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Final Home Stand Opens Against Gaels, Dons

Oct. 24, 2007

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This week
LMU (9-5-1, 1-2-0) vs. Saint Mary's (6-7-2, 0-3-0)Friday, October 26 • 3:00 p.m.Sullivan Field

LMU (9-5-1, 1-2-0) vs. San Francisco (2-9-3, 2-1-0)Sunday, October 28 • 11:00 a.m.Sullivan Field

Briefly
Having seen its school-record winning streak snapped last week, LMU looks to start a new one when it concludes its 2007 schedule with three straight home games. The home stand commences this week with a pair of matches. On Friday, the Lions look to halt their two-game losing streak with a visit from Saint Mary's at 3 p.m. On Sunday, LMU hosts San Francisco at 11 a.m.

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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 Saint Mary's (6-7-2, 0-3-0)
Saint Mary's has lost three in a row after defeats at home last week to Portland and Gonzaga. On Friday, the Gaels held strong against the #7 Pilots but conceded the game-winner in the 83rd minute in a 1-0 loss. Gonzaga did not wait that long to open the scoring Sunday, finding the net in the seventh minute and adding a second in the 70th for a 2-0 victory. Allie Weiner and Alex Ciliento each have five goals to tie for the team lead while Weiner has added six assists.Head Coach Kelly Lindsey is 9-20-6 overall in her second season in Moraga. In her first season last year, the Gaels went 3-13-4, placing seventh in the WCC at 1-5-1. They return 11 letterwinners and five starters.The all-time series between the Lions and Gaels is completely level with each team having six victories and two matches ending tied. Since 2001, LMU is 3-1-2, with last year's contest ending in a goalless tie. In seven meetings at Sullivan Field, the Lions are 4-2-1.

About San Francisco (2-9-3, 2-1-0)
San Francisco has turned its season around during the conference schedule, gaining both its wins in WCC play after opening the year 0-8-3. After posting their first win on October 14 against Saint Mary's, the Dons won their second straight on Friday, beating Gonzaga 3-0 behind a pair of goals from Jenny Jarvie and a strike from Samantha Brand. The streak was snapped Sunday with a 6-0 defeat by Portland.Mark Carr is in his first season at the helm of the Dons. Last year, USF was 5-13-2, tying with Saint Mary's for seventh in the WCC at 1-5-1. They bring back 16 letterwinners and eight starters.LMU has won nine straight games over San Francisco to lead the all-time series 9-4-1. During the win streak, the Lions have outscored the Dons 19-0, although the last two have come down to a 1-0 score.

Last Week Recap
LMU's school-record nine game winning streak was put to the test as it visited #11 San Diego and #9 Santa Clara to face its first ranked opponents of the year. Entering the week's play, the Lions had been undefeated this season in games in which it scored first and led at halftime but the stats did not rule out, as LMU held leads in both matches but could not pull off the upsets. At San Diego, senior Jamie Bell scored eight minutes in off a feed from junior Stefanie Baduria to give the Lions a 1-0 lead that would hold through halftime. The Toreros came out firing in the second half, equalizing 12 seconds in and adding two more goals for a 3-1 win that ended LMU's win streak at nine and extended USD's unbeaten run to 10 games.The script for Sunday's match at Santa Clara was more of the same as Bell again gave the visitors an early lead, this time off an assist by freshman Lily Sorentino in the fourth minute. That held up until the Broncos pulled level in the 55th minute and tallied the game-winner in the 75th.

It Had To End Sometime
Well, it was a great run while it lasted. The Lions' school record winning streak was one for the record books so let's take a look back over the last five weeks. It all started with a record-setting 9-0 win against Lamar at the LMU Four Points Sheraton Culver City Classic and ran through four straight shutouts until the loss at San Diego. Rather than bore you with details, the streak has been broken down by the numbers in the box above.

Winning Season Within Sight
With one more win or tie, LMU will be assured of a winning record for the second straight season and fourth time in the past five years. It would also be the Lions' eighth winning season in its 15-year existence.One more win will also put the Lions at 10 victories in 2007, marking the second consecutive year that they have double-digit wins and the fourth time in the past six seasons.

One Streak Ends, Another Continues
Although LMU's winning streak was snapped at San Diego, another streak is still alive: most consecutive games with at least one goal. LMU has gotten on the scoreboard in each of the last 11 games, two shy of the school's single-season record of 13 set in 1997. The Lions also had a 12-game streak to open 1999, which, when coupled with the final two games of 1998, can be extended to 14 games bridging two years.

Bell of the Ball
Since finding the net against Lamar, senior Jamie Bell has not stopped scoring. She is the team leader with six goals in 2007, one away from her career-high seven from last season, and is tied for seventh in the conference in goals. She also is tied for the team-high with three assists and has 15 points.It's not just that she's scoring goals, it's the timing of them. Three of Bell's six goals have been game-winners and she would have had a fourth GWG if not for Idaho's late consolation goal. Five of the six have given LMU the lead. Bell has 14 career goals, tying her for fourth on the LMU all-time list.Bell scored back-to-back game-winning goals against Cal State Fullerton and Fresno State to earn her first career WCC Player of the Week award on September 24. It was the first honor for the Lions in 2007 and started a streak of three straight POW awards for LMU.No Place Like HomeThe 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 was 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 8-2-0 this year when scoring first and 3-2-0 when leading at halftime.

Slovek: The Gloved One
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 12 matches and has eight overall in 2007, good enough for the conference lead. Her goals-against-average this season is a paltry 0.72, third in the WCC, while her 55 saves rank her fifth.Slovek has planted herself firmly in the LMU career record books. Her 25.5 career shutouts, 251 career saves, and 5,596 minutes played all rank second on the LMU all-time lists. She needs 35 saves to tie Celeste Adams' record and 255 minutes to tie Tracy Sharp's mark. She is also closing in on Sharp's career goals-against-average record of 0.88. Slovek's is currently at 0.90.Slovek earned her second career WCC Player of the Week award on October 1 after leading the Lions to their school-record sixth consecutive win and posting her fifth shutout of the season in the process.Slovek is currently ranked 43rd in the nation in GAA and 56th in save percentage (0.83).

Ozzy! Ozzy! Ozzy!
Bell can't do it all herself and in classmate Katie Osborne, she has a formidable strike partner. Osborne is second on the team with four goals following her game-winner against Hawai'i. She added assists against Hawai'i and Sacramento State to put her second on the team with 10 points and earn the WCC Player of the Week award for October 8.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.

Goals, Goals, Goals
Through 15 games, LMU has scored 28 goals, tying for the third-most in a single season in program history. Two more goals will give the Lions their third 30+ goal season in its 15-year existence and first since it set the record with 40 goals in 1999. LMU also topped 30 goals with 31 in 1995.