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Lions Look to Extend Four-Game Winning Streak

Sept. 26, 2007

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This week
LMU (4-3-1) vs. Idaho (4-3-0)Friday, September 28 • 4 p.m.Sullivan Field

LMU (4-3-1) vs. UC Riverside (5-3-0)Sunday, September 30 • 1 p.m.Sullivan Field

BrieflyThe suddenly red-hot LMU Lions continue their five-game home stand with a pair of games this week. The Lions, winners of four straight, look to keep rolling Friday at 4 p.m. against Idaho. On Sunday, LMU hosts UC Riverside at 1 p.m.

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Media Guide
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About Idaho (4-3-0)
Idaho has lost two of its last three after opening the season 3-1 but has already surpassed its victory totals from the previous two seasons. Last week, the Vandals fell 4-1 at UTEP but bounced back with a 1-0 home victory against North Dakota State that snapped a two-game losing streak. At UTEP, Aimee Goss got IU off to a quick start with a goal six minutes in but the Miners responded with four unanswered goals for the victory. Against NDSU, goalkeeper Anna Sandman recorded her fourth shutout of the season to tie the school record and Anna Edmonds scored the game's only goal in a 1-0 win. Sandman was named the WAC Player of the Week for her peformance.Jennifer Hull has scored five of Idaho's nine goals this season to lead the team with 10 points. Edmonds has three goals while Sandman has a goals-against-average of 1.14.Peter Showler is in his third season as head coach at Idaho, compiling a record of 7-36-3. Last year, the Vandals went 0-17-2, finishing seventh in the Western Athletic Conference with a 0-5-2 mark. They return 15 letterwinners and seven starters.This will be the first-ever meeting between the Lions and Vandals.

About UC Riverside (5-3-0)
UC Riverside saw its three-game winning streak snapped 3-1 by #25 San Diego on Sunday. Tessa Lennala scored her third goal in two games in the loss. On Friday, the Highlanders ran past Fresno State 5-1. Lennala got UCR on the board in the seventh minute, assisted on the second goal by Ashley Parks, then grabbed her second to make it 3-0. After the Bulldogs scored just before halftime, Natalie Ducatenzeiler and Nicole Yumori rounded out the scoring.Lennala leads the Highlanders with four goals and 10 points with Ducatenzeiler and Pat Brady each on seven points.Head Coach Veronica O'Brien has put together a record of 65-43-15 over six seasons in Riverside and has a career record of 107-91-22. The Highlanders went 10-7-1 in 2006 for their fifth consecutive season of 10 or more wins, placing sixth in the Big West at 2-4-1. They return 20 letterwinners and seven starters.LMU has won both meetings with UCR, winning 2-0 at home in 2005 and 3-0 in Riverside last season. The Lions have already faced two other Big West schools this year, falling to UC Santa Barbara 1-0 and beating Cal State Fullerton 2-1 last week.

Last Week Recap
LMU continues to play well after its slow start, running its winning streak to four matches after a pair of victories last week. On Thursday, the Lions traveled to Cal State Fullerton with revenge on their minds for the Titans' 3-0 victory in the NCAA First Round last season. It was Fullerton who got on the board first, scoring just 51 seconds into the match. LMU did not panic, however, equalizing in the 26th minute through sophomore Jessica Sharpe. Sharpe, who had been on the field less than two minutes, connected on a cross from sophomore Lacey Bartels, heading home for her first career goal. The score remained tied until the 97th minute, when senior Jamie Bell took a pass from junior Shannon Omahen and fired her shot inside the left post for the game-winner and a 2-1 victory.The Lions kept rolling on Sunday, dominating possession against Fresno State en route to a 2-0 win. Both goals came in the second half and it was no surprise when Bell was the one who got things started. Her 25-yard blast skipped off the turf and past the FSU goalie for her team-leading third goal. Five minutes from the end, LMU earned a penalty, which was converted by junior Stefanie Baduria. At the other end, senior Joslyn Slovek was at the top of her game in goal, making six saves including two outstanding tip-overs, for her fourth shutout of the year.Bell Named WCC co-Player of the WeekSenior Jamie Bell had quite the week, scoring the game-winning goals in both contests to help lead the Lions over Cal State Fullerton and Fresno State and earn her West Coast Conference co-Player of the Week honors. At CSUF on Thursday, Bell came through in overtime with the golden goal, firing in the winner to help the Lions avenge their loss to the Titans in last year's NCAA tournament. She didn't stop there, scoring the opening goal on Sunday against Fresno State. Bell shoed all-around play worthy of the goal, hustling after a loose ball and taking on a defender before lining up a 25-yard strike that settled into the corner.After talking of being "frustrated" with LMU's goal-less drought to start the season, Bell is making up for lost time with three goals and two assists in her last four matches, all LMU wins. She leads the team in goals (3), assists (2) and points (8) while her 11 career goals now ranks her tied for 10th on the LMU all-time list. Her 30 career points put her in a tie for eighth.

