Sept. 2, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - Trailing 4-0 to No. 11 Wisconsin, the LMU women's soccer team made a furious run to climb back in the game, netting a pair of late goals before eventually falling, 4-2, Sunday at Sullivan Field.
The loss snapped a four-game win streak for LMU, which moves to 4-2-0 overall. The 11th-ranked Badgers improved to 4-1-0 on the season.
In the 78th minute, junior Darien Pyka scored her third goal in four games, preventing the Lions from being shutout for the first time this season, and Whitney Sharpe added her first goal of the year eight minutes later.
The two teams played fairly evenly for most of the first half, both struggling to maintain possession into the final third of the field. Wisconsin finally broke through at the 32:48 mark when Monica Lam-Feist collected an LMU defensive mis-clear and slotted a shot into the net from six yards out.
Riding the 1-0 lead, the Badgers picked up the pressure to start the second half. The visitors made it 2-0 at 48:52 when McKenna Meuer sent a long through ball up the middle of the field to Paige Adams. Adams outran LMU's back line and was able to slot a shot past goalkeeper Brittany Jagger.
Less than four minutes later, Meuer got a goal of her own to make it 3-0 Badgers. Kinley NcNicoll and Lindsey Johnson earned assists on the goal. McNicholl made it 4-0 in the 71st minute, one-touching in a cross from Kodee Williams.
Pyka made it 4-1 at the 77:45 mark when she one-touched a Jocelyn Blankenship
cross from the right wing. With just under six minutes remaining, Sharpe cut the deficit to two when she sent a direct free kick from the top left corner of the box into the far post netting.
For the game, LMU earned a 12-9 shot advantage over the Badgers. Jagger had two saves in goal for the Lions while Wisconsin keepers Lauren Gunderson and Olivia Hoff combined for three saves.
LMU returns to action on Friday, Sept. 7, traveling to face No. 1 UCLA. The game, which will air live on the Pac-12 Network, kicks off at 7 p.m.