LMU Drops WCC Opener to No. 7 Portland
LMU gave No. 7 Portland's potent offense fits early, but an unlucky PK and another late goal settled a 2-0 final in favor of the Pilots.
Oct. 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Returning to the pitch for the first time after a two-week break from action, the LMU women's soccer team gave No. 7 Portland a true battle Friday night at Sullivan Field before ultimately falling 2-0 in West Coast Conference action.
A defensive battle from the opening kick, neither team would even manage a shot until the 33:19 mark when Portland's Miceala Capelle sent an attempt high. The Pilots would finish the half with a 4-0 shot advantage, though none on frame.
The seal finally broke at the 60:33 mark when LMU's Carolyn Dunn was called for a tackling foul just inside the 18 yard box. Portland was awarded a penalty kick opportunity on the foul and Amanda Frisbie made good on the shot with her fifth goal of the season.
LMU (3-9-0, 0-1-0 WCC) began to press forward and a pair of shots by Tawni Martino forced the first save by Pilot goalkeeper Erin Dees, while the second attempt was blocked by the Portland defense.
Just inside the 76th minute, Brianne Medved put forth the best chance of the night for the Lions. Receiving a Nikki Martino pass from the right flank, Medved launched a shot from 10 yards out that Dees managed to tip over the crossbar for her second save of the night.
Portland (10-1-1, 2-0-0 WCC) padded its lead in the 83rd minute when a shot by Noelle LaPrevotte knocked off the right past back into play. Emily Sippel found the ball just inside the six and tapped it back into the left netting.
LMU returns to action Sunday when it hosts Gonzaga on Sullivan Field at 1 p.m.
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