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#24 Lions Host Utah Valley State, Head to Gonzaga

Oct. 24, 2006

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The #24 LMU women's soccer team will host Utah Valley State in a non-conference matchup on Thursday afternoon before heading to the Northwest to face Gonzaga on Sunday. The Bulldogs and Lions sit in fourth and fifth place in the WCC, respectively, and Sunday's game is critical in the conference standings. Gametracker will be available for both games this week at www.LMULions.com.

Lions 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.

Lions Back in the Rankings
LMU moved back into the rankings following the win and tie in the Bay Area last weekend. The Lions are now ranked 24th by Soccer America, and 27th by Soccer Buzz. In addition, the Lions are ranked 8th in the West by Soccer Buzz, and 10th in the West in the NSCAA poll.

Slovek Shuts `Em Down
Junior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek leads the WCC in goals against average, and is currently ranked 28th in the nation. Slovek's GAA went down dramatically after recording two shutouts this weekend to help LMU earn four points on the road. Earlier this season, she had two shutouts to earn Defensive MVP honors at the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament. She added a pair of shutouts to lead LMU to a win over Hawaii and a tie against Pepperdine. The Scottsdale, AZ native now has 16 career shutouts.

Looking Back
Tana Smothermon scored the game-winning goal with less than a minute remaining in the game to lead LMU to a 1-0 victory over San Francisco on Friday night. LMU outshot USF 8-7 for the game, and Joslyn Slovek made two saves to record the shutout.

It was another defensive battle on Sunday against Saint Mary's, as the teams settled for a 0-0 tie. The teams had 17 shots apiece, but Slovek made five saves to record the shutout and the SMC goalkeeper made four stops.

About Utah Valley State
The Wolverines are 6-9-1 on the year and will wrap up their regular season with the game against LMU. UVSC is coming off of a 3-2 overtme win over Southern Utah on Saturday. Courtney Robbins leads the team in scoring with six goals and three assists, and Chelsea Stone has two goals and two assists this season. Kelley Thompson has played a majority of minutes in goal and has a 1.26 GAA with one shutout.

About Gonzaga
The Bulldogs are 9-7-1 on the season and sit in fourth place in the WCC with a 3-2 record. Gonzaga won three straight WCC games before Sunday's 6-2 loss at Santa Clara. All three wins were by a 1-0 score, as the Bulldogs registered three shutouts. Nanda McCormick leads the team in scoring with six goals and two assists, and Lacey Castleberry and Cristin Leverson have three goals and one assist. Jessie Thalman has a 0.97 GAA with six shutouts this season. Gonzaga will face Montana on Friday afternoon.

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 12 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.

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 103-77-26 at LMU. Last season, he recorded his 150th career victory with the win over UC Riverside. His career mark stands at 161-129-30. Murphy spent his first six years as a head coach at Chapman.

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 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.

Looking Ahead
LMU wraps up the regular season with a home gaine against defending NCAA Champions Portland on Saturday, November 4th. The Lions will honor the four members of their senior class in a ceremony before the game. Alicia Lloyd, Amy Sauer, Tana Smothermon and Whitney Temple will play in their final home game.

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.