Sept. 1, 2006
The Lions return to Sullivan Field for two home games this week. They host Pac-10 foe Oregon on Sunday afternoon, and welcome UC Santa Barbara to Sullivan Field on Tuesday afternoon. Sunday's game will be broadcast live and FREE on Lions All-Access and Gametracker will be available for both games on www.LMULions.com.
The Ducks sit at 0-1 on the season after a 1-0 loss against Long Beach State in their season opener. Oregon had nine shots in his season debut, with Nicole Garbin and Allison Newton getting two shots off each. Jessie Chatfield made six saves in goal. In 2005, the Ducks finished with a 9-9-1 record and placed ninth in the Pac-10. Tara Erickson is in her second year as head coach of the Ducks. Oregon will face UC Riverside on Friday afternoon as part of its Southern California trip.
About UC Santa Barbara
The Gauchos are 0-1-1 following the first weekend of the season. UCSB opened with a 0-0 tie against #21 USC, but dropped a 2-0 game to San Diego. UCSB's Tuesday game against LMU will be the fourth in a four-game road trip to start the season. The Gauchos will play at San Diego State on Sunday afternoon.
Battle of the Dohertys
Freshman Kacey Doherty will see a familiar face when LMU takes on UC Santa Barbara. Her twin sister Erin is a freshman midfielder for the Gauchos and it will be the first time that the sisters will face each other in college action. Kacey started LMU's season opener against San Jose State and Erin came off the bench in both games for UCSB. Erin leads her team in shots this season with four.
Sunday Game Sponsor
Sunday's game against Oregon will be sponsored by the LMU Greeks. The LMU Athletic Department would like to thank the Greeks for their support of women's soccer.
Fans at Sullivan Field got their first glimpse of the 2006 Lions when LMU tied San Jose State 1-1 in its season opener last Friday. Tiffany Harrison recorded her first career points when she gave LMU an early lead on a header off of a free kick by Amanda Lernor to put the Lions up 1-0. But the Spartans tied the score right before halftime. Neither team scored in the second half and forced 20 extra minutes of play. The Lions outshot SJSU 5-0 in the overtimes, but could not convert. Joslyn Slovek made six saves in the game, including stopping a penalty kick in the second half.
The Lions travelled to Lawrence, KS to play their second game of the week, but steady, heavy rain forced the cancellation of the game. It will not be made up.
Several freshmen played in the season opener, including starters Tiffany Harrison, Kim Feeney, and Kacey Doherty. In addition, classmates Leslie Grandy, Jessica Sharpe, Lacey Bartels and Katrina Chong also wore the LMU jersey for the first time. The newcomers made a big impact, with Harrison scoring LMU's goal, and Feeney playing the entire game in defense.
Next weekend, LMU will host its annual tournament, the LMU Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament. Joining the Lions in the four team field are Cal Poly, St. Francis (PA) and Oklahoma State. LMU host two games on Friday and two games on Sunday. Both LMU games will be broadcast live on Lions All-Access and Gametracker will be available for all four games in the tournament.
LMU Head Coach Gregg Murphy will get the opportunity of a lifetime when he travels to Russia to serve as an assistant coach to the US Women's Under-20 National team as they participate in the 2006 World Championships. Murphy will be keeping the LMU fans updated on his thoughts on the World Championships in a journal on the LMU website at www.LMULions.com.
Follow the Lions all season with GameTracker for Women's Soccer. During all LMU home games, 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.
Select home games will be broadcast live and free on Lions All-Access this season. This Sunday's game against Oregon will be the first of the season. To listen to Sunday's broadcast, go to www.LMULions.com and click on the Lions All-Access link on the right. Just select the game of your choice and enjoy the broadcast.