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#23 LMU Takes on UC Riverside

Sept. 27, 2006

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The #23 LMU women's soccer team heads out on the road to take on local Big West rival UC Riverside on Thursday afternoon. The Lions have won two straight games and are now ranked #23 in this week's Soccer America poll after Sunday's 2-1 win over #16 USC.

Big Win Results in National Ranking
The win over then-#16 USC on Sunday catapulted the Lions into the national rankings. LMU is now ranked #23 in the Soccer America polls, the first time since 2003 that LMU has been ranked. The Lions are also receiving votes in the Soccer Times poll, and are ranked #10 in the NSCAA West Region poll.

Temple Earns Player of the Week Honors
Whitney Temple was named the WCC co-Player of the Week for her role in guiding the Lions to the win over USC. 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.

About UC Riverside
The Highlanders are 7-2 on the season and have won two straight games. UCR defeated #22 Fresno State 1-0 in double overtime on Friday before beating San Jose State 2-1 on Sunday. Jenna Leonti leads the team in points with three goals and four assists (10 points) and Tessa Lennala also has three goals and one assist. Tawny Poggio has played the majority of minutes in goal and has a 0.73 GAA with four shutouts. UCR and LMU have two common opponents - Oregon and San Jose State. The Highlanders are 2-0 against those opponents, while LMU is 1-0-1 with the win over the Ducks. LMU and UCR met for the first time last season, with the Lions pulling out the 2-0 victory at Sullivan Field. That win was the 150th career victory for LMU head coach Gregg Murphy.

Murph Hits Century Mark
LMU Head Coach Gregg Murphy picked up his 100th LMU victory in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 comeback victory on Sunday, September 24th. Now in his 11th season with the Lions, Murphy has a record of 100-76-23 at LMU. Last season, he recorded his 150th career victory with the win over UC Riverside. His career mark stands at 158-128-26. Murphy spent his first six years as a head coach at Chapman.

Looking Back
LMU picked up its biggest win so far this season, defeating #16 USC 2-1 at Sullivan Field. 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 LMU defensive unit 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.

Bell Yeah!
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 tied for the team lead with seven points. She scored her biggest goal of the season to tie the game against USC.

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.

Fresh Start
Freshmen have been playing a large part for the Lions so far this season. Tiffany Harrison and Kim Feeney have started all eightgames, and Lacey Bartels has started three. 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.

Looking Ahead
The Lions will host a pair of games next week at Sullivan Field. The Rainbow Wahine of Hawaii will travel to LMU for a Tuesday afternoon matchup at 4:00pm. The Lions begin their quest towards a West Coast Conference title on Sunday when they host local rival Pepperdine at 1:00pm. The last time the two teams met at Sullivan Field was in 2004 and they battled 110 minutes to a 0-0 tie.

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.

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