Nov. 6, 2007
LMU (12-5-1, 4-2-0 WCC) at #3 Portland (14-3-0, 6-0-0 WCC)Saturday, November 10 7:00 p.m.Merlo Field Portland, OR
Riding a three-game winning streak, LMU brings its regular season schedule to an end this Saturday at #3 Portland in a match that could have NCAA Tournament implications. The Lions have won 12 of their last 14 to put themselves in the hunt for their second straight postseason berth but a victory against the Pilots would go far in the minds of the selection committee. Portland has already wrapped up its ninth West Coast Conference crown but will be looking to end the season on a high note on its senior day.
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About Portland (14-3-0, 6-0-0 WCC) National Rankings: #3 (Soccerbuzz, NSCAA), #4 (Soccertimes)
Portland is on an eight-match winning streak, having outscored opponents 22-1 in the stretch with seven shutouts. On Sunday at Pepperdine, the Pilots secured their ninth WCC championship with a 2-0 victory. Michelle Enyeart opened the scoring in the second minute on a breakaway and Angie Woznuk put the game out of reach five minutes from time. Keelin Winters picked up assists on both goals to earn WCC Player of the Week honors. Kelsey Davis made two saves in the shutout.Enyeart paces the Pilot attack with 25 points on seven goals and 11 assists. Woznuk is second with 21 points (seven goals, seven assists), while Kendra Chandhoke has a team-high eight goals. Davis has a 0.40 goals-against-average with seven shutouts. She has yet to concede a goal in WCC play, posting four clean sheets.Head Coach Garrett Smith is in his fifth season in Portland, compiling a record of 92-14-7, including four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2005 National Championship. Last year, the Pilots went 17-4-3 overall, advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals. They were 4-1-2 in conference play, finishing second. They return 14 letterwinners and nine starters.LMU's 0-0 tie against Portland at home last season snapped a 13-game losing streak to UP, who holds a 13-0-1 mark against the Lions. Two of the last three meetings have gone into overtime.
Last Week Recap
Senior Day belonged to LMU as Jamie Bell scored the game-winner in the 67th minute and Joslyn Slovek recorded her 10th shutout of the season in the Lions' 1-0 victory over Gonzaga Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Field. The Lions close out their home schedule having won ten in a row at Sullivan Field and on a three-match winning streak overall.Prior to the kick-off against the Bulldogs, LMU honored its four departing seniors: Bell, Slovek, Brandi Young, and Katie Osborne. The quarter has been instrumental in lifting LMU to a conference power and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006. On this, their final home game, it was only fitting that two of the seniors would play leading roles in the Lions' triumph. Needing a lift to break a scoreless tie, LMU turned to Bell, who set a new career high with her team-leading eighth goal of the season in the 67th minute. Six of Bell's goals in 2007 have given the Lions the lead and Saturday's was her fourth game-winner of the year. This might have been the easiest finish she has had, as excellent play from freshman Gabrielle Parisella down the right sideline led to her cross, which cleared everyone in the box and was settled by Bell inside the six yard box. All Bell had left was to poke the ball past Gonzaga goalkeeper Lauren Ames.In the LMU goal, Slovek made three saves to record her 10th shutout of the season, extending her career-high this year. In addition, Slovek became the school's all-time leader in minutes played, passing Tracy Sharp's mark of 5,751.
WCC Standings in Flux in Final Week
Entering the final game of the season, LMU sits in third place in the WCC standings on 12 points. The Lions cannot catch either of the teams in front of them, Portland (18 points) or San Diego (16 points), but needs at least a draw to stay ahead of Santa Clara (nine points). Should the Lions hold their place in third, it will be the program's highest finish since placing second in 2000, and their second-highest WCC finish ever.
Mallia One Shy of Century
LMU's victory against San Francisco was the 99th career win for Head Coach Joe Mallia. Eighty-seven of Mallia's wins came at Loyola College (Md.), with the last 12 here at LMU. With one regular season match left, Mallia can reach the century mark in 2007.Home Sweet HomeAfter dropping its first home match of the season, LMU rattled off ten straight victories at Sullivan Field, shattering the school record of three held on many occasions. It's not just that they have been winning, it's also how as the Lions have outscored visitors 29-2 and have only trailed once. Eight of the ten victories have been via shutout and only one (the 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.
Winning Season Secured
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.This marks the second consecutive year that they have double-digit wins and the fourth time in the past six seasons. The 12 victories thus far ties for the second-most in school history, alongside the 1998 and 2000 squads. The school record of 13 wins was set in 1999.
One Streak Ends, Another Continues
Although LMU's school-record nine-game 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 14 games, tying the record set over two seasons from 1998-99. This year's streak breaks the single-season record of 13 games set in 1997. LMU 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 team is 10-2-0 this year when scoring first and 3-2-0 when leading at halftime.
Goals, Goals, Goals
Through 18 games, LMU has scored 34 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
Senior Jamie Bell has not stopped scoring; her game-winning goal against Gonzaga was her team-leading eighth of the season, breaking her career-high of seven set last year. With her three assists on the season, she also has a new career-high with 19 points. She is tied for second in the WCC in goals and tied for fourth in points.It's not just that she's scoring goals, it's the timing of them. Four of Bell's eight goals have been game-winners and she would have had a fifth GWG if not for Idaho's late consolation goal. Six of the eight have given LMU the lead and one has pulled them level. She leads the WCC in GWG.Bell has 16 career goals, tying her for fourth on the LMU all-time list. Her 41 points tie for fifth.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 nine shutouts in her last 15 matches and has ten overall in 2007, setting a new career high and tying for the conference lead. Her goals-against-average this season is a paltry 0.65, fourth in the WCC, while her 62 saves rank her sixth. Slovek is currently ranked 28th in the nation in GAA and 53rd in save percentage (0.838).Slovek has planted herself firmly in the LMU career record books. Her 28.5 career shutouts and 257 career saves rank her second on the LMU career charts while she became the school's all-time leader in minutes played against Gonzaga, now at 5,873 minutes played all rank second on the LMU all-time lists. She needs 29 saves to tie Celeste Adams' record. She is also closing in on Tracy Sharp's career goals-against-average record of 0.88. Slovek is currently at 0.87.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.On November 1, Slovek was selected as one of three Lions to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Third Team. She was joined by Katie Osborne and sophomore Kim Feeney.
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 versus 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.On November 1, Osborne was selected as one of three Lions to the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Third Team. She was joined by senior Joslyn Slovek and sophomore Kim Feeney.
Freshmen Chip In
Freshmen Lily Sorentino and Gabby Parisella have provided fine support for the seniors, with each tied for third on the team in points with 10. Sorentino has a team-high six assists and Parisella is second on four. Sorentino's six assists leads the team and is tied for the fourth-highest single-season total in LMU history.