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Temple, Lions Gain Attention After Big Win

Sept. 25, 2006

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Senior Whitney Temple was named the WCC Player of the Week for her efforts in leading LMU to a win over then-#16 USC on Sunday. In addition, the victory helped propel the Lions into the national rankings, checking in at #23 in this week's Soccer America poll.

Temple scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute to help the Lions to the victory. Just as important, she led a defensive unit that shut down the powerful Trojan offense. USC was limited to just two shots on goal, and just six shots overall, despite entering the game averaging over 13 shots per game. In addition, the Women of Troy did not have a single corner kick- the first time all season that they had been shutout of corners.

In Sunday's game, USC took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute, but the Lions battled back and tied things up late. Stefanie Baduria tied the game at 83:00 on a header off a cross from Tana Smothermon, and a USC foul set up Temple's heroics. The senior center back set up approximately 40 yards away from the goal, right in front of the LMU bench. Her high, bending free kick lofted over all of the players on the field, just out of the reach of the USC goalkeeper to give LMU the lead at 84:46.

The win was LMU's second straight and helped improve the team's record to 5-1-2 for the season. LMU's consistent play this season forced Soccer America to take notice and ranked the team #23 in this week's poll. It is the first time since 2003 that the Lions have appeared in the national rankings.

The #23 Lions head out on the road this week for their only game on Thursday, taking on UC Riverside at 4:00pm.