Oct. 26, 2007
Los Angeles, CA - Freshman Lily Sorentino's 35-yard strike in the first overtime gave LMU a 2-1 victory over visiting Saint Mary's in a West Coast Conference match Friday afternoon at Sullivan Field in Los Angeles. The Lions snap their two-match losing streak while posting their eighth straight victory at home while reaching ten victories for the second consecutive year.
Sorentino had a goal and an assist for the Lions (10-5-1, 2-2-0 WCC), who dominated the game at both ends, out-shooting the Gaels (6-8-2, 1-3-0 WCC) 22-6 for the game. Senior Jamie Bell also got on the scoresheet for LMU, finding the net for the third consecutive game and moving into sole possession of third place on the LMU career scoring list.
At the end of the day, LMU needed a bit of magic from Sorentino to claim the win. Six minutes into overtime, a long clearance from the Gael defense was collected at midfield by junior Shannon Omahen and played wide to senior Brandi Young. Young turned upfield and found the feet of a wide-open Sorentino, who had given the Saint Mary's defenders fits all day. Seeing an opening in front of her, Sorentino took off toward the goal until a defender closed her down. At that point, she ripped a 35-yard strike that flew over the goalkeeper's head and into the top right corner for her second career goal.
The entire second half was played with the Lions on the offensive, outshooting Saint Mary's 13-1 for the period. LMU also had eight corner kicks in the second half and nine for the game while SMC had zero.
Despite the Lions' offensive push, it was the Gaels who took the lead on their first offensive foray. Stefani Ricco carried the ball down the right flank, crossing into the middle of the box. Only two players were in the area and Allie Weiner beat her defender to the ball, volleying in with her left foot from six yards out in the 19th minute.
It was the first goal conceded at home by the Lions in almost 300 minutes and they found themselves trailing for the first time at home this year. Undeterred, they pushed forward, coming close to equalizing in the 25th minute but junior Michelle Kanama's left-footed shot from 18 yards just missed the left post.
The equalizer would come for LMU in the 27th minute on a fantastic strike by Bell. On a Lion throw-in on the left, Sorentino turned her defender and found Bell at the edge of the area. The shot was a rocket into the top left corner, going in off the cross bar. It was her team-leading seventh goal of the season, tying her career high and putting her in sole possession of third place on the LMU career scoring charts with 15 goals.
LMU came out for the second half with a tenacity to gain the lead, putting pressure on the Gael defense. Sophomore Lacey Bartels almost grabbed the team's second when she rose for a cross but her header glanced over. Moments later, a poor clearance by SMC goalkeeper Tara Larson fell at the feet of junior Stefanie Baduria. With an open goal, Baduria's one-time shot from 25 yards sailed wide right.
The Lions had a flurry of chances in the 63rd minute but was amazed not to come away with a goal. First, junior Amanda Lernor's corner kick caromed back off the post. After the ball was cleared, it was chipped back in by sophomore Leslie Grandy. Larson mis-judged the bounce as Bartels bore down and the ball bounced over both. Bartels chased but a defender cleared for another corner. Off the subsequent corner, Bartels had another header from close range but it was just high. A minute later, Bell connected on a spectacular side volley but Larson went low to her right for the save.
LMU senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek made two saves while Larson was called into action for seven saves for SMC.
The win gives the Lions ten on the season for the second straight year and fourth time in the last six seasons. They go for win number 11 on Sunday at 11 a.m. against San Francisco.