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Lions Finish Spring With Another Shutout

April 21, 2007

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU women's soccer team finished its spring season on Thursday, April 5th with a 2-0 win over last fall's NCAA tournament opponent, Cal State Fullerton. This was the Lions' third consecutive shutout of the spring.

The first half was evenly contested and neither side could create many dangerous scoring chances. The half ended dead-locked at 0-0. The pace of the game picked up noticeably in the second half, with LMU getting the better of play. However, the first dangerous scoring chance on the day fell to the Titans when a ball crossed into the LMU penalty area was knocked away by goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek. The ball fell at the feet of a CSUF forward who lofted a ball over everyone toward a seemingly open goal. Fortunately for LMU, defender Leslie Grandy was able to recover to the goal and head the ball over the crossbar to keep the score level.

The Lions' first goal was created by a slashing run to goal by junior forward Katie Osborne. Osborne was then taken down in the box and awarded a penalty kick in the 78th minute. Lacey Bartles stepped up to the spot and hammered a shot to the lower left corner of the goal for the 1-0 lead.

The Lions would put the game away just five minutes later when Jamie Bell beat her defender, and dribbled into the Titan penalty area. She slotted a perfect pass across the goal for an onrushing Katrina Chong. Chong was able to crush a first-time strike into the upper corner of the goal for the 2-0 lead. The Lions had little trouble closing out the final seven minutes for their fourth win of the spring.