Nov. 4, 2006
Los Angeles, CA - LMU goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek made 12 saves to lead the #22 Lions to a 0-0 tie against #5 Portland on Senior Day at Sullivan Field. Today's tie marks the first time that LMU has earned a point against Portland, as the Lions wrap up the regular season with a 10-2-6 record overall. LMU's defense denied the WCC's top offense, as the Pilots averaged almost three goals per game entering today's contest, and today is just the second time this season that Portland has been shutout. The Lions finish conference play with five shutouts in seven games.
Portland (14-3-3, 4-1-2) came out firing in the first half, taking four shots (two on goal) in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Pilots had a 13-8 shots advantage in the first half, but Slovek came up big for the Lions (10-2-6, 2-1-4) with seven saves in the opening 45 minutes. Cori Alexander made three stops for the Pilots.
LMU came alive in the second half, especially when the trio of Katie Osborne, Alicia Lloyd and Lacey Bartels entered the game in the 67th minute. The Lions' offense started clicking with LMU getting several dangerous opportunities. Tiffany Harrison nearly gave LMU the lead with her hard shot to the upper left corner, but Alexander used every inch of her 5-10 frame to get up into the corner to grab the ball. The teams both finished with six shots apiece in the second half, but again, the defenses kept the game scoreless and forced extra time.
Both teams had their most dangerous opportunities in the first overtime period. Kendra Chandhoke had a low close range shot to the far post, but Slovek dove to the ground and stopped the ball with her outreached arms in the 96th minute. Osborne nearly ended the game in the 97th minute. Jamie Bell drove deep into the Portland defense and crossed a perfect ball across the face of the goal. Osborne was waiting for the ball in front of the goal, but so was Alexander, and the goalkeeper won the battle.
Portland took two shots in the second overtime period, but Slovek was there, and the game ended in a 0-0 tie.
Bell and Stefanie Baduria led LMU with four shots each, while Chandhoke and Michelle Enyeart, the WCC's leading scorer, each had six shots for Portland.
It marks LMU's fourth straight WCC shutout, as the Lions finished up the final four conference games with a 2-0-2 record. The tie knocked the Pilots out of the WCC title, handing the conference crown to Santa Clara. Portland finished second, while Pepperdine finished third. LMU finishes in fourth place in the conference with 11 points. LMU tied all three of teams ahead of it this season.
Slovek finished 12 saves to earn her eighth shutout of the season. She finishes conference play with a 0.38 GAA, and saved 93% of shots on goal in WCC games. LMU allowed just three goals in seven WCC games, and had five shutouts. For the season, Slovek has a 0.58 GAA, lowest in the WCC.
LMU is hoping that its 10-2-6 record will be enough to earn a spot in the 64-team NCAA Tournament. The field will be announced at noon on Monday on ESPNews. Stay posted to www.LMULions.com for the latest information on the Lions' post-season plans.
Portland (14-3-3, 4-1-2) vs. Loyola Marymount (10-2-6, 2-1-4) Date: Nov 04, 2006 Attendance: 485 Weather: sunny, low 70s- GO LIONS! -
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot ------------------------------------- Portland............ 0 0 0 0 - 0 Loyola Marymount.... 0 0 0 0 - 0
Shots: Portland 24, Loyola Marymount 16 Saves: Portland 8 (ALEXANDER, Cori 8), Loyola Marymount 12 (SLOVEK, Joslyn 12)