Oct. 4, 2007
LMU displayed another strong second-half performance to extend its school-record winning streak to seven games with a 2-0 win over Hawai'i Thursday afternoon at Sullivan Field in Los Angeles, CA. The Lions got goals from senior Katie Osborne and sophomore Jessica Sharpe to post their second consecutive shutout.
LMU (7-3-1) is proving itself to be a second-half team as its last five goals have all come after halftime. A scoreless opening 45 minutes that saw most of the possession between the 18-yard boxes gave way to a free-flowing second half that featured a combined 16 shots. The Lions had most of the offensive firepower, raining down nine shots on the Rainbow Wahine (7-3-1) in the second half.
When the first goal finally came, in the 57th minute, it was a thing of beauty and teamwork. A Hawai'i clearance from the defense came to junior Amanda Lernor, who served the ball back over the top. Freshman Gabby Parisella broke the off-side trap on the left side to run on to the ball and dribble to the touchline. Her cross was perfect for Osborne, who arrived in the six yard box in time to head the ball past Lu. It was Osborne's second game-winning goal in as many matches and her fourth goal of the season, tying her career-high from last year.
The Lions thought they had doubled their lead in the 61st minute when freshman Lily Sorentino found the net but the referee ruled she was offside and the goal was waved off. Six minutes later, Osborne tried to sneakily grab a second. Collecting the ball 30 yards out and her back to goal, she swiveled and caught Lu off her line with a lob. The UH goalie scrambled back in time to tip the ball over for a corner.
LMU's second goal saw more brilliance from Osborne and quick reactions from Sharpe. Osborne provided the build-up by taking on three defenders down the left and crossing to freshman Lily Sorentino. Sorentino's first-time shot was saved by Lu but rebounded straight to Sharpe, who tapped in for her second goal in six appearances this season.
In the 85th minute, the Rainbow Wahine defense came to the rescue on consecutive shots to keep the scoreline at 2-0. Lu came off her line to close down a Lion attack and was out of position for shots by junior Lauren Shanklin and Sorentino. Luckily for her, defenders had recovered enough to keep out each attempt.
LMU came closest to scoring in the first half but Hawai'i goalkeeper Kori Lu turned away a long-range free kick from sophomore Leslie Grandy. The Lions also had a shot by sophomore Tiffany Harrison cleared off the line by the Rainbow Wahine defense.
Senior GK Joslyn Slovek was troubled for just one save on the day in notching her sixth shutout of the year. Lu had two saves for the visitors. LMU held a 12-10 shot advantage and had six corners to one for Hawai'i.
LMU has now outscored its opponents 23-2 during its winning streak and 9-1 during the first four matches of its five-match home stand. The Lions close out their home stand and non-conference schedule on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Sacramento State.