Aug. 25, 2006
Los Angeles, CA (Aug. 25) - The LMU women's soccer team had a strong opening to the 2006 season, tying San Jose State 1-1 in double overtime action at Sullivan Field this afternoon. The Lions controlled the action and had several opportunities stifled by the Spartan goalkeeper. In addition, LMU goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek stopped a penalty kick in the second half. Tiffany Harrison scored LMU's goal in her Lion debut, heading in a kick from Amanda Lernor. Both teams are now 0-0-1 following today's season opener.
The Lions took an early lead in the game. After a foul in the San Jose State half of the field, Lernor lofted a perfect ball to the back post where Harrison was waiting. The freshman from Murrietta, CA used her 5-11 height to jump above the Spartan defense and knock it in for LMU's first goal of the season at 9:19.
LMU was close to taking a lead into the halftime break, but the Spartans put one in in the 42nd minute. Kaila Waitley crossed the ball to the front of the net, where the Lion goalkeeper attempted the intercept the cross. She couldn't get a handle on the ball and Nicole Martinez was waiting to take advantage.
The second half provided thrilling moments for both teams, but no goals. Katie Osborne had several great opportunities to score, including a one-on-one with the keeper, but Spartan goalkeeper Marissa Dayton made six saves in the second half to keep the game tied.
San Jose State had its best chance of the game in the 77th minute of the game. After Jessica Scott was tackled from behind in the box, she was awarded a penalty kick. Her low hard shot to the left side of the goal was saved by Slovek to keep the game tied.
LMU outshot San Jose State 5-0 in extra time, but could not convert.
Several Lions made their LMU debut, including starters Harrison, Kacey Doherty, and Kim Feeney. In addition, Leslie Grandy, Jessica Sharpe, Lacey Bartels and Katrina Chong also wore the LMU jersey for the first time.
For the game, LMU outshot SJSU 17-12, taking 10 shots on goal to SJSU's 7. Dayton made nine saves for SJSU, while Slovek finished with six saves. Harrison and Tana Smothermon led the way for LMU with four shots. Scott led the Spartans with four shots.
The Lions return to action on Sunday, facing Kansas in Lawrence at 1:00pm CST. Fans can follow the action live on Gametracker at www.LMULions.com
San Jose State (0-0-1) vs. Loyola Marymount (0-0-1) Date: Aug 25, 2006 Attendance: 406 Weather: sunny, low 70s- GO LIONS -
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot -------------------------------------San Jose State......... 1 0 0 0 - 1 Loyola Marymount.... 1 0 0 0 - 1
Shots: San Jose State 12, LMU 17 Saves: San Jose State 9 (Dayton, Marissa 9), LMU 6 (Slovek, Joslyn 6)