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Lions Crowned Co-Champs of Four Points Classic with 3-0 Defeat of Michigan

Sept. 16, 2007

Box Score

LMU went on a second half barrage, scoring three times in the half to defeat Michigan 3-0 in the finale of the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Classic at Sullivan Field Sunday in Los Angeles, CA. The Lions earn a share of the title at their home tournament for the fifth straight season and improve to 2-3-1 while the Wolverines fall to 1-3-1.

Following a goalless first half, the game picked up just after halftime with both sides pushing forward. It was LMU who was able to find the answer as freshman Gabby Parisella gave LMU the lead in the 52nd minute. Senior Jamie Bell earned the assist, playing a ball across the box from the left. Parisella beat her defender to the ball and slid in to poke it home for a 1-0 lead and her second goal of the season.

Less than a minute later, Bell almost made it 2-0. Junior Amanda Lernor found the senior with a long ball into the box. Bell did well to control it but her half-volley came back off the post.

With the Lions holding on to a slender 1-0 lead, Slovek came to the rescue in the 55th minute to keep the Lions in front. Michigan's Sarah Banco fired a long-range effort that was heading into the top corner but Slovek stretched her frame to tip the ball over the bar.

That was the Wolverines' last chance as Grandy gave the Lions a two-goal cushion in the 59th minute. LMU won a free kick on the right side, about 23 yards from the goal at an angle. With all the attention being paid on the Lions' forwards making runs, Grandy hit a low shot that skirted through everyone into the bottom left corner of the net for her first career goal.

Parisella earned the Lions a penalty in the 67th minute, hustling after a loose ball before being brought down in the area. Sophomore Lacey Bartels stepped up to take, flat-footing the keeper with a shot into the top left corner.

Michigan held a shot advantage for the game, 12-10, including seven on goal. Slovek was outstanding with a season-high seven saves for her second consecutive clean sheet and third of the season. She now has 21.5 shutouts for her career. LMU only had four shots on goal but made three of them count. Madison Gates made a single save for Michigan.

LMU dominated possession early but the Wolverine defense was up to the challenge. The Lions' defense held strong, as well, with each team having few chances. Michigan recorded the first opportunity of the game but Slovek was quick to react to a point-blank header by Amanda Bowery to tip over for a corner.

Shortly after, the Lions won a corner and a scramble in the box ensued. The ball appeared heading into the goal but the Wolverine defense cleared to keep the game scoreless.

The Lions ran their winning streak in their home tournament to 10 games and have now outscored opponents 24-1 at the LMU Classic. They have never lost a game in their home tourney. Coupled with their 9-0 win over Lamar on Friday, the Lions set a new tournament record for goals over the weekend with 12.

LMU heads to nearby Cal State Fullerton on Thursday at 7 p.m. in a rematch of last year's NCAA First Round affair, won by the Titans. The Lions return home on Sunday to commence a five-game home stand against Fresno State at 11 a.m.

All-Tournament Team:
Offensive MVP: Loretta Nixon, Oregon State
Defensive MVP: Joslyn Slovek, LMU
Lamar: Leslie Myers
Michigan: Amanda Bowery, Katie Miler
Oregon State: Loretta Nixon, Jodie Taylor, Monica Storm, Rachael Axon
LMU: Joslyn Slovek, Katie Osborne, Leslie Grandy, Gabby Parisella