Aug. 31, 2012
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A pair of first-half goals were all it took as the LMU women's soccer team extended their current win streak to four straight in a 2-0 shutout of CSU Bakersfield Friday night.
The Lions move to 4-1-0 on the season while the Roadrunners fall to 1-4-0 overall.
"Overall, we had another good team effort," said head coach Michelle Myers. "Our defense had another very good game. (CSUB) didn't have a ton of shots but they had some dangerous free kicks towards the end and our back line did a good job all game of keeping them in check."
Brianne Medved put the Lions on the board in the 11th minute, converting a penalty kick after a CSUB defender was called for a foul tackling Tawni Martino from behind. It was the second goal of the season for Medved, and her first game-winner of the year.
Martino, who has led the Lions in scoring for the past two seasons, tallied her first goal of 2012 just four minutes later, giving LMU a 2-0 cushion. Collecting a through pass from Darien Pyka, Martino settled the ball near the edge of the box, then beat the CSUB keeper with a shot into the left corner of the net.
"We're excited for Tawni," said Myers. "She had five shots in our last game and four today, and we told her if she keeps that up and it's going to come, and it did tonight."
The LMU defense allowed just one Roadrunner shot attempt in the first half and held the home team to just four shots for the balance of the game, earning their second shutout of the season.
In goal, Brittany Jagger
made two saves in her 17th career shutout. With 20 career victories, the redshirt junior is now also just one win away from moving into a tie for third in career wins at LMU.
Taking advantage of the early lead, the Lions were able to empty their bench in the second half, giving quality minutes to a handful of players on the young squad.
The task will get tougher Sunday when the Lions return home to host No. 11 Wisconsin, which will enter the match at 3-1 after a 2-0 loss at No. 1 UCLA on Friday. Kick off at Sullivan Field is scheduled for noon.