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Murphy's 100th Victory Comes Against #16 USC

Sept. 24, 2006

Box Score

Los Angeles, CA - LMU Head Coach Gregg Murphy guided the Lions to victory for the 100th time this afternoon as LMU used two late goals to defeat #16 USC 2-1 at Sullivan Field. After the Women of Troy took a lead in the first half, Stefanie Baduria tied things up with a header at 83:00, and Whitney Temple launched a free kick from 40 yards out passed the fingertips of the USC goalkeeper for the game-winner at 84:46. The Lions improve to 5-1-2 overall, while USC's six-game winning and scoreless streak was snapped with the loss.

The Lions had several dangerous scoring chances on goal early in the game, with USC (7-2-1) goalkeeper Veronica Simonton making a pair of big saves in the half. Two offsides calls also put a stop to LMU attacks, and then in the 23rd minute of play the Trojans were able to mount a strike of their own. Rosa Anna Tantillo slipped a pass to Lauren Brown in front of the goal. Brown got the ball out to Nini Loucks on the right side, and Loucks ripped in a crosscage goal for the Women of Troy to put USC ahead 1-0.

In the second half, neither team had too many scoring opportunities until late. Tana Smothermon passed a perfect ball to Baduria who was waiting in front of the net. The 5-3 midfielder found room, and headed the ball past Simonton into the net to tie the game at 83:00. It was the first goal that USC had allowed since a 2-0 loss to #1 Notre Dame, a span of six shutouts that resulted in six straight Trojan victories.

The Lions were not content to tie the game, and Temple provided the game-winner in fine fashion in the 85th minute. After a Trojan foul near the LMU bench, about 40 yards away from the goal, the senior central defender launched a perfect ball over all players, including Simonton, who could not reach the ball as it sailed past her outstretched hands.

Besides LMU's two goals, each team managed just one shot in the second half. For the game, LMU outshot USC 9-6, with a 4-2 shots on goal advantage. Jamie Bell led the team with three shots. Rosa Anna Tantillo led the Women of Troy with three shots.

Joslyn Slovek made one save to pick up her fifth win of the season, and Simonton made two saves in the loss for USC.

In his 11th season at LMU, Murphy now has an LMU record of 100-76-23, and an overall mark of 158-128-27. He earned his 150th career win last season.

The Lions return to action on Thursday when they travel to Riverside to face the Highlanders at 4:00pm.

USC (7-2-1) vs. Loyola Marymount (5-1-2) Date: Sep 24, 2006  Attendance: 435 Weather: breezy, low 70s

Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- USC................. 1 0 - 1 Loyola Marymount.... 0 2 - 2

SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 22:12 USC Loucks, Nini (Tantillo, Rosa Anna;Brown, Lauren) - shot from right side inside box 2. 83:00 LMU Baduria, Stefanie (Smothermon, Tana) - header from cross 3. 84:46 LMU Temple, Whitney (unassisted) - free kick from 40 yards out

Shots: USC 6, Loyola Marymount 9 Saves: USC 2 (Simonton, Veronica 2), Loyola Marymount 1 (SLOVEK, Joslyn 1)