LMUat100: Women's Soccer: The First Intercollegiate Season
A Look Back: Women's soccer finds success in inaugural season.
Sept. 29, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- Loyola Marymount University celebrates its Centennial in 2011-12, and LMU Athletics will be honoring 100 years of history all season. Each of LMU's NCAA Division I programs will be hosting a Centennial Game to honor LMUat100, which included more than 900 fans at the Sept. 10 men's water polo game against Pepperdine in the Wells Fargo PCH Cup. Up next is the women's volleyball match against conference newcomer BYU on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m., followed by women's soccer hosting Gonzaga on Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. As we approach the match, LMULions.com will take a look back at some of the memorable moments from women's soccer history. Today's look back features the 1993 season - the inaugural intercollegiate season for the Lions.
In 1993, the current members of the LMU women's soccer team were, on average, two-three years old. The toddlers were, perhaps, kicking a soccer ball for the first time. The were, for certain, years from their first organized soccer game, years from realizing their soccer careers could continue in college and years from considering bringing their skills to LMU.
Meanwhile, 1993 also marked the first year of intercollegiate competition for women's soccer at LMU. Eighteen years later, we look back at that first year for the Lions' program, the accomplishments they made and the records that still stand today.
The Lions had been competing as a club team for years, but in February of 1993, then LMU Athletic Director Brian Quinn announced the upgrade of the program to intercollegiate status. The following fall, the squad would begin competition in the West Coast Conference, which had just began sponsorship of women's soccer the previous season. LMU would join current WCC members Gonzaga, Portland, Saint Mary's, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara, and begin offering athletic scholarships.
Peter Novakovic, who had coached the men's and women's programs since 1989, continued on with both programs, leading the women through that inaugural season.
The 1993 squad, featuring 12 newcomers and seven returners from the 1992 club team, went 6-13 overall and 1-5 in WCC play. They earned a 2-1 win over USC in their very first intercollegiate contest and went on to beat the Trojans a second time, 3-0, two games later. The Lions also claimed wins over Cal State Fullerton, 2-1 and 4-2 (ot), and Gonzaga, 5-2 and 5-0.
Four players were selected to the All-WCC teams, led by second team selection Cindy Carullo. Earning honorable mention honors were Trisha Abe, Kristen Keyler and Judey Petix.
Carullo set three single-game records and two single-season records during the 1993 season, her rookie campaign. Her hat trick scored on Nov. 2 against Gonzaga remains tied for the LMU record of more goals in a game. She also holds sole possession of the LMU single-game records for points (7) and is tied for the single-game assist record (3). Her 10 goals scored and 28 total points achieved in 1993 also remain LMU's all-time top marks.
Additional records set in 1993 that still stand in 2011 include Kerry Yarak's 16 saves on Oct. 4 against Portland, the team's 32 shots faced on Oct. 29 against Saint Mary's, 35 single-season assists and 119 single-season saves.
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