Sept. 5, 2006
Los Angeles, CA - Loyola Marymount and UC Santa Barbara played to a 1-1 tie in women's soccer action this afternoon at Sullivan Field. The Gauchos benefited from an own goal late in the first half, and Jamie Bell scored her second goal in two games to tie things up in the 70th minute. The Lions remain undefeated at 1-0-2 on the season, while the Gauchos are now 1-1-2 overall.
LMU had a golden opportunity to score in the 18th minute. After a hand ball was called inside the 18 yard box, Whitney Temple lined up to take the penalty kick. Her low shot to the right was saved by Gaucho goalkeeper Tammy Lenham and the game remained scoreless.
Late in the first half, UC Santa Barbara benefited from a Lion miscue to take the lead. Chandi Bickford launched a cross to the near post where a Lion defender attempted to clear the ball. She misplayed the ball, sending it back towards the LMU goal. It appeared that Lion goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek was able to catch the ball before it crossed the plane of the goal, but the side referee ruled that it had crossed the line, and it was ruled a goal.
The Lions outshot UCSB 8-4 in the first half, but Lenham made five saves in the first 45 minutes.
LMU continued its aggressive play in the second half, and in the 70th minute, it paid off. Shannon Omahen got the ball to Bell, who was covered by two defenders, just outside the 18 yard box. Bell was able to elude the defenders to turn around and face the goal. As Lenham came out to challenge Bell, the forward from Monrovia launched a shot past Lenham and into the back of the Gaucho net.
The score remained 1-1 for the final minutes of the game and through both overtime periods. LMU managed two shots in the second OT, but UCSB did not take a shot in the extra time. For the day, LMU outshot UCSB 17-9, including nine shots on goal to UCSB's three.
For the day, Bell finished with eight shots, including four on goal. It was just one shot short of tying the LMU record for shots in a single game of nine. Tiffany Harrison had three shots for the Lions. Genelle Ives led the Gauchos with three shots.
Lenham finished the game with eight saves, while Slovek made two stops.
The Lions return to action on Friday afternoon, hosting the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament. Cal Poly, Oklahoma State and St. Francis (PA) join LMU in the four-team tournament. The Lions will play St. Francis on Friday at 4:00pm and Oklahoma State on Sunday at 11:00am. Gametracker will be available for all games at www.LMULions.com, and LMU's two games will be broadcast live on Lions All-Access.