April 3, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU women's soccer team recorded another shutout victory on Saturday morning, their second in a row, versus Ajax America Women of the WPSL. Ajax is the defending WPSL Western Division champions, but after 90 minutes the Lions proved to be the better team on the day. Jamie Bell scored in the 89th minute to lead the Lions to a 1-0 win.
The first half saw the Lions struggling to find their rhythm in the attack, but doing a lot of good team defending. Ajax's first good chance to score came in the 7th minute when a clear header from an Ajax corner kick would've found the net had it not been for defender Brandi Young clearing the ball of the line with a header of her own. Neither team was very dangerous in the attack after that and the game remained scoreless at the half.
In the second half the Lion attack sprung to life as their ball possession improved dramatically. LMU had several good scoring chances, including Bell's volley from a Lacey Bartels corner kick that was saved off the line by an Ajax defender in the 75th minute.
However, the Lions were rewarded for their persistence in the attack and relentless high pressure defense in the 89th minute. Bell pressured an Ajax defender into turning the ball over with an errant pass. Michelle Kanama read the pass expertly and intercepted the ball, placing a perfect one-touch pass into the path of Bell. The forward turned toward goal with one touch and finished a rocket of a shot into the lower left corner of the goal for the 1-0 lead.
LMU only had to protect that lead for one minute and was able to do so easily. This is the second shutout of the spring for the Lions and the first for Allyssa Clark who played all 90 minutes in goal for LMU.
The Lions' final spring game is Thursday, April 5, at 4:00pm on Sullivan Field against Cal State Fullerton in a rematch of last fall's first round NCAA tournament game.
- GO LIONS! -