Nov. 1, 2007
LMU (11-5-1, 3-2-0 WCC) vs. Gonzaga (10-6-1, 2-3-0 WCC)Saturday, November 3 1:00 p.m.Sullivan Field
It's Showdown Saturday this week as LMU looks to keep pace in the West Coast Conference standings. Currently sitting in third place with two matches remaining, the Lions hope that a strong finish will get them into the NCAA Tournament field for the second consecutive season. This week, LMU plays its final home match of the season Saturday, hosting Gonzaga, who is in a three-way tie for fifth a game behind the Lions. A victory assures LMU of at least a top-four finish. Saturday's game takes on even more meaning for LMU's four seniors, who will play their final match at Sullivan Field and aim to extend the team's current nine-match home winning streak.
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About Gonzaga (10-6-1, 2-3-0)
Gonzaga made school history last Thursday, posting its first-ever victory over #12 Santa Clara, 2-1 at home. A goalless first half gave way to excitement as Kelcey Goddard scored her first goal of the season off a corner kick in the 48th minute. After the Broncos equalized in the 75th, Lauren Zuckerman netted the game-winner seven minutes from time. The high from that victory almost carried over to Sunday's game against #12 San Diego. The two teams battled to a scoreless draw for the first 100 minutes but USD grabbed the winner at 101:27 for a 1-0 victory.Zuckerman paces the Bulldog attack with five goals and 11 points. Ashley Riley has added four goals and three assists, also for 11 points. Jamie Blanche is tied for second with four goals while Christine Soma and Sarah Hall each have four assists to hold the team lead. Goalkeeper Jessie Thalman has a goals-against-average of 1.26 and five shutouts.Head Coach Shannon Stiles is in her 10th season in Spokane, compiling a record of 70-92-8. Last year, the Zags went 10-9-1, tying for fifth in the WCC at 3-4-0. They return 17 letterwinners and eight starters.LMU has had great success against Gonzaga in their all-time series, going 11-2-2, including a 6-1-1 mark at Sullivan Field. Last year's match in Spokane ended in a 1-0 LMU win thanks to Katie Osborne's fifth-minute goal.
Last Week Recap
After seeing their school-record nine-match winning streak come to an end on the road the previous week, LMU returned to Sullivan Field looking to extend its seven-match home winning streak. The Lions did just that, recording wins over Saint Mary's and San Francisco. On Friday, the Gaels grabbed a shock lead in the 19th minute but the hosts battled back, equalizing seven minutes later through senior Jamie Bell. On a Lion throw-in on the left, freshman Lily Sorentino turned her defender and found Bell at the edge of the area. The shot was a rocket into the top left corner, going in off the cross bar. Despite LMU holding a 22-6 shot advantage, the score would remain tied through regulation and into overtime before Sorentino popped up again for a fantastic game-winner. Six minutes into overtime, a long clearance from the Gael defense was collected at midfield by junior Shannon Omahen and played wide to senior Brandi Young. Young turned upfield and found the feet of a wide-open Sorentino, who had given the Saint Mary's defenders fits all day. Seeing an opening in front of her, Sorentino took off toward the goal until a defender closed her down. At that point, she ripped a 35-yard strike that flew over the goalkeeper's head and into the top right corner for her second career goal.On Sunday versus San Francisco, the Lions turned it on in the second half, turning a goalless draw into a 3-0 romp as the home winning streak reached nine games. LMU grabbed the lead just 33 seconds into the second half as substitutre freshman Nickey Ha, on at the half, rebounded a missed shot by Omahen at 45:33 for her first career goal. Ha's goal got the Lions going and they added a second in the 60th minute. Sophomore Kim Feeney played a free kick into the area that was flicked on by Sorentino. Sophomore Tiffany Harrison was first to the ball, knocking it in for her first goal of the season. The Lions would add a third in the 68th minute through senior Katie Osborne. Harrison slotted a pass to Osborne, who eluded a pair of defenders before finishing past the goalkeeper.
Home Sweet Home
After dropping its first home match of the season, LMU has rattled off nine straight victories at Sullivan Field, shattering the school record of three held on many occasions. It's not just that they've been winning, it's also how as the Lions have outscored visitors 28-2 and have only trailed once. Seven of the nine victories have been via shutout and only one (last week's match against Saint Mary's) has been as close as a single goal. Before giving up the goal against Saint Mary's, LMU had a streak of almost 300 minutes without giving up a goal at home. In comparison, last season, LMU had six wins at home, scoring 17 goals.
Winning Season Assured
The two wins last week guaranteed that LMU will finish with a winning record for the second straight season and fourth time in the past five years. It is also the Lions' eighth winning season in its 15-year existence.The Lions also reached 10 victories in 2007, marking the second consecutive year that they have double-digit wins and the fourth time in the past six seasons. The 11 victories thus far ties for the fourth-most in school history.
Mallia Closes in on Milestone
LMU's victory against San Francisco was the 98th career win for Head Coach Joe Mallia. Eighty-seven of Mallia's wins came at Loyola College (Md.), with the last 11 here at LMU. With two regular season matches left, Mallia can reach the century mark in 2007.
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 13 games, tying the record 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.
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 twice in the last six games - 25 minutes at Cal State Fullerton and eight minutes against Saint Mary's. The team is 9-2-0 this year when scoring first and 3-2-0 when leading at halftime.
Goals, Goals, Goals
Through 17 games, LMU has scored 33 goals, the second-most in a single season in program history and the third 30+ goal season in the program's 15-year existence. The school record of 40 goals was set in 1999. LMU also topped 30 goals with 31 in 1995.
Bell of the Ball
Since finding the net against Lamar, senior Jamie Bell has not stopped scoring. Her goal against Saint Mary's was her team-leading seventh of the season, tying her career-high set last season. With her three assists on the season, she has set a new career-high with 17 points. She is third in the conference in goals and fifth in points..It's not just that she's scoring goals, it's the timing of them. Three of Bell's seven goals have been game-winners and she would have had a fourth GWG if not for Idaho's late consolation goal. Five of the seven have given LMU the lead and one has pulled them level.Bell has 15 career goals, putting her in fourth on the LMU all-time list. Her 39 points put her seventh.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.
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 eight shutouts in her last 14 matches and has nine overall in 2007, setting a new career high and tying for the conference lead. Her goals-against-average this season is a paltry 0.69, second in the WCC, while her 59 saves rank her sixth.Slovek has planted herself firmly in the LMU career record books. Her 27.5 career shutouts, 255 career saves, and 5,783 minutes played all rank second on the LMU all-time lists. She needs 31 saves to tie Celeste Adams' record and 68 minutes to tie Tracy Sharp's mark. She is also closing in on Sharp's career goals-against-average record of 0.88. Slovek is currently at 0.89.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 five goals, a new career-high. Her 12 points also are a career-best.Ozzy earned the WCC Player of the Week award for October 8 after scoring the game-winning goal against Hawai'i and adding assists in that game and verus Sacramento State.Save for a goalless blip in 2005, Osborne has been steady, scoring three goals in 2004 and four in 2006. Her 12 career goals tie her for tenth all-time at LMU while she has moved into sole possession of tenth on the points list with 29.
Lily Shares the Load
Freshman Lily Sorentino has caught the offensive bug recently, scoring a goal and adding four assists in her last seven games. Sorentino's six assists leads the team and is tied for the fourth-highest single-season total in LMU history. Her 10 points put her third on the team.
And Feeney Makes 20
Sophomore Kim Feeney's assist against San Francisco meant that 20 of the 23 Lions who have played have now scored at least one point. Fifteen different LMU players have at least one goal.