Oct. 19, 2007
San Diego, CA - Senior Jamie Bell scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season but LMU saw its nine-game winning streak halted, 3-1, at #14 San Diego in a West Coast Conference match Friday afternoon at Torero Stadium. The Lions (9-4-1, 1-1-0 WCC) drop their first game since September 9 while the Toreros (11-1-2, 2-0-0 WCC) remain unbeaten in their last ten matches.
The game featured the top two defenses in the league as well as two teams riding nine-game unbeaten streaks, tying for the longest in the conference this year. It was the Lions who got off to a great start as they looked for their 10th straight win. Bell, who had not found the net in the previous four games, scored on the game's first shot. Junior Stefanie Baduria provided the cross and all Bell had to do was tap in from close range. With her 13th career goal, Bell moves into a tie for seventh on the LMU scoring charts.
The Toreros fired back, out-shooting LMU 9-3 in the first half but only forcing senior GK Joslyn Slovek into one save. Meanwhile, the Lions kept putting shots on target, producing a pair of saves by USD keeper Brittany Cameron, and went into the half in the lead. Entering the day's contest, LMU was 3-0-0 in games it had led after 45 minutes.
It did not take long for that lead to disappear as USD equalized 12 seconds into the second half. Leigh Ann Robinson went on a solo run, beating Slovek into the top right corner from 10 yards out to make it 1-1. It was the first goal conceded by the Lion defense in nine halves, snapping a scoreless streak of 423 minutes.
Baduria looked to restore LMU's lead in the 51st minute but her shot was stopped by Cameron. That led to USD's game-winner at 79:26, which came off a Jackie Garcia cross that was flicked on by Hallie Huston to Amy Epsten. The conference's leading scorer headed past Slovek for her eighth goal and a 2-1 USD lead. Despite LMU's efforts to push forward and Carmeron denying Bell in the 81st minute, the Toreros added a third goal 65 seconds from the end. Ashleigh Shoughro caught the Lions on a counter-attack off a feed from Robinson to conclude the scoring.
USD out-shot LMU 18-5 but the Lions were more accurate, forcing Cameron into four saves. Slovek had three saves for the Lions.
LMU concludes its three-match road trip with another contest against a ranked opponent Sunday. The Lions visit #11 Santa Clara at 1 p.m.