Martino Strikes Again to Take Down Arizona, 2-0

Sept. 24, 2010

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Post-game interviews with Brittany Jagger and Joe Mallia.

LOS ANGELES - Freshman Tawni Martino had a goal and an assist to help LMU to its seventh win in the last eight games, 2-0 over visiting Arizona on Friday afternoon at Sullivan Field. Martino found the net for the sixth time in nine games this season for the Lions (7-2-0), who close out a their four-match homestand with their third consecutive shutout victory.

Arizona (2-5-2) controlled much of the possession early but it didn't take long for the Lions to put their stamp on the tempo. Senior Julie Gallaudet was the one to pressure the Wildcats, coming close to breaking the deadlock on a trio of shots around the 10th minute. The first sequence saw her receive the ball within the six-yard box and have her initial shot saved by Arizona goalie Ashley Jett. The rebound fell back to Gallaudet but her rebound shot from a tight angle hit the outside of the post. Seconds later, Jett would again deny Gallaudet as the LMU senior cut back inside from the right flank and tried from long-range, only for Jett to tip over for a corner.

Martino's scoring binge helped LMU get its opener in the 17th minute. With LMU controlling the play, junior Brittney Sanford played junior Marissa Zamora in down the left. Zamora delivered a low cross to the near post and Martino arrived in time to volley home with her left foot from six yards out. It was Martino's sixth goal of the year, the most by an LMU rookie since Kellie Schroeder had six in 2002, and it put her into the LMU single-season top-10, where she currently sits in a tie for eighth.

Although LMU was dominating possession, a defensive lapse almost allowed the Wildcats to equalize. In the 23rd minute, the Lion defense gave the ball away, putting in Jazmin Ponce for a one-on-one with LMU freshman goalie Brittany Jagger. Ponce went low with her shot and Jagger got a hand on it but could only slow it down as it headed toward the goal. Jagger's touch was enough, though, as sophomore Rachel Fell tracked back to slide and clear the shot away before it could cross the line.

Martino would play provider on LMU's second, which came two minutes before the break. Winning the ball about 40 yards out, Martino turned and sent a pass over the Wildcat defense to an on-running Kelley Lawson. The senior took it in stride and rocketed her left-footed shot from 20 yards out into the top right corner. It was Lawson's first goal of the season and fifth of her career.

Both teams would have their chances to add to the tally in the second half as the game opened up. The sides traded chances in the first 20 minutes of the period, with Jagger quick to go down to her left to keep the Wildcats off the board when she denied Alex Davis from point-black range in the 52nd minute. At the other end, the Lions were unlucky not to get a third when sophomore Jaide Garcia's shot came off the underside of the crossbar. Jensen Skinner then went close for the Wildcats, cutting inside from the right and stinging her left-footed shot just over the bar.

With the Wildcats pressing forward, it opened up the opportunity for the Lions to counter-attack. In the 65th minute, junior Erin Rementer single-handedly tried to pick apart the Arizona defense, embarking on a mazy run that eluded four defenders. Bringing the ball onto her left, Rementer tried to beat Jett low to her right but the Wildcat goalie was able to stretch and get a finger on it to turn it back for a corner.

For all of Arizona's efforts to even the score and the shot count, most of the visitor's 14 attempts were from long-range and little trouble for Jagger. The LMU keeper made six saves for her fifth shutout in her last six matches. Offensively, the Lions also had 14 shot attempts and held a decided advantage in corner kicks, 8-2. Jett stopped three shots for the visitors.

At 7-2-0, the have matched the third-best nine-game start to a season in program history and the best in Head Coach Joe Mallia's four-year tenure. LMU previously started 7-0-2 in 1998 and 6-1-2 in 2000, while also going 7-2-0 in 1999. LMU heads out on the road for the final time in the non-conference schedule, traveling to Northern Arizona for a 1 p.m. kick-off on Sunday.




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