Sept. 30, 2007
Los Angeles, CA - Second half goals from senior Katie Osborne and sophomore Lacey Bartels paced LMU to a new school record with its sixth consecutive win, 2-0, over visiting UC Riverside Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Field in Los Angeles. The six straight wins breaks the previous program record set in 1998.
LMU (6-3-1) entered the game hot at both ends of the field, outscoring opponents 19-2 during the win streak, including three shutouts. In the Highlanders (6-4-0), LMU faced an equally talented squad that had won four of their last five with a goal advantage of 11-4 and three shutouts of their own. The Lions had never lost to the Highlanders, however, winning both contests via shutout and today would be no different.
A scoreless first half gave way to the home side stepping up the intensity and putting the Highlanders on the defensive. Not long after the restart, LMU was in front through the tremendous individual skill of Osborne. The senior collected the ball on the halfway line and went straight at the UCR goal. After dribbling more than 30 yards with no defender closing her down, she uncorked a swerving right-footed shot that beat UCR goalkeeper Deanna Borgelt to her upper left. It was Osborne's third goal of the season.
The Lions kept pushing forward and came close to extending their lead on two occasions before the second goal arrived. Junior Stefanie Baduria had her point-blank header go over the bar and senior Jamie Bell slid in a moment too late to connect on a cross from freshman Gabby Parisella.
The second goal came at 57:16 after Osborne had turned the Highlander defense and sent in a cross that was handled in the area. Bartels had no problem with the penalty kick, sending Borgelt the wrong way for her second goal of the year, both from the spot.
Senior GK Joslyn Slovek produced two brilliant saves to preserve her fifth shutout of the season. In the 74th minute, she went low to her right to turn away a 25-yard effort by Loana Holness. Two minutes later, Denise Thomas unleashed a long-range shot that was heading for the top corner until Slovek stretched to tip it over for a corner. She made three saves on the day while Borgelt stopped five shots.
The first half saw LMU out-shoot UCR 9-4 but neither side could find the goal. Jen Bunch had the best chance for the visitors, hitting a free kick that came back off the outside of the left post. The Lions finished the match with a 16-6 shot advantage.
The Lions close out their five-game home stand next week, hosting Hawai'i on Thursday at 4 p.m. and Sacramento State on Sunday at 1 p.m.