July 4, 2006
The Lions concluded a challenging 2005 season with a 6-10-4 record. A program-best six Lions were honored by the WCC at the end of the season, including first team selection Lori Sims. Sims broke the LMU career record for points in 2005, and tied the career goals mark with 20. Head Coach Gregg Murphy earned his 150th career victory in September with a 2-0 win over UC Riverside.
Six Lions were honored by the West Coast Conference at the end of the season. Lori Sims earned first team honors for the second straight year. Four Lions earned honorable mention nods - Sara Aldama, Jennifer Horn, Kelly Lewandowski and Whitney Temple. In addition, Michelle Kanama was named to the WCC All-Freshman team.
Senior Lori Sims earned WCC All-Academic honors for the second straight season. The senior forward had a 3.36 GPA as a Liberal Studies major.
With a goal against Saint Mary's, Lori Sims became the LMU career leader in points with 55. She passed the previous record of 51, set by Heather Farr in 1994-97. She now has 20 career goals and 15 assists.
Record Breaker Part II
With a goal against Cal State Northridge, Lori Sims tied the LMU career goal mark of 20, set by Heather Farr in 1994-97.
Not to be outdone, Kelly Lewandowski made a midseason charge to get to the top of the charts as well. She scored four goals in the month of October, and finished with six for the season and 19 for her career. She finished just one goal away from tying the career record of 20. Lewandowski finished with 44 career points (19 goals, 6 assists) and sits in fourth place in the career points list.
Single Season Record Watch
With all of the discussion focused on the LMU career record book, it is worth noting that both Lori Sims and Lewandowski wrote their name into the single season record books in 2005. Both players had six goals this season, good for a tie for 6th place in the single season goals chart. Sims and Sara Aldama each have five assists in 2005, good for a tie for 7th place in the single season chart. Sims amassed 17 points this season which is the 6th best single season points total in LMU history.
Slovek Shutting Out Opponents
Sophomore goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek recorded eight shutouts this season which was fourth among WCC goalkeepers this season. The Lions picked up victories during six of those shutouts, and ties in two. Slovek now has 10 career shutouts, third on the all-time LMU career list.
Horn Honored by Soccer Buzz
Senior defender Jennifer Horn was selected to Soccer Buzz's Team of the Week after earning Defensive MVP honors at the LMU-Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament. She led LMU to two shutout victories, and scored the game-winning goal against then-#29 Georgia. It is the first such honor for Horn who was also named the Defensive MVP of the LMU Tournament last year.
As the only team to go 2-0 in the LMU-Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament, LMU had four players named to the All-Tournament team. Jennifer Horn was named the Defensive MVP for the second straight year, and Lori Sims was named the co-Offensive MVP. Tana Smothermon and Joslyn Slovek were also named to the All-Tournament Team.
WCC Has Banner Year
The West Coast Conference again proved to be one of the top women's soccer conferences in the nation in 2005. Portland won the national championship, and the conference finished #3 in the conference RPI rankings. In addition, the WCC owned the second highest Division I winning percentage in the country. It is the third time in the last five seasons that the national champion has come from the WCC.
All About the Overtime
The Lions opened their season with five straight double-overtime games, and the sixth game ended after just one overtime period. The six straight overtimes to start the season marks a WCC record, but the double overtime concept is not foreign to the Lions. Last season, LMU played in five double overtime games, and another two games that ended in a single overtime period. The 2003 squad played three double overtime games, and the 2002 team also appeared in five double overtime games. After six straight non-OT games, LMU played double overtime in three of its last eight games. The eight double overtime games is the most in program history.
Win Number 150
LMU Head Coach Gregg Murphy recorded his 150th career win with the 2-0 victory over UC Riverside. In his 16th year, Murphy coached at Chapman College before coming to LMU. He is in his 10th season with the Lions.
Throughout the season, senior Kellie Schroeder wrote a diary on the LMU website. Her journal gave fans an inside peak into the LMU women's soccer team. Be sure to check the LMU website at www.LMULions.com for Schroeder's latest entry.
Follow the Lions all season with GameTracker for Women's Soccer. During any LMU home game, you can get the up-to-the-minute score, as well as updated game stats and a play by play. For more information, go to www.LMULions.com.
As a member of the West Coast Conference, LMU's schedule is consistently one of the toughest in the country. Seven 2005 opponents were ranked in Soccer Buzz's final top 30 poll of the season, including four WCC opponents. In addition, Florida State (#5), Cal State Fullerton (#11) and USC (#18) were all ranked among the nation's top teams. Other opponents were also ranked this season - Cal Poly, Princeton, Utah, Georgia, and San Diego have all saw time in the top 25. All but one of the teams that has handed the Lions a loss was ranked in the top 30 at some point this season.
Sullivan Field Upgrades
Fans to Sullivan Field will notice a few changes to the atmosphere this season. Brand new banners on the back on the bleachers welcome fans to the "Home of the Lions." In addition, a new scoreboard has been installed. This season, the Lions play 12 of their 20 games at Sullivan Field.