Sept. 18, 2007
LMU (2-3-1) at Cal State Fullerton (3-2-1)
Thursday, September 20 7 p.m.
Titan Stadium, Fullerton, CA
LMU (2-3-1) vs. Fresno State (3-2-0)
Sunday, September 23 11 a.m.
Coming off an impressive set of performances at the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Classic last weekend, LMU looks to extend its two-game winning streak with a pair of matches this week. First up is an eagerly-anticipated rematch of last season's NCAA First Round affair between the Lions and Cal State Fullerton. The Titans won that meeting so LMU will be hot to avenge that defeat at 7 p.m. Thursday in Fullerton. Then, it's back to Sullivan Field for the first match of a five-game home stand with Fresno State coming to town on Sunday at 11 a.m.
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About Cal State Fullerton (3-2-1)
Cal State Fullerton has won three in a row following last week's victories over California and Oklahoma. The win streak started September 9 with a 3-1 win at Washington and continued Friday at home as Kristen Boujos scored two minutes into the second overtime to down 14th-ranked Cal 2-1. After a scoreless first half on Sunday against the Sooners, Lauren Cram struck twice to lift the Titans to a 2-0 victory. Demian Brown is in his first season as head coach at Cal State Fullerton after three years as the team's top assistant coach. Last year, the Titans went 12-8-2, finishing third in the Big West with a 4-2-1 mark. CSUF won the conference's tournament title to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. They reached the second round, falling to UCLA 3-1. They return 13 letterwinners and eight starters. Last season's NCAA First Round encounter was just the latest in a long line of close matches between the Lions and Titans. Fullerton won that match 3-0 for its third straight victory over LMU to pull ahead in the all-time series 6-5-1. The teams are locked at two wins apiece when playing at Titan Stadium.
About Fresno state (3-1-0)
Fresno State is on a two-game winning streak after wins at Northern Colorado and Wyoming last week. At UNC on Friday, Chelsea Davis and Amanda Reyes scored in the first half to give the Bulldogs a comfortable lead and Ali Sill rounded out the scoring in the second half for a 3-0 victory. On Sunday, Nicole Gutierrez's third minute goal stood up for the remainder of the game as the FSU defense held strong in a 1-0 win. Head Coach Steve Springthorpe has put together a record of 31-26-9 over four seasons in Fresno. The Bulldogs went 13-5-3 in 2006, winning the Western Athletic Conference title with a 6-0-1 record. They advanced to the WAC Tournament championship game before losing to Nevada in a penalty shootout. This will be the first meeting between the Lions and Bulldogs since 1998, which finished in a 0-0 tie. Each team has a victory in the series, which stands at 1-1-1.
Last Week Recap
After going win-less and scoreless over the season's first four matches, the floodgates opened last weekend when LMU returned home for the Four Points Sheraton Culver City Classic. Perhaps the familiarity of their home tournament spurred the Lions but by the time the weekend was over, there was no more talk of an inability to score goals. LMU went 2-0 in the tournament, out-scoring its opponents 12-0, as senior GK Joslyn Slovek was named the Defensive MVP while senior Katie Osborne, sophomore Leslie Grandy, and freshman Gabby Parisella earned all-tournament honors. The weekend started with a 9-0 rout of Lamar, a team in its first season of existence. Senior Jamie Bell got LMU on the scoreboard first and the Lions got a pair of goals each from Osborne and junior Lauren Shanklin, who also added an assist. Freshman Lily Sorentino supplied a goal and an assist, junior Shannon Omahen scored, and Parisella and sophomore Jill Sweetnam each recorded their first career goals. With a share of the tournament title on the line, LMU put together its best all-around performance of the season on Sunday in a 3-0 win over Michigan. A goalless first half gave way to the Lions' second half barrage, with Parisella, Grandy, and sophomore Lacey Bartels all getting on the scoresheet. Slovek was excellent in goal, tying her season high with seven saves for her second straight shutout and third of the season.
It's Tourney Time!
LMU concluded its early season tournament schedule with a respectable 2-1-1 record. Over the past five years, the Lions have had great success in these early season tournaments, going 12-2-4, and are 21-9-6 all-time in regular season tournaments. The Lions are even better at their home tourney, winning all 10 matches and out-scoring opponents 24-1.
