LMU Congratulates 85 student-athletes who graduated on Saturday.
Seniors Tawni Martino, Jenni Benger, Darien Pyka and Carolyn Dunn were all honored by the NSCAA.
The 2013 LMU women's soccer season came to a close Saturday night as Sullivan Field as the Lions dropped a 1-0 decision to Wells Fargo PCH Cup and WCC rival Pepperdine.
Five LMU women's soccer players earned 2013 West Coast Conference All-Academic Honorable Mention honors, the league office announced Friday.
The LMU women's soccer team closes out the 2013 season on its home Sullivan Field Saturday, hosting WCC and PCH Cup rival Pepperdine in a 6 p.m. tilt. The Lions will honor their 11-member senior class prior to kick off.
Women's Soccer Senior Series: Darien Pyka
Interview with Darien Pyka previewing LMU women's soccer vs. Montana.
Student-Athlete Welcome reception prior to the 2014 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
2013 Women's Soccer Senior Day Ceremony - Nov. 9, 2013
A campaign in support of the Lions Athletic Fund, benefiting the LMU Student-Athlete
Women's Soccer vs. SMU - September 11, 2011 (Photos by Matthew Balentine)
LMU Women's Soccer vs. Rutgers - September 2, 2011 Photos by Matthew Balentine
Darien Pyka concluded her career with the Lions in 2013... made 67 total appearances... logged 4,355 minutes... scored seven goals and added eight assists for 22 career points...
Made 17 starts and appeared in 18 total matches... logged 1,519 minutes...took 13 shots, six on frame... assisted Tawni Martino's game-winning goal against Montana on Aug. 30...
Had a breakout junior campaign, leading the team with four goals, including three game-winners, and three assists for 11 points... one of seven field players to start all 19 matches... showed great efficiency, taking 16 shots, eight on frame... first goal of the season was the game-winner in a 2-0 shutout of UC Irvine (Aug. 24)... also scored the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Houston Baptist (Aug. 26) and in a 4-2 loss to No. 11 Wisconsin (Sept. 2)...final goal was the overtime winner against San Francisco (Oct. 21), netted just 11 seconds into extra time... WCC All-Academic Honorable Mention...
Earned 10 starts and appeared in 17 total matches... scored two goals and added two assist for six points... first goal of the season was in LMU's season-opening, 3-1 win over #18 Texas... also scored in a 2-1 win over Saint Mary's (Oct. 14)... assisted goals in back-to-back games on Aug. 21 (at Texas State) and Aug. 26 (Long Island)... National Scholar-Athlete...
WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll... played in 13 games, all off the bench... scored one goal and had two assists for four points... took seven shots, placing two on target... first career goal was the game-winner against Tennessee-Martin (Sept. 5)... provided assists vs. Pepperdine (Oct. 9) and San Diego (Nov. 5)...
Three-year letterwinner at Canyon High School in Anaheim, Calif., for Coach Walter Camargo... Third Team All-CIF selection as a senior... also was named Second Team All-County and Century League Most Valuable Player in her senior season... two-time First Team All-League, leading CHS to back-to-back league titles and the CIF playoff second round... Second Team All-Orange County... Century League Athlete of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year... three-sport star, winning all-league honors in both cross country and track while progressing to the CIF finals in each sport... named track team MVP in her junior and senior seasons... ran the 400m, 800m, and 1600m races while also competing in discus, shot put, and triple jump... helped cross country team in three league championships... played club soccer for Laguna Hills Eclipse... won Coast Soccer League Cup in 2008... member of Honor Roll and Principal's Roll... graduated magna cum laude... member of National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation...
Darien Taylor Pyka was born on October 31, 1992 in Long Beach, Calif.... parents are John and Diane Pyka... has a sister, Ashley, who throws for the USC track team... also has a younger brother, Austin... last name is pronounced "PIKE-ah"... volunteered at Mercy Homeless Shelter and with Orange Ronald McDonald House... chose LMU over UC Riverside because of the campus and the small class sizes... health and human sciences major...
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