Aug. 24, 2012
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IRVINE, Calif. - The LMU women's soccer team tallied its first shutout of the young 2012 season, earning a 2-0 win over UC Irvine Friday night at Anteater Stadium.
The Lions improve to 2-1-0 with just their second all-time win on UC Irvine's home turf, while the Anteaters remain winless on the season, dropping to 0-3-0.
"We had great team effort tonight," said head coach Michelle Myers. "We came out and played very well against a very talented UC Irvine team. Defensively we're getting better with every game and that showed tonight against two of the premier forwards in the region."
LMU got off to a hot start offensively, holding a 3-0 shot advantage in the first 15 minutes of play. The finally broke through at the 19:50 mark when Darien Pyka scored her first goal of the season off an assist by freshman Jocelyn Blankenship. Pyka collected a through ball from Blankenship and slotted a shot past Anteater goalkeeper Jennifer Randazzo.
"Darien had been held out of practice all week due to injury, but knowing the warrior that she is, she was released to play and really got it done tonight," Myers said of the junior. "She really committed herself to making that run upfield and getting on the end of that ball from Jo Blankenship."
Eleven minutes later the rookie make it 2-0 LMU with a long shot from the top of the box that she buried into the upper right corner of the net.
Despite facing 12 second-half shots from the Anteaters, the Lions' defense held strong, keeping the Anteaters scoreless for the first time this season.
In goal, junior Brittany Jagger made three saves in her 16th career shutout.
The Lions bring their two-game win streak home to Sullivan Field on Sunday, Aug 26, hosting Houston Baptist in a noon kick-off.