Nov. 8, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Junior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek was named the WCC's Defender of the Year after an outstanding season that saw her record five shutouts in seven conference games. She earned first team All-WCC honors as well after recording a 0.38 goals against average in WCC games. Defender Whitney Temple and forward Jamie Bell were second team selections, and Tana Smothermon and Kim Feeney picked up honorable mention honors. Tiffany Harrison joined Feeney on the WCC's All-Freshman team.
Slovek was outstanding in goal this season, recording eight shutouts for the season and had a conference-low goals against average of 0.58 overall. The Scottsdale, AZ native lowered her GAA to 0.38 in WCC games, stopping 93% of shots on goal. She recorded five shutouts and allowed just three goals in seven conference games. She was named the WCC Player of the Week and to the Soccer Buzz Team of the Week for the second time after making 12 stops against Portland, who had only been shut out once this season (by #1 North Carolina). Slovek made eight saves in a shutout of Gonzaga, and six saves in a shutout of Pepperdine. Her GAA of 0.58 is 22nd in the country, and her save percentage of 0.875 is 14th. Slovek was also named to the WCC's first team, her first career conference honor. The junior is the second LMU player to be named the Defensive Player of the Year. Goalkeeper Tracy Sharp earned the award in 1998 after recording 12.5 shutouts and a 0.60 GAA.
Bell led the team in scoring, finishing with seven goals and two assists. She was one of the WCC's most dangerous players, and drew defensive attention against every team she faced. Bell had several important goals, including the game-winner with less than a minute remaining in double overtime against Oklahoma State. She also tied the game against Santa Clara just minutes after the Broncos took an early lead. She assisted on the game-winner of LMU's 1-0 win over Gonzaga. It is the first All-Conference selection for the junior from Monrovia, CA.
Temple was one of the anchor's of LMU's defense, helping the Lions to a team goals against average of 0.563 (18th in the country). In addition, Temple contributed on offense, scoring a huge goal and assisting on two others. Her only goal of the season was the game-winner against USC that vaulted the Lions into the national rankings for the first time since 2003. Temple earned honorable mention honors a year ago.
Feeney paired with Temple in the middle of the Lion defense to shut down opposing offenses. She had an outstanding freshman season, playing every minute of every game. The San Ramon, CA, native was a third team All-Freshman selection by Top Drawer Soccer, and also earned WCC All-Freshman team honors.
Smothermon earned honorable mention honors after great senior season. She finished the regular season with three goals and two assists. Her most memorable goal of WCC action came with less than a minute to play against San Francisco when she rifled a 42 foot shot to hand the Lions the 1-0 victory. She earned Soccer Buzz Team of the Week honors following that performance. She also assisted on a goal against San Diego. She also scored the game-winner in LMU's 2-1 win over Oregon early in the season.
Harrison earned All-Freshman team honors after an outstanding first year with the Lions. She started all 18 games as a defensive midfielder, and also contributed on offense. She scored LMU's first goal of the season against San Jose State, and added a goal against Oakland. She assisted on LMU's game-tying goal against Santa Clara.
The Lions earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament after finishing 10-2-6 in the regular season, and will face Cal State Fullerton in the first round on Friday night at 8:00pm at UCLA's Drake Stadium.
- GO LIONS! -