Sept. 20, 2007
(FULLERTON, CA) - LMU senior Jamie Bell netted the golden goal game-winner in the eighth minute of the first overtime to lift the visiting Lions to a 2-1 victory over host Cal State Fullerton on Thursday night in front of 394 fans at Titan Stadium. The Lions (3-3-1) win their third straight and gain some measure of triumph over the Titans, who eliminated LMU from last season's NCAA Tournament.
Bell struck with just under three minutes remaining in the first overtime period as junior Shannon Omahen sent a ball into the box from the right side that was settled by Bell and fired to the lower left post, beating Fullerton goalkeeper Shannon Simpson for the game-winning tally. The goal was Bell's second of the season and 10th of her career.
Fans barely had time to settle into their seats before the Titans struck for the first goal on the night. On a bang-bang sequence, Lauren Cram headed in to give the Titans the 1-0 lead just 51 seconds into the match.
The match remained that way until the 26th minute when LMU sophomore Jessica Sharpe netted the equalizer. Just seconds after checking into the game, Sharpe connected on a high header off a cross from sophomore Lacey Bartels to make it 1-1. The goal was the first of Sharpe's career.
The score remained that way for the rest of the first half and a hard-fought second half that saw three yellow cards.
Senior GK Joslyn Slovek remained strong in goal for the Lions to gain the win, making three saves to move all alone into second place on the school's career list.
Kerri Ward and Shannon Simpson split time in the CSUF goal, each allowing one goal. Simpson made one save.
Cal State Fullerton outshot Loyola Marymount 9-7 for the match but the Lions had a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks to keep the pressure on. It was LMU's first victory over the Titans since 1998, snapping a three-match losing streak.
After gaining its first road win of the year, LMU returns home for a five-match home stand, beginning Sunday at 11 a.m. against Fresno State.