Late Rally Comes Up Short in WCC Opener
A late second half push, capped by an Etajha Gilmer goal, left the LMU women's soccer team just short in its conference opener in a 2-1 final at San Francisco Friday.
Oct. 7, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO - A late second half push, capped by an Etajha Gilmer goal, left the LMU women's soccer team just short in its conference opener in a 2-1 final at San Francisco Friday.
The match was the WCC opener for both sides. The Dons moved to 4-8-0 overall and 1-0-0 in WCC play. The Lions dropped to 6-5-1 overall and 0-1-0 in conference play. They will seek to even that WCC mark Sunday, hosting Gonzaga at 1 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
LMU found itself in a 1-0 hole just four minutes into play when Joan Piasta received a ball from Jaciara Mello on the left side of the box and sent a shot into the near post netting.
The Lions were the aggressor throughout, outshooting the Dons 7-3 in the opening frame and 16-9 for the balance of the match. But it was the Dons who were able to capitalize first in the second half as well when Christina Moberg beat LMU goalkeeper Brittany Jagger one-on-one after receiving a pass from Piasta. Moberg's fourth goal of the season put USF ahead 2-0 in the 79th minute.
Battling to break back into the game, Gilmer provided the Lions with hope, notching her second goal of the year with just over five minutes remaining. Following a Linda Bakker corner kick, Gilmer was able to control a lose ball in the box and send it into the back of the net.
LMU had two shots in the final three minutes of play, including one that went just high by Bakker and one by Brianne Medved that also went over the crossbar.
The Lions' 16 shots kept Dons' Heather Haney busy as the goalkeeper finished with six saves. Jagger had three saves for LMU.