Oct. 13, 2006
Los Angeles, CA - In a battle of two ranked West Coast Conference teams, #21 Loyola Marymount outshot #3 Santa Clara 25-12, but the Lions had to settle for a 1-1 tie in women's soccer action this afternoon at Sullivan Field. The Broncos took a quick lead in the 6th minute but LMU answered right back with a goal in the 7th minute. The Lions had several dangerous opportunities, but could not find the back of the net for the rest of the game and the two teams finished with a tie. LMU remains undefeated at home with its second WCC tie of the season, and is now 7-1-4 overall. Santa Clara moves to 11-2-1 with its first tie of the year.
Santa Clara got off to a quick start. A shot by Amanda Poach in the third minute forced Joslyn Slovek to make her first of five saves in the game, but she wouldn't get so lucky on the next SCU shot. Chioma Igwe found Meagan Snell six yards out at the far post, and fed her a perfect ball. Snell, the Broncos' leading scorer, touched it past Slovek to give Santa Clara the lead at 5:26.
But LMU answered right back. After earning a throw in deep in Santa Clara territory, Alicia Lloyd tossed the ball to the head of Tiffany Harrison. The freshman flicked the ball back to a waiting Jamie Bell, who blasted the ball with her head into the goal to tie the game at 1-1 at 6:46. Bell's goal is the first goal that Santa Clara has allowed in seven games, dating back to its 1-0 loss against Boston University on September 15th. SCU had outscored its opponents 16-0 during the last six games, which included wins over four ranked opponents.
The goal brought LMU back to life, and the Lions outplayed Santa Clara the rest of the way. The Lions outshot SCU 12-5 in the first half with a 6-4 shots on goal advantage. The strong play continued in the second half, with LMU outshooting the Broncos 9-5 in the period. The Lions had several dangerous opportunities, with forwards Bell and Katrina Chong giving the Lion fans an offensive show. But several of LMU's most dangerous opportunities just went wide of the net.
Santa Clara nearly took the lead in the 65th minute when Poach headed a ball to the upper corner of the net. Slovek used every inch of her 6-0 frame to leap up and barely knock the ball over the crossbar and keep the game tied.
The Lions controlled play in the first overtime period with Chong nearly ending the game. She broke free from the Bronco defense and had a one-on-one with SCU goalkeeper Meagan McCray. Her shot to the far post went just wide and the game continued.
Santa Clara took the only two shots of the second overtime period, but neither shot was on frame, and the two teams finished with a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes of soccer.
For the game, LMU outshot SCU 25-12, including an 11-6 shots on goal advantage. Bell led all players with eight shots, including LMU's goal. Whitney Temple added five shots, including two on goal. Poach led SCU with four shots.
Meagan McCray finished with 10 saves on the day, while Slovek stopped five shots.
The Lions move to 0-0-2 in WCC action but have really been strong offensively. LMU has outshot its opponents 49-21 in those two games. Santa Clara settles for its first tie of the season and is now 1-0-1 in WCC action.
LMU looks to pick up its first conference win and remain undefeated at home when it hosts San Diego on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm. The Toreros lost to Pepperdine 2-1 this afternoon, giving up the game winning goal with two minutes remaining in the second overtime period.
Santa Clara (11-2-1, 1-0-1) vs. Loyola Marymount (7-1-4, 0-0-2) Date: Oct 13, 2006 Attendance: 485 Weather: light mist, low 60s-GO LIONS!-
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot ------------------------------------- Santa Clara......... 1 0 0 0 - 1 Loyola Marymount.... 1 0 0 0 - 1
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 5:26 SCU SNELL, Meagan (IGWE, Chioma) - shot from 6 yards out, in front of goal 2. 6:46 LMU Bell, Jamie (5) (Lloyd, Alicia;HARRISON, Tiffany) - header from 6 yards out from crosses
Shots: Santa Clara 12, Loyola Marymount 25 Saves: Santa Clara 10 (McCRAY, Meagan 10), Loyola Marymount 5 (SLOVEK, Joslyn 5)