LOS ANGELES – Even with a new goalkeeper behind them, the Loyola Marymount women’s soccer team pitched its third shutout of the 2017 season. The Lions (4-1-2) scored on Long Beach State (4-3-1) twice in the second half to give redshirt freshman Lee Erickson her first career victory, 2-0.
“It was a game-time decision and Lee had to wait,” said Head Coach Michelle Myers.
“But we told her we were confident in her and we knew that when her time comes to be ready. She stepped in and earned a shutout and made some high saves.”
— LMULions (@LMULions) September 10, 2017
All three of Erickson’s saves came in the first half to keep the game scoreless after 45 minutes. The 49ers outshot LMU 8-2 in the first half, but the Lions closed the gap after the break.
With the game opening up, and both teams looking to put one more away, LMU provided the big response. A pair of substitutes, Emily Carman and Phoebe Riley synced up go give the Lions the extra goal they were looking for. Off a counter-attack, Carman received the ball around the midfield line and promptly played it to open space knowing that her teammate was making the run. Riley collected the ball on the breakaway and faced the LBSU goalkeeper head-on, before slotting it past her into the back of the net.
— LMU Women's Soccer (@lmuwsoc) September 10, 2017
“Before the game, we talked about really needing to score on a set piece, and we did get capitalize on that,” said Myers. “Then Phoebe was being patient and took advantage of her chance to get on the field and she stepped up and got it done.”
The win is LMU’s sixth-straight win or draw since its opening night loss. The six-game Sullivan Field homestand comes to an end Friday with defending National Champions, USC, coming to The Bluff.
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