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LMU Falls to Big Maryland Second Half, 3-0

Sept. 9, 2007

LMU's defense stayed strong in the first half but Maryland scored three second half goals for a 3-0 victory Sunday morning at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, IN.

The Lions (0-3-1) entered the game having conceded just two goals in 308 minutes of play this year and a scoreless first half bode well for LMU. Maryland (2-1-1) was not without its chances in the opening 45 minutes, attempting the game's first six shots and forcing LMU senior GK Joslyn Slovek into a pair of saves before halftime.

With the defense playing well, LMU only needed to snatch a goal at the other end but it was the Terrapins who grabbed the lead in the 56th minute. After Slovek had produced a save off a shot from Kylie Ricker right after halftime, a corner kick by Caitlin McDowell, Maryland's fifth of the match, was met by Ricker, whose header beat Slovek.

The Terps picked up an insurance goal less than two minutes later when a foul by a Lion player gave Maryland a free kick from about 40 yards out. Ashly Kennedy took the free kick and placed it into the left side of the Lions' net past Slovek.

The Lions came close to pulling a goal back in the 69th minute but senior forward Jamie Bell's shot was denied by the post. Redshirt freshman Eugenia Miranda made her first collegiate appearance, replacing Slovek in the 74th minute, and produced a nice save five minutes later. There was nothing Miranda could do about Maryland's third, as Aimee Bresani dribbled into the box and beat Miranda with a shot into the lower left corner of the goal.

Overall, Maryland outshot Loyola Marymount 19-4 and took nine corner kicks to the Lions' one. Bell took two of the Lions' four shots.

Slovek finished with a season-high seven saves while Miranda was called into action twice. Maryland goalkeeper Yewande Balogun did not register a save in the match.

The Lions return to California this weekend for the fifth annual LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Classic. LMU faces Lamar University on Friday at 4 p.m. following the opener between Michigan and Oregon State at 1 p.m. The tournament concludes Sunday with Oregon State vs. Lamar at 11 a.m. and LMU-Michigan at 1 p.m.