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Lions Leave It Late but Keep Winning, 2-0

Oct. 7, 2007

Box Score

Los Angeles, CA - Late goals from freshman Gabby Parisella and junior Michelle Kanama lifted LMU to its eighth consecutive victory, a 2-0 win over visiting Sacramento State Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Field in Los Angeles, CA. The Lions close out their five-match home stand with a perfect 5-0 mark, winning four of the five matches by a 2-0 scoreline.

A goalless match turned in the 78th minute when Sacramento State (6-3-2) saw its cries for a penalty waved off. They believed that the Lions (8-3-1) had handled the ball in the penalty area but the referee disagreed, leading to an LMU attack. The ball came right back down the field to senior Katie Osborne on the left wing. Her cross cleared all defenders to a wide-open Parisella, who had time to settle and slot the ball under Trojan into the bottom right corner for her third goal of the season.

Sacramento State pushed forward in the final 10 minutes looking for the equalizer but only opened itself up to the counter-attack. The Lion defense remained firm and, with two minutes remaining, a long clearance from senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek was settled by senior Jamie Bell at midfield and she fed junior Lauren Shanklin on the left. With the Lions streaming forward in numbers, Shanklin crossed back to Bell, whose shot was blocked by a defender but straight to Kanama. The left-footed finish was perfect, curling into the top right corner for her first goal of the season and putting the game out of reach.

LMU dominated all the major statistical categories, out-shooting the Hornets 13-7 with nine of those shots going on target. The Lions also took eight corner kicks to CSUS's three.

The defense in front of Slovek protected her to the point where she was not forced into any saves in picking up her seventh shutout of the season and third in a row. Trojan registered six saves for the Hornets.

LMU was accurate on its three first-half opportunities, forcing Trojan into a trio of saves. Bell had back-to-back shots in the 25th minute. The first was a long-range effort that Trojan turned away for a corner with a low save to her right. After the Lions won another corner, Bell found the ball at her feet but her right-footed shot from 10 yards was straight at Trojan.

Sacramento State also had several chances in the first half, mainly through Katie McCoy. McCoy had the game's first shot, firing over from 15 yards. After Kylee Blatz's looping shot hit the post in the eighth minute, McCoy had a volley in the 28th that went just wide.

Finding themselves tied at 0-0 at halftime for the third straight game, the Lions pressured the Hornet defense from the second half kick-off, gaining four corners and six shots in the first 20 minutes. The Lions had a strong offensive sequence where they hounded the Hornet goal for a good five minutes. First, sophomore Lacey Bartels saw Trojan off her line and tried a sneaky chip, only to see Trojan tip it over for a corner. On the resulting set piece, Bartels had a wide-open header at the six-yard box but could not direct her header on goal. Minutes later, a long cross from the left by freshman Lily Sorentino found the head of Osborne, whose header was blocked for another corner. The subsequent corner came to Bell, who unleashed a low shot that was cleared off the line by the Hornet defense.

That seemed to open up the game as both sides sensed that a goal was just around the corner. Sorentino had her shot saved by Trojan while Rebeccah Phillips' wide-open shot was skied over at the other end. The breakthrough would come eventually for the home side.

LMU takes to the road for the next three matches as it opens West Coast Conference play. The Lions face local rival Pepperdine next Sunday at 1 p.m. before traveling to San Diego and Santa Clara the following week.