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#21 Lions Face Tough Challenge This Week

Oct. 11, 2006

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The #21 LMU women's soccer team hosts two key WCC games this weekend, welcoming #3 Santa Clara to Sullivan Field on Friday afternoon at 4:00pm, and hosting San Diego on Sunday at 1:00pm. LMU is undefeated at home this season and is 7-1-3 overall. Gametracker will be available for both games this week, and both games will be broadcast live on Lions All-Access at www.LMULions.com.

National Honors for LMU
Junior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek was named to the Soccer Buzz Team of the Week as a result of her oustanding performance last week. The Scottsdale, AZ native made six saves in each game last week to record two shutouts and keep LMU undefeated at home.

LMU in the Rankings
The Lions are ranked in three of the four national polls this week, and it marks the first time since 1999 that LMU has been ranked in three polls. LMU's highest ranking, #21, is in the Soccer America poll. The Lions check in at #23 in the Soccer Times poll, and enter the Soccer Buzz poll at #30. It is the first time since 1999 that LMU has been recognized nationally by Soccer Buzz Magazine. LMU is receiving votes in the fourth poll, the NSCAA Top 25.

Fans of LMU Athletics will get a chance to see a different side to the LMU women's soccer team on Friday night when the Lions perform at Madness at Midnight. The annual kickoff to the basketball season features a dance competition between several LMU sports teams, and the women's soccer team will be performing for the fans. Madness takes place in Gersten Pavilion and doors open at 10:00pm.

About Santa Clara
The Broncos are ranked #3 heading into the weekend with a 11-2 overall record. Santa Clara defeated San Diego 2-0 in its first WCC contest last weekend. The Broncos have outscored their opponents 16-0 over the last six games, a streak that included four ranked opponents. Meagan Snell, the WCC's Player of the Month for September, leads the team in scoring with nine goals and two assists. Kiki Bosio has one goal and eight assists this season. Meagan McCray has played the majority of minutes in goal this season and has a 0.45 GAA with seven shutouts.

About San Diego
The Toreros are 8-5 overall and 0-1 in WCC action. San Diego fell to Santa Clara, 2-0, in its first conference game last weekend. USD started the season with a 6-1 record, but has lost four of its last six games. USD and LMU have several common opponents - USC, Hawaii and UC Santa Barbara. LMU went 2-0-1 against three teams, while San Diego was 2-1 against the opponents. Leigh Ann Robinson leads the team in scoring with six goals and three assists while Veronica Ambort has four goals in 2006. Brittany Cameron has played most of the minutes in goal and has a 1.64 GAA. She has recorded two shutouts.

Lions Get Offensive
LMU has scored 10 goals in its last five games, scoring three goals against Oakland and UC Riverside, and two goals against USC and Hawaii. Just as interesting, those 10 goals were scored by seven different players. Katie Osborne and Katrina Chong had games with two goals each, but LMU's offensive attack has been extremely balanced this season. Nine different players have scored goals for the Lions in 2006, and nine different players have registered assists.

Freshmen Get In On The Action
All three goals in LMU's 3-0 win over UC Riverside were scored by freshmen. The Lions' rookie class has scored five goals this season, including two by Katrina Chong and two by Tiffany Harrison. Lacey Bartels added a goal and an assist in the win over the Highlanders. LMU's freshman class has been instrumental to the team's success this season, with Harrison and Kim Feeney starting every game this season. Feeney has played every minute of the season as a central defender. Six different newcomers have started a game in 2006.

Temple Adds to Awards
In addition to being named the WCC co-Player of the Week, Whitney Temple was also named to the Soccer America Team 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.

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 102-76-24 at LMU. Last season, he recorded his 150th career victory with the win over UC Riverside. His career mark stands at 160-128-28. Murphy spent his first six years as a head coach at Chapman.

Looking Back
LMU scored twice in 65 seconds for a 2-0 win over Hawaii to start the week.Lauren Shanklin's first career goal broke the 0-0 deadlock in the 66th minute, with a hard shot during a scramble after a corner kick. Jamie Bell added an insurance goal just 65 seconds later off of a pass from Stefanie Baduria to put LMU ahead 2-0. That would be all the Lions needed as Joslyn Slovek made six saves to record her third shutout of the year. LMU outshot Pepperdin 24-9, but could not find the back of the net in Sunday's 0-0 tie to start conference play. Slovek made six saves to record her second shutout of the weekend, and Jamie Bell added seven shots.

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 four 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 four assists this season and is second on the team with eight points. Her biggest goal of the season so far came when she tied 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. She added a pair of shutouts last weekend to lead LMU to a win over Hawaii and a tie against Pepperdine. The Scottsdale, AZ native now has 14 career shutouts.

Looking Ahead
LMU takes to the road for a pair of WCC games in the Bay Area. The Lions will face San Francisco for a Friday night matchup before wrapping up the weekend at Saint Mary's on on Sunday.

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.

Follow the Lions all season with GameTracker for Women's Soccer. During all LMU home games, you can get the up-to-the-minute score, as well as updated game stats and a play by play. For more information, go to www.LMULions.com.

Lions All-Access
Select home games will be broadcast live and free on Lions All-Access this season. To listen to the broadcasts, go to www.LMULions.com and click on the Lions All-Access link on the right. Just select the game of your choice and enjoy the broadcast.