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Lions Travel to Michigan

Sept. 14, 2006

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LMU, the only undefeated women's soccer team in the West Coast Conference, heads to the Midwest for a pair of games in Michigan. The Lions will take on the Michigan Wolverines on Friday night, and wrap up the weekend with a game at Oakland. LMU is undefeated on the season at 3-0-2 and has won its last two games.

About Michigan
The Wolverines are 3-1-2 on the season and are coming off of their first loss of the year, a 1-0 decision at Kentucky on Sunday. The Wolverines and Lions have one common opponent this season- Oklahoma State. UM tied OSU, 1-1 in Stillwater, OK, and the Lions handed the Cowgirls a 1-0 defeat in double overtime. Melissa Dobbyn leads the team in scoring with two goals and one assist, and Judy Coffman has a goal and an assist this season. Megan Tuura has a 0.35 GAA with two shutouts, and the team has combined for four shutouts this season.

About Oakland
The Grizzlies 1-5 overall, and have lost four straight games. Oakland recorded a 2-1 win over Toledo on August 27th, and its most recent results was a 1-0 loss at Cincinnati. Kristi Evans leads the team in scoring with two goals, and Jessica Boyle and Chelsea Atiyeh has one goal this season. Kim Herbst has played all but one game in goal, and has a 3.00 GAA. Oakland will play at Western Michigan on Friday before hosting LMU on Sunday afternoon. LMU has beaten Oakland in the two times the teams have played previously.

Looking Back
LMU was the unofficial champion of the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament last weekend, defeating St. Francis (PA) 2-0 and Oklahoma State, 1-0 in double overtime. The Lions were the only team to go 2-0 in the tournament. Jamie Bell was the tournament's Offensive MVP and Joslyn Slovek recorded two shutouts to earn Defensive MVP honors. Tiffany Harrison and Whitney Temple also earned All-Tournament team accolades.

Stefanie Baduria scored her first career goal and assisted on another to lead LMU to a 2-0 win over St. Francis in LMU's first game of the tournament. Tana Smothermon gave LMU a little breathing room with a second half goal. Slovek made one save to record her first shutout of the season.

LMU used almost every minute possible to defeat Oklahoma State, with Bell scoring the only goal of the game with 50 seconds remaining in the second overtime period. After a slow first half start, the Lions roared out of the halftime break with renewed intensity and controlled play the rest of the way. Two LMU shots hit the frame of the goal during the second half, and the game remained scoreless. When it looked like LMU would record its third tie of the season, Brandi Young lofted a ball to Bell who was in front of the net. The junior forward had her back to the net, but flicked the ball behind her past the OSU goalkeeper for the Lion victory.

Bell Yeah!
Junior Jamie Bell has been an offensive threat so far this season. She entered her junior year with one goal and four assists in her career, but has been a strong offensive weapon for the Lions this season. Bell leads the team in scoring with three goals, including the game-winner against Oklahoma State.

Baduria is Back
Stefanie Baduria is in her third year at LMU, but she struggled with injuries during her first two seasons. A stress fracture limited Baduria to just six games as a freshman, but she still earned WCC All-Freshman team honors. She was knocked out of the entire 2005 season with an ACL injury, but she is back healthy in 2006. She scored her first career goal in LMU's 2-0 win over St. Francis, and assisted on the second LMU goal of the game. She also assisted on LMU's game winner against Oregon.

Slovek Shuts `Em Down
Junior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek recorded two shutouts over the weekend to earn Defensive MVP honors at the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament. The Scottsdale, AZ native now has 12 career shutouts.

Fresh Start
Freshmen have been playing a large part for the Lions so far this season. Tiffany Harrison and Kim Feeney have started all five games, and Kacey Doherty has started two. In addition, Lacey Bartels, Katrina Chong, and Leslie Grandy have all played considerable minutes. The newcomers have made a big impact, with Harrison scoring LMU's first goal of the season, and Feeney playing every minute of the season so far.

Looking Ahead
LMU returns to Sullivan Field for a matchup with local rival USC on Sunday, September 24th. The game is the first in a doubleheader with the men's team. The women's soccer team will play USC at 1:00pm, and the men's soccer team will face off against Portland at 4:00pm.

Murphy's Journey
LMU Head Coach Gregg Murphy had the opportunity of a lifetime when he traveled to Russia to serve as an assistant coach to the US Women's Under-20 National team at the 2006 World Championships. Murphy thoughts about the tournament and his experience can be found in a journal on the LMU website at www.LMULions.com.

Battle of the Dohertys-RECAP
It was a result that only the Doherty family was happy with. LMU and UC Santa Barbara played to a 1-1 tie on Tuesday, Sept. 5th, but for the Doherty family it was the first time that twin sisters Kacey (LMU) and Erin (UCSB) had ever played against each other. Kacey started at defense for the Lions, while Erin came off the bench and played 48 minutes in the contest.

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.

Lions All-Access
Select home games will be broadcast live and free on Lions All-Access this season. To listen to the broadcasts, 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.