Aug. 26, 2012
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LOS ANGELES< Calif. - Behind goals by freshman Madison Heilmann and Darien Pyka, the LMU women's soccer team earned it's third consecutive victory Sunday, clinching a 2-1 final against Houston Baptist at Sullivan Field.
The Lions, now 3-1-0 overall, dominated the flow of play for nearly the entire balance of the game, finishing with a 14-7 shot advantage.
While the timing was slightly less dramatic this time around, Heilmann's goal nine minutes into play was strikingly similar to her overtime game-winner against Cal State Fullerton exactly one week ago. Hovering 20 yards outside the box, straightaway center, the rookie collected a ball cleared out of the Huskies box and drove it back into the upper netting, above the reach of keeper Shelby Horn.
The Lions continued to press Houston Baptists' back line, including a team-high five shots by junior Tawni Martino. LMU finally came through with an insurance goal at the 79:15 mark, courtesy of Pyka. The junior took a pass from Amanda Dudley near the top left corner of the box and sent a low, left-footed shot into the far post for a 2-0 LMU lead. The goal was the second in as many games for Pyka, who scored the game-winner Friday night at UC Irvine.
Houston Baptist spoiled LMU's chances at a second straight shutout when Arielle Rodriguez headed in a free kick pass from Cindy Hedden. But with less than two minutes remaining, it was too little, too late as the Lions have now won three of their first four games for the third consecutive season.
LMU goalkeeper Brittany Jagger
made three saves in her third win of the season, pushing her career total to 19, which ranks fifth all-time Lion history.
The Lions are back in action Friday, Aug. 31, traveling to face Cal State Bakersfield in a 7 p.m. kick-off. They return to Sullivan Field Sunday, Sept. 2 to host Wisconsin.