Lions Fall Just Short of Upset Bid Against No. 2 UCLA
The LMU women's soccer team entered Saturday's game against No. 2 UCLA in the hunt for its first ever win over a top-five opponent. A goal by Tawni Martino in the 59th minute put the Lions on track, but the Bruins responded with a trio of scores as LMU fell 3-1 at Sullivan Field.
Sept. 17, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's soccer team entered Saturday's game against No. 2 UCLA in the hunt for its first ever win over a top-five opponent. A goal by Tawni Martino in the 59th minute put the Lions on track, but the Bruins responded with a trio of scores as LMU fell 3-1 at Sullivan Field.
Following a scoreless first half for both sides, the Lions came out firing to start the second half with five shots in the opening 10 minutes, forcing three saves by UCLA goalkeeper Chante' Sandiford.
LMU's sixth shot of the half finally did the trick as the Lions took a 1-0 advantage. Linda Bakker worked the ball up the middle of the field, then sent a diagonal pass to Martino near the top left corner of the box. Martino controlled the ball, then launched a left-footed shot over the head of Sandiford and into the far post netting.
Eight minute later, the Bruins knotted the score, 1-1, when Chelsea Cline's corner kick found Sam Mewis on the back post. Mewis used her head to redirect the ball into the net for the equalizer.
At the 75:27 mark, UCLA's Kylie McCarthy netted the eventual game-winner, receiving a through ball up the middle of the field, beating an LMU defender and sending a low shot out of the reach of goalkeeper Brittany Jagger. Sydney Leroux earned the assist on the goal.
Mewis added an insurance goal less than three minutes later, following her own shot that was blocked by Jagger and tapping the rebound back into the net.
The Lions fell for just the second time this season, dropping to 6-2-1- overall. UCLA remains unbeaten on the year, improving to 7-0-1.
The sophomore Jagger had a record-setting outing for LMU, making a career-high 13 saves. The Lions' single-game record is 16, set by Kerry Yarak versus Portland in 1993.
The Lions conclude their current three-game homestand on Sept. 23, hosting Cal State Northridge at Sullivan Field. Just two games (CSUN and UNLV) remain on the LMU schedule before WCC action gets underway Oct. 7.