Dec. 13, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Four Lions were recognized when Soccer Buzz Magazine announced its West Region honors this week. Whitney Temple was a third team selection, while Kim Feeney and Tiffany Harrison were named to the All-Freshman team. Head Coach Gregg Murphy was a runner-up for West Region Coach of the Year after leading LMU to a 10-3-6 record and a berth into the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history.
Temple was one of the anchor's of LMU's defense, helping the Lions to a team goals against average of 0.681 (26th 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 was a second team All-WCC selection.
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 Honorable Mention and All-Freshman team honors.
Harrison earned WCC All-Freshman team honors after an outstanding first year with the Lions. She started all 19 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.
Murphy was a runner-up for the West Region Coach of the Year award. The Lions had an outstanding turnaround in 2006, finishing with a 10-3-6 record overall and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history. LMU finished fourth in the challenging West Coast Conference, earning a 2-1-4 record against conference opponents. The Lions picked up big wins against NCAA Tournament teams Oklahoma State, USC and Oakland, and tied WCC foes Portland, Santa Clara and Pepperdine. Oregon's Tara Erickson was named the West Region Coach of the Year, despite LMU defeating the Ducks, 2-1.
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