Sept. 21, 2006
The LMU women's soccer team returns to the friendly confines of Sullivan Field to host #16 USC this Sunday. The Lions are coming off of their first road trip of the season and have a 4-1-2 record entering Sunday's game. The game will be broadcast live and free on Lions All-Access at www.LMULions.com, and Gametracker will also be available for the contest.
The Women of Troy are 6-1-1 on the season and ranked #16 in the latest Soccer Times poll. USC has won five straight games coming into the weekend and hasn't allowed a goal during that stretch. It's only loss of the season was to #1 Notre Dame, a 2-0 setback. USC and LMU have one common opponent- UCSB. Both schools walked away from their game against the Gauchos with a tie. Rosa Anna Tantillo leads the team in scoring with three goals and five assists, and Nini Loucks has three goals. Amy Rodriguez has two goals and one assist in just three games played. Veronica Simonton has a 0.38 GAA with four shutouts.
Murph Nears Century Mark
LMU Head Coach Gregg Murphy is just one win away from capturing his 100th LMU victory. Now in his 11th season, Murphy has a record of 99-76-23 at LMU. Last season, he recorded his 150th career victory with the win over UC Riverside. His career mark stands at 157-128-26.
Sunday Soccer Doubleheader
LMU's game on Sunday against USC is the first game of an LMU soccer doubleheader at Sullivan Field. The Lions host the Women of Troy at 1:00pm, and the men's soccer team hosts WCC rival Portland at 4:00pm.
LMU suffered its first loss this season when it fell 1-0 to Michigan in Ann Arbor. The Lions rebounded for a 3-2 victory at Oakland on Sunday afternoon. Katie Osborne scored her first goal of the season in the 35th minute to put the Lions up, and the Lions took a 1-0 lead into halftime. Tiffany Harrison put in her second goal of the season in the 64th minute, and another two goals were scored in the next 15 minutes. After Oakland cut the LMU lead to one goal, Osborne added her second goal of the day to give LMU a 3-1 lead in the 79th minute. The Grizzlies cut the LMU lead to one goal in the 87th minute, but wouldn't get any closer as the Lions held on for the road win. Three different players assisted on the three goals - Whitney Temple, Stefanie Baduria and Jamie Bell.
Junior Jamie Bell has been one of LMU's most potent offensive threats 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. Baduria has three assists this season and is second on the team in points with five.
Slovek Shuts `Em Down
Junior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek recorded two shutouts to earn Defensive MVP honors at the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament. The Scottsdale, AZ native now has 12 career shutouts.
Freshmen have been playing a large part for the Lions so far this season. Tiffany Harrison and Kim Feeney have started all seven games, and Lacey Bartels has started two. In addition, Katrina Chong, and Leslie Grandy have played considerable minutes. The newcomers have made a big impact, with Harrison scoring two goals so far this season, and Feeney playing every minute of the season so far.
LMU stays local to face off against UC Riverside next Thursday. The Lions defeated the Highlanders 2-0 last year in the only previous meeting between the schools. UCR rebounded from the loss to finish 11-4-6 last season and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
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.
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