Records Fall Against Lamar
LMU's 9-0 victory over Lamar knocked off several team and tournament single-game records. The nine goals by one team and (technically) both teams set a new LMU Classic record, as did LMU's 36 shots. All three of those are also new LMU team records, as are the nine assists and the five goals scored in the second half.
What a Difference a Day Makes
Entering Friday's match against Lamar, LMU had yet to score a goal 398 minutes of play in 2007 and over 600 minutes dating back to last season. Still, fans knew that all the Lions needed was one breakthrough and the goals will start falling. By the end of the day Friday, seven different players had found the back of the net and nine goals were on the LMU ledger.
What a Difference a Week Makes
Through the games of September 9, LMU was wallowing at the bottom of most West Coast Conference team offensive statistical categories. The Lions were last in goals scored, assists, points, and shots. Now, just seven days later, LMU is tied for first in assists (10) and points (34), and is second in goals (12) and goals per game (2.00).
"S" for Slovek... and Shutouts
Senior Joslyn Slovek continues to prove herself to be one of the top goalkeepers on the West Coast, if not in the nation. Slovek recorded two straight shutouts last week and has three in her six games this season for 21.5 in her career, second on the LMU all-time list. Slovek also has raised her career saves total to 227, tying her with Tracy Sharp (1997-2000) for second all-time at LMU, 53 saves behind Celeste Adams but in 16 fewer matches than Sharp and 11 fewer than Adams. Slovek also lowered her GAA this season to 0.64, third in the WCC, and her career average of 0.92 is barely behind Sharp's school record of 0.88.
I Love Parisella in the Fall
Freshman Gabby Parisella made her impact felt during the LMU Classic, scoring a goal in each game, supplying an assist, and earning the team a penalty. Against Lamar, Parisella set up Shannon Omahen for the game's second goal and then added her name to the scoresheet with her first career strike in the 68th minute. Against Michigan, she started the second half and put LMU on the board by sliding in at the back post for her second goal in as many games. Seven minutes later, she was fouled in the box to gain the Lions a penalty and their second goal and send them on the way to victory. Parisella has yet to start a match but is tied for the team lead with five points on just seven shots.
Send in the Bench!
One of LMU's strengths coming into the season was its depth and the bench certainly proved that to be true with eight of the 12 goals over the weekend coming from non-starters. Parisella and junior Lauren Shanklin are tied atop the team's scoring charts with five points each despite neither starting a game. Looking down the chart, five of the nine players with goals have started one or fewer matches.
Don't Forget About Us!
Not to be overlooked is the play of LMU's senior starting forwards, Jamie Bell and Katie Osborne. The pair had become a bit frustrated in the season's first four games but their efforts were rewarded as they walk out of the weekend back on track. Bell scored LMU's first goal of the season against Lamar and added assists in each game to give her 26 points for her career, the most among active Lions. Osborne also got herself going with a pair of goals against Lamar, giving her nine for her career, same as Bell.
How Sweet It Is
Sophomore Jill Sweetnam marked her season debut in style, scoring her first career goal against Lamar. Sweetnam had seen limited action in two games as a freshman and had yet to play in 2007 before entering the match in the second half. Less than 22 minutes later, she had added her name to the scoresheet and capped LMU's record day. With one goal in 22 minutes, Sweetnam is LMU's most efficient goal-scorer in terms of goals per minutes played, slightly ahead of Shanklin's two goals in 63 minutes (31.5 min/goal).
Defenders of the Turf
When you start the season 0-3-1, one tends to not give the defense much credit. That's not the case for the Lions, whose defense has been stellar in the early going. Discounting a 3-0 loss to Maryland (which was really not as bad as the scoreline suggests), the Lions have allowed just two goals in five games, spanning 471:28. That equates to a goals-against-average of 0.38. The secret to the defense's strength has been its veteran leadership. Although three of the defenders are sophomores (Kim Feeney, Leslie Grandy, and Tiffany Harrison, along with junior Amanda Lernor and senior Brandi Young), all have starting experience from last year. This season, Grandy, Feeney, and Harrison lead the non-goalkeepers in minutes played and have contributed to the unit having three shutouts under its belt.
Two Named to Hoosier All-tourney Team
LMU's defense was solid in Indiana and was rewarded as sophomore defenders Tiffany Harrison and Kim Feeney were placed on the All-Tournament team. It is the first All-Tournament award for each but not the first accolades for the pair, who were both on the WCC and Soccerbuzz.com Regional All-Freshman Teams.