The Lions will embark on an 11-day trip oversees, giving the squad an opportunity to experience different country's cultures and histories, tour some of the greatest soccer stadiums and facilities in the world and play foreign competition.
The Lions have four competition dates remaining on their 2012 spring schedule.
A familiar face returned to the LMU women's soccer program as former Lion Joslyn (Slovek) Shoop rejoined the Lion coaching staff as an assistant coach at the beginning of the 2009 season. Slovek, a two-time First Team All-West Coast Conference goalkeeper, has assumed goalkeeper coaching duties as well as assisting in all other areas of the program.
Shoop was one of the best goalkeepers to ever come through LMU and holds the top-two single-season goals-against-averages in program history. A three-year starter, Shoop made 64 appearances in the LMU uniform, finishing her career with a 0.89 GAA, 30 wins, and 28 shutouts, all three of which rank second on the career charts. In her first season as a starter, 2005, Shoop recorded eight shutouts with a 1.27 GAA. The next year, she helped lead the Lions to their second-ever postseason appearance, registering 84 saves, 8.5 shutouts, and a new school-record GAA of 0.70. Her performances earned her the WCC Defender of the Year award as well as first team All-WCC honors. In January 2007, she was invited to the US Under-21 National Team training camp. Back at school in 2007, she capped her career by tying the school record with 12 victories, 10 via shutout, adding 71 saves and a 0.72 GAA, and was again a First Team All-Conference selection while serving as team co-captain.
Shoop was just as impressive off the field as she was on it. A Dean's List student each of her four years, Shoop was the 2007 LMU Scholar Athlete of the Year and was twice named to the WCC All-Academic Team. She was also selected to the NSCAA Scholar All-West Region Team in each of her last two seasons and was chosen for the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Third Team as a senior. She graduated in 2008 with a degree in business administration and will complete her masters in education in the fall of 2011.
After graduation, Shoop played in the W-League for the Ventura County Fusion and was invited to the Women's Professional Soccer combine in January 2009. She was selected to attend training camp for the Bay Area's FC Gold Pride, gaining a roster spot for the team's May 24th game against the L.A. Sol. In 2009, she led Pali Blues to an undefeated 9-0-3 season and the W-League title.
Shoop holds a national C coaching license. She recently worked as the girls' goalkeeper coach for the Cal South ODP program.