Oct. 20, 2006
The LMU women's soccer team heads to the Bay Area for a pair of WCC contests this weekend. The Lions will face San Francisco on Friday night, and take on Saint Mary's on Sunday afternoon. Free streaming video from Friday's game is available on the WCC's website at www.WCCSports.com, and gametracker will be available for both games this week at www.LMULions.com.
LMU Women's Soccer Featured on ESPN.com
The LMU women's soccer team is featured in an article on ESPN.com, written by Graham Hays. The article gives fans an insight into the team's struggles and success following the tragic death of teammate Jessica Hanson. Fans can read the story by clicking here.
LMU started the weekend with a strong performance, tying #3 Santa Clara 1-1 at home. The Broncos jumped out to an early lead with a goal in the 6th minute, but LMU's Jamie Bell tied things up with a goal just a minute later. Although LMU outshot SCU 24-12, the Lions couldn't find the winning goal and had to settle for the tie.
After the emotional game on Friday, LMU struggled to find its rhythm on Sunday and suffered its first home loss of the seaso, 2-1, to San Diego. Neither team scored in the first half, but San Diego put in two goals in the second half to go up 2-0. The Lions fought back and made it a one goal game in the 84th minute, but couldn't even the game. It was just the second loss of the season for LMU, and the first loss at home in 2006. LMU is now 5-1-4 at Sullivan Field.
About San Francisco
The Dons are 4-10-2 overall and are coming off of a 0-1-1 weekend in the Northwest. USF recorded its first ever non-loss vs. Portland when it tied the Pilots, 1-1. The Dons allowed an early goal against Gonzaga and the Bulldogs held on for the 1-0 win. Chelsea Hunt leads the team in scoring with four goals and three assists on the season, and Fiona O'Sullivan has five goals. Kelly Pohle and Katie Hodgson have split time in goal this season. Pohle has a 1.29 GAA, while Hodgson has a 1.89 GAA.
About Saint Mary's
The Gaels are 3-10-2 overall and 1-2 in WCC play. SMC opened WCC play with a win against USF, but was swept by Gonzaga and Portland last weekend. Nikki Schrey leads the team in scoring with five goals and two assists this year, and Allis Weiner has added three goals and two assists. Jennifer Zenovich has started eight games in goal and has a 1.65GAA.
Lions Get Offensive
LMU scored 10 goals in a four game span, scoring three goals against Oakland and UC Riverside, and two goals against USC and Hawaii. 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.
National Honors for LMU
Junior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek was named to the Soccer Buzz Team of the Week as a result of her outstanding performances against Hawaii and Pepperdine. The Scottsdale, AZ native made six saves in each game to record two shutouts.
LMU in the Rankings
Despite tying then-#3 Santa Clara, LMU fell out of the national rankings after its 2-1 loss to San Diego. Prior to the loss, LMU was ranked #21, and appeared in three of the four national polls. It marked the first time since 1999 that LMU has been ranked in three polls. LMU is receiving votes in the Soccer Buzz and Soccer Times polls, and is ranked #10 in the region, according to Soccer Buzz and the NSCAA.
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 102-77-25 at LMU. Last season, he recorded his 150th career victory with the win over UC Riverside. His career mark stands at 160-129-29. Murphy spent his first six years as a head coach at Chapman.
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 five 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.
LMU will play a home non-conference game against Utah Valley State before heading to the Northwest to face Gonzaga. The Lions host UVSC on Thursday at 3:00pm, and will take on the Zags on Sunday at 11:00am.
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.
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