlands and Whittier all won their first games in conference. Occidental remained winless after losing to ULV and stands at 0-5-1 overall.

The Leopards continue in their SCIAC action tomorrow as they host Caltech at 11 a.m. on Ben Hines Field. Next Wednesday, La Verne plays at CMS at 3 p.m.

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