Lions Begin Conference and Celebrate LMU's 100th Anniversary

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The Lions traveled to USF on Friday night to open conference play. Above is a picture of the team doing some sight seeing at the Golden Gate Bridge. Unfortunately, a late second half push, capped by sophomore defender Etajha Gilmer, left the LMU women's soccer team just short in it's conference opener in a 2-1 final score. LMU found itself down 1-0 just four minutes into play. The Lions controlled the game outshooting the Dons 7-3 in the first half and 16-9 in the entire game. Going into the second half down 1-0, the Dons extended their lead to 2-0. The Lions continued to fight and Gilmer was able to send a ball in the back of the net off of Linda Bakker's corner kick with 5 minutes remaining in the game. LMU was able to get two more shots off before the final whistle. Bakker's shot went high and Brianne Medved's shot went right over the crossbar. This was a tough loss on the road for the Lions. They were eager to get back home to face the Gonzaga Bulldogs for their 100th Anniversary Centennial Match.

Above is a photo of the Lions before their conference home opener against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. LMU athletics is celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year and has designated a game for each sport to represent the celebration match. This past Sunday was the women's soccer team's Centennial Match. In LMU's third overtime game of the season, The Lions and Bulldogs battled to a 0-0 tie in 120 minutes of play. LMU moved to 6-5-2 on the season and 0-1-1 in WCC play, picking up their first conference point with the draw. Even though LMU lead the shot count again in this match 9-4, they were unable to capitalize on a goal. LMU goal keeper Brittany Jagger only had to make one save in the game.

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This Sunday's centennial celebration game lead me to reflect on the many ways the LMU athletic program is so special.  The LMU athletic teams have always been very supportive of each other. At every LMU sporting event you can see student athletes from different teams in the stands cheering on their fellow Lions. On Sunday, the women's water polo team went above and beyond to support the LMU women's soccer team. The women's water polo team made cookies with each girl's number on them along with goodie bags put in each player's locker. They also put up inspirational notes and quotes around the locker room. Above is a picture of one of the notes they put up. Thank you women's water polo for your support!


The Lions will travel to St Mary's this Friday, October 14th and will play at 4pm. They will return home this Sunday, October 16th at 12 pm against their cross-town rival Pepperdine Waves. We hope to see you there!



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