Sept. 23, 2007
Second half strikes from senior Jamie Bell and junior Stefanie Baduria lifted LMU to its fourth consecutive victory, 2-0, over visiting Fresno State Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Field in Los Angeles. The Lions (4-3-1) open their five-game home stand with a win get their record above .500 for the first time this season while handing the Bulldogs (3-4-0) their second straight defeat.
A lackluster first half saw few chances for either side. Fresno State had the best opportunity of the first 45 minutes, as Nicole Gutierrez's header off a free kick came back off the crossbar in the 10th minute.
The game picked up some energy after halftime and the Bulldogs almost took the lead in the 57th minute. FSU earned a free kick about 25 yards out and Lauren Satterlee's shot was heading for the top corner before LMU senior GK Joslyn Slovek got a hand to it to tip it over the crossbar.
That would prove to be a momentum-shifting save as the Lions got the game's first goal five minutes later. Bell collected a loose ball 35 yards out and her back to the goal, turned, and took a touch to settle herself. Her shot from 25 yards was low and to the keeper's right, bouncing just in front of GK Kaity Revel and skipping over her hands into the bottom corner. It was Bell's second goal in as many games, giving her a team-high three on the season.
Slovek produced another beauty of a save 15 minutes from time that kept the Lion lead intact. With Fresno State pushing forward, Alex Jensen was sent through on a breakaway with only Slovek to beat. The shot went low and to the keeper's right but the senior came up with a reactive kick save to turn it away for a corner.
Five minutes from time, LMU would make it 2-0 through Baduria's penalty kick. An LMU corner kick was handled in the box by FSU's Krissy Looney, resulting in a yellow card for the Bulldog and a PK for the Lions. Up stepped Baduria to send Revel the wrong way and seal the Lion win.
Slovek registered her third shutout in four games and fourth of the season, making six saves. Revel stopped three shots for FSU, who held a 12-11 shot advantage.
LMU continues its five-game home stand with a pair of matches next week, hosting Idaho at 4 p.m. on Friday and UC Riverside at 1 p.m. on Sunday.