Lions Cruise To 2-0 Win Over CS Northridge In Season Opener
Senior goalkeeper Kelly Yukihiro collects her first shutout of the season.
Aug. 29, 2003
Los Angeles, Calif., - Friday, Aug. 29, 2003 - The Loyola Marymount University women's soccer team cruised to a 2-0 win over Cal State Northridge in its season opening game at Sullivan Field on Friday afternoon. Lion senior Shari Nishikawa scored the game-winning goal against the Matadors.
The Lions improve to 1-0-0 on the season with the win while the Matadors fall to 0-1-0 with the loss.
Nishikawa put LMU on the board early (5:47) when she collected a deflected ball off a Matador defender and blasted a shot past CSUN goalkeeper Jen Jasper. The goal was Nishikawa's only shot of the afternoon. With less than three minutes remaining in the first half the Lions struck again. Junior Kylie Beren found the ball in a crowd of Matador defenders and beat Jasper for LMU's second goal of the game. Senior Haleigh Roach and freshman Tana Smothermon each collected assists on the play.
CSUN's best chance to get on the board came in the second half. Ashley Augenstein took a hard shot from the right side that would have made it into the left corner of the goal if not for the outstretched arms of Lion goalkeeper Kelly Yukihiro. Yukihiro's made the fingertip save, one of only two saves on the day. Yukihiro improved her record to 1-0-0 and collected the shutout while CSUN's Jasper drops her record to 0-1-0.
The Lions return to action for their first road game of the year this Sunday, Aug. 31. LMU travels to San Luis Obispo, Calif. to take on the Cal Poly Mustangs at 1 p.m. on Mustang Stadium.
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