Sept. 14, 2007
LMU broke its scoreless drought in spectacular fashion, slamming nine goals past Lamar University for a 9-0 victory on the first day of the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Classic Friday at Sullivan Field. The Lions set program records for total goals scored (nine), goals scored in a half (five), assists (nine), and shots (36), while breaking the tournament record for combined goals by two teams.
Entering the game having not scored yet this season and in over 600 minutes dating back to last year, the Lions (1-3-1) were primed for a break-out and break out they did. LMU got two goals apiece from senior Katie Osborne and junior Lauren Shanklin, who also added an assist.
The Lions attacked from the opening whistle, going close in the game's early going and Lamar (0-5-0) had a chance of its own with Staci McGuire forcing senior GK Joslyn Slovek into a save. It took almost half an hour for the Lions to get on the scoreboard but once they did, the goals came in waves. Senior Jamie Bell got the ball rolling, rebounding her own shot that had hit the post for the game's first goal at 28:46. It was Bell's eighth career goal.
LMU scored five times in the ten minutes surrounding halftime to break the game open. Junior Shannon Omahen connected on a cross from freshman Gabby Parisella, knocking her shot in off the post in the 41st minute. Freshman Lily Sorentino, who was impressive all day, then was sent through by Shanklin, beating the goalkeeper in a one-on-one for her first career goal. Sorentino returned the favor six seconds from the break, setting up Shanklin for a one-time shot to send the Lions into the break ahead 4-0.
The four first half goals tied the school record for most goals in a half but that mark was soon to fall as the Lions put across five in the second. After being denied countless times in the first half by Lamar goalkeeper Kelsie Binetti, Osborne grabbed two goals in the half's first five minutes, each time cutting back to elude a defender before slotting home.
Leading 6-0 with 40 minutes still to play, LMU took advantage of its deep bench to give its young players plenty of action. The Lions played 24 players on the day, with five different players scoring and nine different players recording assists.
Shanklin picked up her second goal of the day on a well-worked move down the right that saw sophomore Kristen Garcia serve a low cross into the box that was met by the junior on a one-time shot for her fourth career goal. Parisella netted her first career goal in the 68th minute on a beautiful half-volley off a corner from Bell. Three sophomores capped the day in the 78th minute as Jill Sweetnam connected off a corner with Katrina Chong and Jessica Sharpe picking up assists.
Slovek played all 90 minutes, making two saves. Binetti stopped eight shots for the Cardinals, who are in their first season of play.
The nine goals tops the previous LMU record of seven, set November 5, 1999 against Utah State. The previous record for combined goals at the LMU Classic was eight, set by UCLA and Oakland in 2003.
On Sunday, LMU will face Michigan, who dropped a 1-0 decision to Oregon State in the tournament's opener. The day's play commences at 11 a.m. with Lamar taking on the Beavers, with the Lions-Wolverines following.