Oct. 19, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Three second half goals lifted the 11th-ranked University of San Diego women's soccer team to a 3-1 win over visiting Loyola Marymount University Friday evening in a West Coast Conference match at USD's Torero Stadium.
With the win, the Toreros run their program-best unbeaten streak to 10 matches and improve to 11-1-2 overall and remain unblemished in WCC action with a 2-0-0 record. With the loss, the Lions saw their eight-match winning streak snapped and fall to 9-4-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the WCC.
The Toreros dominated the time of possession in the first half and outshot the Lions 9-3. But in the eighth minute, the Lions were able to sneak one by USD's junior goalkeeper Brittany Cameron. Stefanie Baduria sent a cross into the USD goal box and Jamie Bell was there to redirect the ball into the right corner of the net to give LMU a 1-0 lead.
San Diego had several chances to tie the match up in the first half, but were unable to. In the final seconds of the first period, sophomore midfielder Christine Mock rifled off a shot that just went over the cross bar to preserve the 1-0 Lions lead.
San Diego however, wasted no time in scoring in he second half, as senior midfielder Leigh Ann Robinson got control of the ball near midfield and sprinted with the ball tearing through the Lions defense. Just 13 seconds into the half, Robinson hit a laser strike from 10 yards out into the top right corner of the goal to even things up at 1-1.
San Diego continued its offensive dominance in the second half by again having an advantage in time of possession, and 79th minute of the match, the defending WCC Player of the Week, Amy Epsten, tallied her conference-leading eighth goal of the season, as junior midfielder Jackie Garcia sent a cross to the right side of the goal box, where sophomore midfielder Hallie Huston redirected he ball to Epsten, who in turn headed the ball past the LMU goalkeeper, giving USD a 2-1 advantage.
Freshman Ashleigh Shoughro then put the match out of reach in the 88th minute of the match. Robinson fed the ball to Shoughro, who in turn dribbled past two defenders and the LMU 'keeper for a wide open net shot to put the match at its final of 3-1.
Cameron was credited with the win in goal for the Toreros as she allowed one goal and recorded four saves.
The Toreros outshot the Lions 18-5 for the match and held a decisive 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.
The Toreros will put their 10-match unbeaten streak on the line on Sunday as they host Pepperdine University in a 12 p.m. Match at Torero Stadium.