Carrying a 1-0 lead into the final five minutes of play, LMU women’s soccer (4-2-2) allowed a pair of late goals to #12 USC (5-1) before suffering a 2-1 setback from Sullivan Field on Friday night in front of 612 fans.
Despite being peppered with 25 shots over the course of the match, including 10 in the first half, LMU managed to get on the board first when Melissa Lewis connected on a free kick from Shelby Cormier to make it 1-0 LMU in the 66th minute during the second half. Cormier took the free kick a step from midfield and sent a ball into the box where it bounced over two players and landed at the foot of Lewis who beat Kaylie Collins for her first of the year.
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The 1-0 cushion lasted all the way into the 86th minute of the match, but Leah Pruitt finally drew the Trojans even when she took a ball at the top of the 18, spun and fired a shot to the top corner of the goal.
Now carrying the momentum, USC struck again just two minutes later when Erika Okuma took aim at the cage from 35 yards out and perfectly placed her shot out of the reach of Lion keeper Lee Erickson.
Erickson finished the match with six saves as the Lions were outshot 25-7. All seven of LMU’s shots on goal, and each of its three corners, came in the second half, as Collins was forced into two second-half saves.
LMU will return to action on Sunday when it travels to UC Santa Barbara for a match at 5:30 p.m.
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