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Record-Setting Lions Look to Keep the Ball Rolling

Oct. 2, 2007

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This week
LMU (6-3-1) vs. Hawai'i (7-2-1)Thursday, October 4 • 4 p.m.Sullivan Field

LMU (6-3-1) vs. Sacramento State (6-2-1)Sunday, October 7 • 1 p.m.Sullivan Field

Already in the record books with its six-game winning streak, LMU looks to extend its program-record with the final week of non-conference play. The Lions bring a close to their five-match home stand this week with visits from Hawai'i and Sacramento State before embarking on a three-match road trip to start West Coast Conference play.

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Media Guide
The 2007 LMU women's soccer media guide is available for download at www.lmulions.com. This is the only source of copies of the guide.

About Hawai'i (7-2-1)
Hawai'i has won two in a row after defeating Weber State and Hawai'i Pacific last week. On Friday against Weber State, UH held a 21-9 shot advantage but needed a 37th-minute goal by Kelli-Anne Chang for the only goal in a 1-0 win. Scoring would not be a problem for the Rainbow Wahine on Sunday against HPU. Vanessa Bailey became the third player in school history to record a hat-trick and Chang added two goals in an 11-0 romp that saw UH out-shoot HPU 54-0.Taryn Fukuroku leads Hawai'i with five goals and 16 points while Ambree Ako and Tehane Higa each have four goals. Jessica Domingo paces the way with seven assists.Pinzoom Tenzing is in his 14th season at Hawai'i, putting together a record of 116-122-21. Last year, the Rainbow Wahine went 8-11-2 and finished sixth in the Western Athletic Conference at 2-5-0. They return 17 letterwinners and 10 starters.LMU leads the all-time series against UH 4-2-1, including winning last year at home, 2-0. When playing at Sullivan, the series is tied 2-2-1. This is Hawai'i's second trip to California this season, having come over September 21-23, losing at Cal State Northridge and UCLA.

About Sacramento State (6-2-1)
Sacramento State has won three in a row, all via shutout, following Sunday's 1-0 overtime win against UTEP. Katie McCoy rebounded a missed shot in the 94th minute for the game's only goal. The Hornets defeated Cal State Bakersfield 2-0 on Friday behind goals from Amanda Grey and Katelin Hopping.McCoy has seven goals and six assists already this season to lead the Hornets with 20 points. Gray is second with four goals and nine points, while Danielle Holloway has three goals and three assists, also for nine points. Goalkeeper Mandy Trojan has a goals-against-average of 0.91 with four shutouts.Head Coach Randy Dedini leads the Hornets for the first season. Last year, Sac State went 10-7-4, finishing in a tie for second in the Big Sky Conference at 4-2-1. They return 17 letterwinners and seven starters.LMU has won all four matches against the Hornets, although they last faced off in 1998 and haven't played in Los Angeles since 1994.

Last Week Recap
LMU keeps rolling along, winning both its matches last week to set a school-record with its sixth consecutive victory and extend its home winning streak to five. On Friday against Idaho, senior Jamie Bell scored for the third consecutive game, volleying the Lions in front after 16 minutes with her team-leading fourth goal of the season. Junior Lauren Shanklin made it 2-0 on a superb effort in the 39th minute, controlling the ball with her right foot and rocketing a left-footed volley into the back of the net from 18 yards out for her third goal of the season. Sophomore Katrina Chong completed LMU's scoring with her first tally of the season on a header from a corner. Although Idaho grabbed a consolation goal in the 72nd minute, it was not enough to keep LMU from tying the school record with its fifth straight win.The record books would be rewritten on Sunday against UC Riverside. After a scoreless first half, senior Katie Osborne produced an excellent individual effort to open the scoring just after halftime. Picking the ball up at midfield, Osborne dribbled some 30 yards before unleashing a 25-yard effort that honed in on the top corner of the UCR net for her third goal of the year. In the 57th minute, LMU was awarded a penalty, which was converted by sophomore Lacey Bartels for her second goal of 2007, both coming from the spot. Senior Joslyn Slovek came up big with two world-class saves down the stretch to preserve her fifth shutout of the season.

