Nov. 10, 2007
Portland, OR - LMU saw its four-match winning streak snapped, 2-0, at #3 Portland in the regular season finale for both teams Saturday night at Merlo Field in Portland, OR. The Lions (12-6-1, 4-3-0 West Coast Conference) finish the regular season having won 12 of their last 15 and will await their postseason fate when the NCAA Tournament bracket is announced Monday at 5 p.m. Pacific.
Having already clinched the WCC title last weekend, Portland (15-3-0, 7-0-0 WCC) still had everything to play for as it aimed for an undefeated conference campaign on its Senior Day. The Lions also had much at stake with a victory going a long way towards solidifying an at-large selection for the postseason. It would turn out to be the Pilots' night as UP scored a goal in each half.
Michelle Enyeart opened the scoring in the first frame, firing home after 20 minutes. Sophie Schmidt fed Enyeart with a through ball into the 18-yard box and Enyeart gained possession in open space before ripping a shot just inside the right post.
Emily Michaelson gave the Pilots their insurance goal just past the hour, with Enyeart again playing a prominent role. A corner kick by Portland's Stephanie Lopez from the left corner made it all the way through the box, ending up at the feet of Enyeart. Enyeart sent a cross back in, finding Michaelson's head as she redirected the ball into the right sight of the net.
The Lions had two chances late to pull a goal back but were denied on each opportunity by Portland goalkeeper Hailee DeYoung. In the 83rd minute, senior Jamie Bell unleashed a shot from the right wing that was stopped by DeYoung. Seconds later, freshman Nickey Ha got loose at the top of the box but DeYoung was equal to the task.
Senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek made a season-high nine saves for the Lions, who withstood a school-record-tying 32 opponent shots from the Pilots. DeYoung finished with two saves as LMU was shut out for the first time since September 9. The clean sheet snapped LMU's single-season record of consecutive games with a goal at 14, which also tied the all-time record across two years.
LMU's loss, coupled with Santa Clara's win against Saint Mary's, drops the Lions to a tie for third with the Broncos in the conference standings.