Sept. 28, 2007
Senior Jamie Bell continued her goal-scoring binge, finding the net for the third consecutive game as LMU defeated 3-1 Idaho Friday afternoon at Sullivan Field. The Lions have won five straight to post the program's longest winning streak since 1998 and tie the school record.
LMU (5-3-1) dominated possession from the opening whistle, out-shooting the Vandals (4-4-0) 10-3 in the first half. The Lions had three early chances to take the lead as Bell's shot in the seventh minute narrowly missed the near post. LMU continued knocking on the door with shots by junior Stefanie Baduria and senior Katie Osborne each producing saves from Idaho goalie Anna Sandman.
The defending West Coast Conference Player of the Week, Bell broke the deadlock in the 15th minute on a superb volley from the edge of the area. Freshman Gabby Parisella did all the hard work in the build-up, winning a ball in midfield and carrying past the Vandal defense to the by-line. Her cross arrived at the perfect height for Bell, whose volley beat Sandman in off the crossbar. For Bell, it was her team-leading fourth goal of the season, putting her over halfway to last year's total in just nine games.
LMU's second goal was also a thing of beauty, coming at 38:58. Freshman Lily Sorentino took on three defenders but had her shot blocked outside the area. It came back to her so she played a ball to the middle for junior Lauren Shanklin. Shanklin took a touch with her right foot and the ball sat up enough for her to swing a left-footed volley that beat Sandman to her left. Shanklin, who had entered the game four minutes earlier, broke her career-high set last season with her third goal of 2007.
The second half started in similar fashion as the first with LMU on the offensive. Osborne almost made it 3-0 with a long-range effort that bounced just wide but LMU would not have to wait long to establish its three-goal lead. Again, it came through a substitute as sophomore Katrina Chong entered the game at 59:23 and scored 72 seconds later. The Lions won a corner kick that was swung in by sophomore Leslie Grandy straight on to the head of Chong inside the six-yard box. It was her first goal of the season and third of her career.
Leading 3-0, the Lions continued to dominate possession and had numerous chances to extend their lead. Sandman showed good reflexes to stop back-to-back shots from Baduria and sophomore Lacey Bartels and Osborne fired just over.
Idaho pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute against the run of play. Melissa Canite caught senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek off her line, finding the upper corner to make it 3-1.
Osborne almost restored LMU's three-goal lead but saw her one-on-one attempt hit the side netting with seven minutes left.
LMU controlled the shot category, 22-8, forcing Sandman into nine saves. Slovek registered four saves in the win.
The five consecutive victories for LMU ties the longest winning streak in school history, set from September 20-October 4, 1998. The Lions go for the record and continue their five-match home stand on Sunday at 1 p.m. against UC Riverside.