Oct. 17, 2007
LMU (9-3-1, 1-0-0) at #14 San Diego (10-1-2, 1-0-0)Friday, October 19 5:00 p.m.Torero Stadium San Diego, CA
LMU (9-3-1, 1-0-0) at #11 Santa Clara (8-3-2, 0-1-0)Sunday, October 21 12:00 p.m.Buck Shaw Stadium Santa Clara, CA
With the winning streak now at nine games and a four-match shutout streak on the line, LMU faces its sternest test of the WCC campaign as it visits a pair of top-25 teams. The Lions will square off against the current WCC leaders, #14 San Diego on Friday, then battle the defending conference champions, #11 Santa Clara, on Sunday.
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About San Diego (10-1-2, 1-0-0) National Rankings: #14 (Soccertimes, Soccerbuzz), #18 (NSCAA)
San Diego has its own nine-match unbeaten streak on the line this week as it recorded its eighth straight victory on Sunday against Santa Clara. Amy Epsten netted the game's only goal in the 40th minute, her seventh of the year, while Brittany Cameron posted her seventh shutout of the season in the 1-0 win. Epsten was named the WCC Player of the Week for her game-winning goal and leads the conference in goals. Cameron is second to LMU's Joslyn Slovek in goals-against-average (0.46) and shutouts. USD is off to its second-best start in school history.Head Coach Ada Greenwood is in his fifth season with the Toreros, putting together a record of 49-41-9. Last year, San Diego went 12-8-0, tying for fifth in the WCC with a 3-4-0 record. They return 19 letterwinners and eight starters.Historically, the ball has not bounced too kindly for the Lions against the Toreros. USD has won 12 of the 14 meetings, with one tie. The Toreros are on a six-match winning streak, although four of those were decided by one goal and one went into overtime. LMU's lone win in the series was in 2000 and the Lions are winless in seven trips to San Diego.
About Santa Clara (8-3-2, 0-1-0) National Rankings: #11 (NSCAA), #12 (Soccerbuzz), #13 (Soccertimes)
Ranked #1 in the nation as recently as September 25 thanks to a 7-0-1 start but has just one victory in its last five matches, going 1-3-1 since. Granted, the Broncos have faced three ranked opponents in that stretch, tying #1 Stanford and losing to #2 UCLA and Sunday's match against #16 USD. Kiki Bosio leads the attack with four goals and five assists for 13 points while Brittany Klein has a team-high five goals. Tina Estrada and Courtney Lewis also each have four goals. Meagan McCray is second in the conference in saves with 62.Now in his 21st season at the helm in Santa Clara, head coach Jerry Smith has a coaching record of 334-87-29. Last season, the Broncos went 15-5-1, taking the WCC crown with a 5-1-1 record and advancing to the NCAA First Round. They bring back 22 letterwinners and 10 starters.For the Lions, the all-time series against the Broncos is slightly better than that versus the Toreros but the Lions still only have two victories with one tie in 14 meetings. Santa Clara is undefeated in the last six match-ups but the Lions battled to a 1-1 tie at home last season. LMU is 1-5-0 when playing in Santa Clara.
Last Week Recap
Entering Sunday's match, LMU had not beaten Pepperdine since 2002 nor won in Malibu since 1998 but the Lions are hot now and the winning streak was extended to nine games with a 1-0 victory. Penalties were the word of the day as each team had one. LMU converted theirs while Pepperdine did not and that was the difference. LMU's came 12 minutes in when senior Jamie Bell took the ball at the top of the box, made an excellent turn to get past a Pepperdine defender and into the penalty area. After she appeared to be tackled from behind, the referee whistled for the PK. Sophomore Lacey Bartels converted for her third goal of the season, all from the penalty spot, on the Lions' first shot of the match.The Waves would out-shoot the Lions 12-5 for the match but the LMU defense, and Slovek in particular, held steady for its fourth consecutive shutout and eighth of the season. The clean sheet would not be preserved without some drama in the final minute. Following a corner kick, a handball was called on an LMU defender in the penalty area at 89:35. Emily Wynne hit a hard-struck ball but Slovek guessed correctly and made a diving stop to preserve the victory.Why Not Make it an Even 10?LMU's victory over Pepperdine was its ninth 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 nine-game stretch is currently the longest winning streak in the conference.
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 nine games, and that was for only 25 minutes at Cal State Fullerton. The team is 8-0-0 this year when scoring first and 3-0-0 when leading at halftime.
Second Half Team
LMU's first-half goal at Pepperdine broke the streak of six straight goals coming in the second half but it extended their string of having yet to trail at the half this year. The Lions have played 10 matches when the score is tied at halftime, going 6-3-1. When leading at the break, LMU is 3-0-0. So far, 18 of LMU's 26 goals have come after halftime but the defense has been stingy in the first half, conceding a solitary goal.
Another Week, Another Shutout 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 seven shutouts in her last nine matches, including four in a row, and has eight overall in 2007, good enough for the conference lead half a shutout shy of her career-high set in . She preserved that shutout and winning streak in dramatic fashion, stopping a penalty kick at 89:35 to preserve the 1-0 win at Pepperdine.Her goals-against-average this season is a paltry 0.45, tops in the WCC, while her 49 saves rank her sixth. Her 25.5 career shutouts and 245 career saves both rank second on the LMU all-time lists. Should Slovek's numbers hold, her career goals-against-average of 0.85 would break the school record, held by Tracy Sharp at 0.88.Slovek is currently ranked 13th in save percentage (0.891) and 14th in the nation in GAA.
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 sixth 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 gain the WCC Player of the Week award. She is 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.
Lacey on the Spot
Sophomore Lacey Bartels has become somewhat of a PK specialist, scoring all three of her goals this season from the penalty spot. Her goal at Pepperdine was not only the game-winner but also gave her a new career-high, passing last year's total of two goals. A starter in all 13 games this year, Bartels can play any of three positions (outside left back, midfield, or forward). She is tied for third on the team with three goals and is fifth with seven points.
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 eight of the 16 players with points have started three or fewer matches. Also, the 26 goals scored in the current nine-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.