Women’s Soccer Secures Victory Following Set Piece Goal
Raquel Angelone scores her first of the year to give LMU the 1-0 win.
LOS ANGELES – One well-executed free kick just past the hour mark was the difference in Loyola Marymount’s West Coast Conference game against University of San Diego. The Lions (8-3-3, 3-1-0) capitalized on a flicked on header in the 61st minute to defeat the Tereros (7-6-1, 2-2-0) on Saturday night, 1-0.
“USD is a very good team,” said Head Coach Michelle Myers. “They come out with so much energy and make it very hard for you to play the style of soccer you want to play. A lot of credit to our players for battling and putting away a set piece when the chance is there.”
After committing one of its seven fouls in the match, San Diego gave the Lions a free kick from just past midfield as the game clock struck 60 minutes. LMU’s Shelby Cormier served a ball that was perfectly met by the leaping head of Raquel Angelone. With USD’s goalkeeper Amber Michel coming off her line to meet the troubling ball, Angelone was able to get up higher and flick it into the back of the net. The 1-0 LMU lead held, despite the game opening up in the final stretch of regulation.
Angelone’s goal was her first of the season and first game-winner of her career.
The Lions outshot USD, 15-8, on the night. Michel finished with seven saves and LMU’s Charlee Pruitt recorded her third full shutout of the season, making four saves in the process.
Loyola Marymount survived a tense final minutes, as San Diego pushed forward with its entire team, including the keeper, in search of the equalizer.
“They did a great job of changing formations,” said Myers. “We were trying to clog as much space as we could and get it out of danger. We almost had a second one a few times with the counter, but we were just happy to keep them out of the net.”
The win gives LMU three more conference points and moves them back towards the top of the WCC standings with nine points in four games.
“We’ll take a couple of days off and really try to get those legs back before we head up to University of Pacific,” said Myers.
The Lions go on the road for one game in Stockton on Oct. 16, before hosting San Francisco on Oct. 21 then Santa Clara on Oct. 23 in the home finale.
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