Lions Drop WCC Opener

Emily Maletis had two shots on goal Sunday.

Oct. 7, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - Despite dominating the flow of play and generating a 15-5 shot advantage, the LMU women's soccer team dropped a tight 1-0 decision to San Diego Sunday at Sullivan Field.

The Lions fell to 6-4-2 overall and 0-1-0 in West Coast Conference play while San Diego moved to 6-7-0 overall and remained unbeaten in WCC play at 2-0-0.

LMU was the aggressor from the get-go, earning a corner kick just 2:30 into the match. Emily Maletis and Darien Pyka both had early shots saved by Torero keeper McKenna Tollack and Whitney Sharpe had a blast from the right side of the box blocked by a USD defender.

Jocelyn Blankenship nearly got the Lions on the board at the 61:14 mark when she sent a line-drive shot at the left side near post. But Tollack was able to knock the ball just off line and it bounced off the post and out of play.

The Toreros' Dani Russell finally broke the scoreless tie at the 63:49 mark, netting her third goal of the season. An LMU foul just outside the left corner of the box set up a free kick, set play for San Diego. Meghan O'Rourke sent a ball right to the front of the goalmouth where Russell was able to redirect it into the net just bask LMU keeper Brittan Jagger.

Furiously searching for the equalizer, Etajha Gilmer connected her head to a corner kick cross from Blankenship in the 65th minute, but her shot was saved off the line by a Torero defender.

With just under seven minutes remaining, Maletis sent in a line-drive shot from 12 yards out, but Tollack smothered the ball for her eighth save of the day.

WCC action continues on Friday, Oct. 12 when the Lions travel to Santa Clara for a 7 p.m. match-up at Buck Shaw Stadium.




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