Sept. 25, 2009
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Los Angeles - Freshman Kelsey Wilson scored her first career goal on a first-half free kick and LMU withstood a final minute flurry from Long Beach State to record a 1-0 victory on Friday afternoon at Sullivan Field. The win extends the Lions' (6-3-1) unbeaten streak to three games and ran their record to a perfect 3-0 all-time against the 49ers (4-5-0).
In a game devoid of many true scoring chances, Wilson's free kick was all the Lions would need. The build-up to the goal saw junior Julie Gallaudet brought down at the edge of the 18-yard box in the 21st minute. With the ball placed in the middle of the field, Wilson could choose to curl it around the wall and into the upper right corner or try to beat the goalie to the upper left side. She chose the latter, using a combination of power and precision to send her left-footed shot past LBSU goalie Nicoline Jorgensen and put the hosts in front.
LMU had two excellent opportunities to extend its lead - one on each side of halftime. In the 32nd minute, the Lions strung together a number of passes and switched the point of attack twice until they found Gallaudet on the right wing. She swung in her deep cross to junior Kelley Lawson but Jorgensen produced her only save of the match. After halftime, junior Gabrielle Parisella found herself wide open in the box but she couldn't connect on a cross that came out of the late afternoon shadows.
Clark, meanwhile, was not called into action to make a save all game, although she and the LMU defense did have to deal with a final-minute push by the 49ers. With 45 seconds on the clock, LBSU won a corner kick and sent everybody, including goalkeeper Jorgensen, into the penalty area. After a mad scramble that saw Clark pulled off her line, LBSU's Markie Gleason sent a shot past Clark but sophomore Marissa Zamora came to the rescue, clearing the ball before it could reach the goalline. The threat wasn't over, however, as the clearance fell to Nicole Sweetman, whose shot was deflected out by a defender for another corner. Time ran out on the 49ers before they could get the second corner away.
Long Beach State held a slight 7-6 shot advantage but, save for the final two, many of those attempts were off-target. Clark, who leads the West Coast Conference in saves with 47, did not stop a shot in recording her WCC-leading sixth shutout. The Lion defense has yet to concede a goal at Sullivan Field this season and has not allowed a goal at home in its last 465:07, dating back to last season. Clark has all five of those shutouts.
The Lions close out the home portion of their non-conference schedule on Sunday at 1 p.m. with a visit from Cal State Bakersfield.
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