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Eight-Match Winning Streak on Line as WCC Play Opens

Oct. 11, 2007

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This Week
LMU (8-3-1) at Pepperdine (2-4-5)
Sunday, October 14 • 1 p.m.
Tari Frahm Rokus Field • Malibu, CA

Throw everything you know about the 2007 season out the window as the non-conference schedule comes to a close and the West Coast Conference campaign gets underway. Winners of eight in a row, LMU looks to keep the win streak alive as it heads to Pepperdine on Sunday. The Lions are coming off a five-match home stand and immediately head out on the road for their first three WCC matches.

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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 Pepperdine (2-4-5)
Pepperdine has played its last seven games at home, posting a 2-1-4 mark. Last week, the Waves hosted the same Sacramento State and Hawai'i teams that LMU did, tying them both. On Friday against the Hornets, Amanda Rupp gave the home team the lead in the 42nd minute. It would stay that way until the 88th, when Sac State equalized. The Waves held a 23-9 shot advantage but still walked away with a 1-1 draw. That would be the same score on Sunday versus the Rainbow Wahine in an eerily similar game. Rupp once again provided the first goal, this time in the 44th minute, only to see Hawai'i strike back in the 79th. Pepperdine has not lost in its last six matches, going 2-0-4.Tim Ward is in his 10th season at Pepperdine, putting together a record of 112-55-26. Last year, the Waves went 11-6-3, placing third in the WCC with a 4-2-1 record. They return 14 letterwinners and six 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.

Last Week Recap
The theme of the week was 2-0 as LMU won both matches by that score, giving it three straight by that margin with victories over Hawai'i and Sacramento State. The Lions used strong second half performances in each contest to extend their school-record winning streak to eight games. On Thursday against Hawai'i, senior Katie Osborne connected with a 57th-minute header to give the Lions a 1-0 lead. A Hawai'i clearance from the defense came to junior Amanda Lernor, who served the ball back over the top. Freshman Gabby Parisella broke the off-side trap on the left side to run on to the ball and dribble to the touchline. Her cross was perfect as Osborne arrived in the six yard box in time to head the ball in. LMU's second goal saw more brilliance from Osborne and quick reactions from sophomore Jessica Sharpe. Osborne provided the build-up by taking on three defenders down the left and crossing to freshman Lily Sorentino. Sorentino's first-time shot was saved but rebounded straight to Sharpe for an easy tap-in and her second goal in six appearances this season.Osborne kept things going on Sunday, when LMU scored twice in the final 10 minutes to run the winning streak to eight. A goalless match turned in the 80th minute when the ball came down the field to Osborne on the left wing. Her cross cleared all defenders to a wide-open Parisella, who had time to settle and slot the ball into the bottom right corner for her third goal of the season. Sacramento State pushed forward in the final 10 minutes looking for the equalizer but only opened itself up to the counter-attack. The Lion defense remained firm and, with two minutes remaining, a long clearance from senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek was settled by senior Jamie Bell at midfield and she fed junior Lauren Shanklin on the left. Shanklin crossed back to Bell, whose shot was blocked by a defender but straight to junior Michelle Kanama. The left-footed finish was perfect, curling into the top right corner for her first goal of the season and putting the game out of reach.

Crazy Eights
LMU's victory over Sacramento State was its eighth consecutive win, extending its school record winning streak. The previous record, set back in 1998, was five games. That record fell on September 30 in LMU's 2-0 victory over UC Riverside. The eight-game stretch is currently the longest winning streak in the conference.

Osborne Makes it Three Straight
Senior Katie Osborne was named the WCC Player of the Week for October 2-9, giving the Lions an unprecedented third consecutive week with the conference's top honor. Osborne had a goal and two assists last week, scoring the game-winner with an assist against Hawai'i and assisting the game-winner against Sacramento State. Osborne follows the path paved by classmates Jamie Bell (co-Player of the Week for September 24) and Joslyn Slovek (POW for October 1) to give LMU three Players of the Week for the first time in program history. The last time a WCC school had three consecutive Players of the Week was 2005, when Portland's Christine Sinclair single-handedly earned four in a row.

No Place Like Home
The Lions have enjoyed playing at the friendly confines of Sullivan Field, going 7-1-0 at home with a seven-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 all five games in their home stand. The victories have been impressive, as well, with the Lions out-scoring opponents 21-3. 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 7-0-0 this year when scoring first and 2-0-0 when leading at halftime.

Second Half Team
LMU has recorded three straight 2-0 victories, with all six goals coming in the second half. The Lions have played 10 matches when the score is tied at halftime, going 6-3-1. When leading at the break, LMU is 2-0-0. They are yet to trail at the half this season. So far, 18 of LMU's 25 goals have come after halftime but the defense has been stingy in the first half, conceding a solitary goal.

Another Week, More Shutouts for Slovek
You would think this piece would get old but it never does. Senior GK 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 six shutouts in her last eight matches and has seven overall in 2007, good enough for the conference lead and surpassing her total from last season. Her goals-against-average this season is a paltry 0.49, tops in the WCC, while her 44 saves rank her sixth. Her 25.5 career shutouts and 240 career saves both rank second on the LMU all-time lists. Should Slovek's numbers hold, her career goals-against-average of 0.86 would break the school record, held by Tracy Sharp at 0.88.Slovek is currently ranked 17th in the nation in GAA and 22nd in save percentage (0.88).

Bell of the Ball
Since finding the net against Lamar, senior Jamie Bell has not stopped scoring. She is tied for the team lead with four goals in 2007, halfway to her career-high seven from last season, and is tied for third in the conference in goals. She also is tied for the team-high with three assists and has 11 points.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.

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 the team lead with four goals following her game-winner against Hawai'i. She added assists in each game to put her second on the team with 10 points, Save for a goalless blip in 2005, Osborne has been steady, scoring three goals in 2004 and 2007 and four in 2006. Her 11 career goals put her just outside the LMU career top-10.

Shanks for the Memories
Talk about making the most of your playing time. Junior Lauren Shanklin has appeared in all 11 games but compiled just 222 minutes on the field, ranking her 17th on the team in playing time. Yet that hasn't stopped her from performing at a high level as her three goals and eight points put her fourth 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 six of her seven shots going on frame and three ending up in the net. Her ratio of one goal every 74 minutes is third on the team behind sophomores Jill Sweetnam (1:22) and Jessica Sharpe (1:73).

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. She earned her first career start against Sacramento State and made the most of it, scoring the game-winner in the 80th minute with her third goal of the season.She has three goals and three assists for nine points, putting her third on the team.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.

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. Four of LMU's top seven scorers have combined to start just three matches while nine of the 14 players with points have started three or fewer matches. Also, the 25 goals scored in the current eight-game winning streak have come from 13 different players.

Depth Con 13
Junior Michelle Kanama's goal against Sacramento State made her the 13th different Lion to find the net in 2007, meaning that more than half of the outfield players who have seen action have scored at least one goal. 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.