Nov. 2, 2006
The #22 LMU women's soccer team wraps up the regular season at home against defending national champions #5 Portland on Saturday at 1:00pm. LMU will honor the four members of its senior class in a ceremony before the game. Gametracker will be available for the game this week at www.LMULions.com. The game will also be broadcast live and free on Lions All-Access.
A Brief Season Recap
The 2006 season has been a successful one by all accounts as the Lions enter the final weekend of the regular season action. Some of the highlights this season include: a 1-0 win over current #8 Oklahoma State... a 2-1 win over then-#16 USC... a 1-1 tie with #3 Santa Clara... a 2-1 win over Oregon (3rd place in Pac-10)... WCC road wins over Gonzaga and San Francisco. LMU has lost just two games this season, and both by one goal. The Lions lead the conference in goals against average and have allowed just three goals in six WCC contests. Jamie Bell has been outstanding this season with seven goals and two assists. Whitney Temple was named the WCC Player of the Week and has been named to a national team of the week in two different weeks. Joslyn Slovek has the lowest GAA in the WCC and was named to the Soccer Buzz Team of the Week, and Tana Smothermon was named to the Soccer Buzz Team of the Week.
LMU's four seniors will be honored in a ceremony before Saturday's game. Alicia Lloyd, Amy Sauer, Tana Smothermon and Whitney Temple have been instrumental in leading the team back into the national rankings for the first time since 2003.
Lions in the Rankings
LMU moved up to 22nd in the latest Soccer Buzz national poll, and remains in the 24th spot in the Soccer America poll. The Lions were the biggest mover this week in the Soccer Buzz poll, and its their highest Soccer Buzz ranking since 1999. The Lions are receiving votes in the NSCAA and Soccer Times poll. In addition, LMU is ranked 7th in the region by Soccer Buzz, and 8th in the region by the NSCAA.
Slovek Shuts `Em Down
Junior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek leads the WCC in goals against average, and is currently ranked 27th in the nation. Slovek has recorded shutouts in three of her last four appearances, all WCC contests. 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 17 career shutouts. This season, Slovek has saved 86% of shots faced, good for 28th in the country.
Bell Climbs the Charts
Junior Jamie Bell has scored seven goals with two assists this season. The seven goals puts her in fifth place in the LMU single season chart, and the 16 points has her tied for seventh in the single season points chart.
The Lions enjoyed a 2-0 week and put themselves in a great position to earn a postseason berth. LMU started the week with a 4-1 win over Utah Valley State. Jamie Bell scored twice, and Lauren Shanklin and Lacey Bartels added a goal apiece.
LMU won the must-win game of the week, picking up a road win over Gonzaga. Katie Osborne scored the game's only goal in the first half off an assist from Bell to put the Lions ahead 1-0. Slovek made eight saves in the game to record her seventh shutout of the season and move the Lions into fourth place in the conference standings.
Temple Honored Again
Whitney Temple was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week following the games against Utah Valley State and Gonzaga. The senior defender had been named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and was the WCC Player of the Week earlier this season.
The Pilots are 14-3-2 overall and ranked 5th in the country in this week's poll. Portland sits tied for first place in the WCC with Santa Clara and has a 4-1-1 conference mark. Freshman Michelle Enyeart leads the team and the conference in scoring with 16 goals and six assists for the year. Kendra Chandhoke has added nine goals and six assists this season. The Pilots lead the conference in goals per game, averaging 2.89 goals per game. Cori Alexander has a 0.67 GAA and has recorded four solo shutouts. The team has 10 shutouts this season.
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 105-77-26 at LMU. Last season, he recorded his 150th career victory with the win over UC Riverside. His career mark stands at 163-129-30. 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 seven 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 tied for third on the team with eight points. Her biggest goal of the season so far came when she tied the game against USC.
The NCAA Tournament field is announced on Monday, November 6th and the Lions are hoping to hear their name called. The first round of the tournament is on Friday, November 10th.
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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