Four in a Row
LMU's current four-match winning streak is tied for the longest since 1998, when LMU won a school-record five straight. Since then, the Lions have had four winning streaks of four games, most recently last season from September 17-October 3.

Sharpe Sings Birthday Tune
What a way to give yourself a birthday present! Sophomore Jessica Sharpe marked her 19th birthday on Thursday with her first career goal in the win at Cal State Fullerton. Sharpe entered the game at 24:08 and made her mark 89 seconds later, heading in a cross from sophomore Lacey Bartels to tie the score at 1-1. It was the second shot she had ever taken in college and gave her three points on the year following her assist against Lamar. Sharpe has four appearances and one start in 2007 after making six appearances off the bench as a freshman.

"S" for Slovek... and Shutouts
Senior Joslyn Slovek continues to prove herself to be one of the top goalkeepers on the West Coast, if not in the nation. Slovek has recorded three shutouts in her last four matches and lowered her goals-against-average this season to 0.60, third in the WCC. She has a league-high four shutouts in 2007 and 22.5 in her career, second on the LMU all-time list. Slovek also moved into sole possession of second on the career saves chart at Cal State Fullerton and has raised her total to 232, leaving her 51 behind Celeste Adams. Her career GAA of 0.91 is barely behind Sharp's school record of 0.88.

Junior Stefanie Baduria continues to be solid as she works her way back from a knee injury that kept her out of the entire 2005 season and most of 2004. After starting 16 games last year and scoring two goals, Baduria has started every game in central midfield so far this year and scored her first goal of the season against Fresno State. She is also showing the field vision that gave her a team-high four assists in 2006, assisting on a goal against Lamar.

I Love Parisella in the Fall
Freshman Gabby Parisella made her impact felt during the LMU Classic, scoring a goal in each game, supplying an assist, and earning the team a penalty. Against Lamar, Parisella set up Shannon Omahen for the game's second goal and then added her name to the scoresheet with her first career strike in the 68th minute. Against Michigan, she started the second half and put LMU on the board by sliding in at the back post for her second goal in as many games. Seven minutes later, she was fouled in the box to gain the Lions a penalty and their second goal and send them on the way to victory. Parisella has yet to start a match but is tied for second on the team with five points.

Send in the Bench!
One of LMU's strengths coming into the season was its depth and the bench certainly proved that to be true with eight of the 12 goals at the LMU Classic coming from non-starters. Parisella and junior Lauren Shanklin are tied for second on the team's scoring charts with five points each despite neither starting a game. Looking down the chart, nine of the 14 players with points have started two or fewer matches.

Depth Con 11
Through eight games this season, LMU has seen 11 different players scored at least one goal, more than the previous two seasons. Last year, nine players got on the scoresheet, while eight players had at least one goal in 2005.The depth is also displayed with 25 of the 27 players on the roster having made it into at least one game, including all 23 outfield players.

Records Fall Against Lamar
LMU's 9-0 victory over Lamar knocked off several team and tournament single-game records. The nine goals by one team and (technically) both teams set a new LMU Classic record, as did LMU's 36 shots. All three of those are also new LMU team records, as are the nine assists and the five goals scored in the second half.

How Sweet It Is
Sophomore Jill Sweetnam marked her season debut in style, scoring her first career goal against Lamar. Sweetnam had seen limited action in two games as a freshman and had yet to play in 2007 before entering the match in the second half. Less than 22 minutes later, she had added her name to the scoresheet and capped LMU's record day. With one goal in 22 minutes, Sweetnam is LMU's most efficient goal-scorer in terms of goals per minutes played, ahead of Shanklin's two goals in 106 minutes (53 min/goal).

What a Difference a Day Makes
Entering the match against Lamar, LMU had yet to score a goal 398 minutes of play in 2007 and over 600 minutes dating back to last season. Still, fans knew that all the Lions needed was one breakthrough and the goals will start falling. By the end of the day Friday, seven different players had found the back of the net and nine goals were on the LMU ledger.