Slovek Named WCC Player of the Week
For the second consecutive week, the West Coast Conference's top weekly honor went to LMU as senior GK Joslyn Slovek was named the WCC Player of the Week for September 24-30. Slovek was instrumental in LMU extending its winning streak to a school-record six games, posting a combined seven saves in the two matches. She stopped four shots on Friday versus Idaho and followed that with three saves, including two spectacular diving stops in the second half, for her fifth shutout of the year. Slovek's honor comes on the heels of senior Jamie Bell sharing the honor for September 16-23. This is Slovek's second career POW award after earning one last season.

Happy Half-Dozen
LMU's victory over UC Riverside was its sixth consecutive win, breaking the school record set back in 1998. The Lions had won four in a row on four separate occasions since then. The six-game stretch is currently the longest winning streak in the conference.

Hot September
LMU went 6-2-1 in September, tying the program record for most wins in the month, set in 1998, 1999, and 2006).

No Place Like Home
The Lions have enjoyed playing at the friendly confines of Sullivan Field, going 5-1-0 at home with a five-match winning streak. After dropping the home opener to Dayton in double-overtime, the Lions haven't lost on their turf, winning the LMU Classic and taking the first three games in the current home stand. The victories have been impressive, as well, with the Lions out-scoring opponents 19-3. In comparison, last season, LMU had six wins at home, scoring 17 goals.

The Lead's the Thing
Much of LMU's success during its winning streak is due to getting and holding a lead. The Lions have trailed just once in the last six games, and that was for only 25 minutes at Cal State Fullerton. The team is 5-0-0 this year when scoring first and 2-0-0 when leading at halftime.

"S" for Slovek... and Shutouts
You would think this piece gets old but it never does. Slovek continues to prove herself to be one of the top goalkeepers on the West Coast, if not in the nation. Slovek has recorded four shutouts in her last six matches and has five overall in 2007, tying for the conference high and equalling her total from all of last season. Her goals-against-average this season is a paltry 0.58, second in the WCC. Some goalies have high save numbers because of a shaky defense but that's not the case with Slovek, who has one of the best defenses in the league in front of her but still raises her game to the tune of 43 saves, second in the WCC. Her 23.5 career shutouts and 239 career saves both rank second on the LMU all-time lists.

Bell of the Ball
Like the rest of the Lions, it took her awhile to get going offensively but since finding the net against Lamar, senior Jamie Bell has not stopped scoring. She leads the team with four goals in 2007, halfway to her career-high seven from last season, and is tied for third in the conference in goals.It's not just that she's scoring goals, it's the timing of them. Three of Bell's four goals have been game-winners and she would have had a fourth GWG if not for Idaho's late consolation goal.Bell has 12 career goals, tying her for ninth on the LMU all-time list.

Shanks for the Memories
Talk about making the most of your playing time. Junior Lauren Shanklin has appeared in all nine games but compiled just 151 minutes on the field, ranking her 18th on the team in playing time. Yet that hasn't stopped her from performing at a high level as her three goals and seven points put her second on the team and pass last year's totals of two goals and four points. Shanklin had the game-winning goal, and a spectacular one at that, against Idaho, and has been LMU's most efficient striker with five of her six shots going on frame and three ending up in the net.

Ozzy! Ozzy! Ozzy!
Bell can't do it all herself and in classmate Katie Osborne, she has a formidable strike partner. Osborne is tied for second on the team with three goals following her brilliant long-range effort against UC Riverside that proved to be the game-winner. Save for a goalless blip in 2005, Osborne has been steady, scoring three goals in 2004 and 2007 and four in 2006. Her 10 career goals put her just outside the LMU career top-10.

I Love Parisella in the Fall
As the first substitute off the bench, freshman Gabby Parisella has given the Lions a lift and change of pace with her introduction. Parisella scored a goal in each game at the LMU Classic, also supplying an assist and winning a penalty as she earned all-tournament recognition. Parisella has yet to start a match but has two goals and two assists for six points, tying for third on the team.

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. Two of LMU's top four scorers (Parisella and Shanklin) have yet to start a match while nine of the 14 players with points have started three or fewer matches. Also, the 19 goals scored in the current six-game winning streak have come from 12 different players.

Depth Con 12
Through 10 games this season, LMU has seen 12 different players scored at least one goal, more than in 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 appeared in at least one game, including all 23 outfield players.