Aug. 17, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - Senior Cori McGovern got the Lions off on the right foot with a first-half goal, but visiting Cal Poly responded with a trio of scores in the second half, sending LMU's women's soccer team to a 3-1 loss in both teams' season-opener Friday at Sullivan Field.
The Lions came out strong and pressing forward before breaking through in the 21st minute. Freshman Madison Heilmann, one of two rookies in the starting lineup, sent a ball from the left wing to the top of the box. In stride on her run up the center of the field, McGovern one touched a low shot past the reach of Mustang keeper Alyssa Giannetti for a 1-0 LMU lead.
The tide turned in favor of the Mustangs in the second half as they scored a trio of goals in a 15-minutes span. Cristina Farrington netted the equalizer in the 55th minute, slotting a six-yard shot past a diving Brittany Jagger off a pass from Kacey Held.
Just minutes later, Jess Duller made it 2-1 Cal Poly when her long shot from just outside the box deflected off an LMU defender and into the back of the net. Elise Kreighoff scored the insurance goal for the Mustangs, drilling a 30-yard, right-footed shot into the far post netting. Julie McKee earned an assist on the goal.
LMU edged the Mustangs in shots taken, 14-11, forcing Giannetti to come up with nine big saves. Jagger had three saves on the day.
The Lions face a second consecutive Big West member when they return to the field Sunday, hosting Cal State Fullerton. Kick off at Sullivan Field is 1 p.m.