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LMU Top Highlights of 2017-18 - #10

June 14, 2018

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Top 10 Highlights – Memories, accomplishments, and moments highlighted Loyola Marymount’s 2017-18 school year. As we prepare for more excitement in 2018-19, we’re counting down the Top 10 Moments of this past year.

LOS ANGELES – With three home games remaining on Loyola Marymount’s women’s soccer team, the Lions made the decision to send off their eight graduating seniors on the right note.

Returning to Sullivan Field following 110 minutes of scoreless soccer and earning a tough double-overtime 0-0 draw at BYU, LMU donned their special “Think Pink” warmups for breast cancer awareness and shifted the focus to Saint Mary’s. 

The Lions shed their pregame gear, kicked off the game, and just like that, the goals started coming. And coming. And coming. And coming. And coming. And coming. And coming.

Seven goals were scored before halftime, a program record for most goals in a half and the second-largest scoring output in program history.

Between the 8thminute and the 43rdminute against the Gaels, seven goals found the back of the net, and no two were scored by the same player.

The scoring started with Melissa Lewis in the eighth minute of action. Lewis collected a cross from Skylar Robledo on the far side of the box to give LMU the early lead. 

It took just a few minutes of play before that lead doubled to 2-0 thanks to a mistake on Saint Mary’s back line, resulting in an uncleared ball and an own goal in the 12th minute.

The Gaels suffered from another ball that was not properly cleared in the 27th minute, allowing Sarina Bolden to play the ball to Maddie Medved for another LMU goal.

The freshman pair of Maki Kono and Olivia LaCasto then joined in on the scoring action. The two made it 4-0 and 5-0, respectively, with their first-career collegiate goals. On the first one, Jill Farley played the ball into the box allowing Kono to score from around the penalty kick mark in the 34th minute, then LaCasto followed in the 40th minute with a rebound putback for the score.

Pilar Torres added one just 23 seconds after LaCasto’s goal. Sarah Sanger dribbled into the box and left it for Torres who blasted it past the goalkeeper. 

The game’s final goal came at the 42:51 mark, with LMU working the ball from Emma Tyrnauer to Jill Farley to Sarah Sanger for the goal. 

The Lions preserved the shutout and kept the score line the same to earn the West Coast Conference win. Charlee Pruitt played 68-plus minutes in net and made one save before Lee Erickson replaced her for the final 21:44. Erickson came up with two saves in the second half to preserve the clean sheet.

On September 14, 2007, the Lions scored nine goals against Lamar in a non-conference win. LMU scored a then-record five goals in the second half of that game, before setting the new mark with seven goals in a half on Friday.

LMU held on to preserve the shutout and the win, with Charlee Pruitt and Lee Erickson combining in net for the clean sheet. 

“To get seven goals was incredible,” said Myers.

The Lions went on to win all three of those final home games to end the season with wins over Pacific and Gonzaga to follow.

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