Nov. 3, 2007
Los Angeles, CA - Senior Day belonged to LMU as Jamie Bell scored the game-winner in the 67th minute and Joslyn Slovek recorded her 10th shutout of the season in the Lions' 1-0 victory over Gonzaga in a West Coast Conference match Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Field in Los Angeles. The Lions close out their home schedule having won ten in a row at Sullivan Field and on a three-match winning streak overall.
Prior to the kick-off against the Bulldogs (11-7-1, 2-4-0 WCC), LMU (12-5-1, 4-2-0 WCC) honored its five departing seniors: Bell, Slovek, Brandi Young, and Katie Osborne. The four have been instrumental in their careers in lifting LMU to a conference power and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006. On this, their final home game, it was only fitting that two of the seniors would play leading roles in the Lions' triumph.
Needing a lift to break a scoreless tie, LMU turned to Bell, who set a new career high with her team-leading eighth goal of the season in the 67th minute. Six of Bell's goals in 2007 have given the Lions the lead and Saturday's was her fourth game-winner of the year. This might have been the easiest finish she has had, as excellent play from freshman Gabrielle Parisella down the right sideline led to her cross, which cleared everyone in the box and was settled by Bell inside the six yard box. All Bell had left was to poke the ball past Gonzaga goalkeeper Lauren Ames.
In the LMU goal, Slovek made three saves to record her 10th shutout of the season, extending her career-high this year. It was her 31st career shutout, putting her two behind the school record. In addition, Slovek became the school's all-time leader in minutes played, passing Tracy Sharp's mark of 5,751.
The shot count favored LMU, 12-9, but the Lions had more of the run of play with two clear chances in the first half. The first came to sophomore Kim Feeney off a corner in the fourth minute when her point-blank shot was saved by Ames. LMU's second chance came through another senior, Brandi Young, who could only watch as her 18-yard strike in the 17th minute ricocheted off the post.
The score remained knotted at zero through the remainder of the first half until Bell popped up to give the Lions the lead. Gonzaga made a frantic push at the end, winning a corner kick with 22 seconds remaining. The delivery was a good one but Slovek came off her line to punch away as time expired.
LMU's 12 victories this season are one shy of the school record. The Lions close out the regular season next Saturday at league leaders Portland.