Oct. 14, 2011
MORAGA, Calif. - Darien Pyka and Brianne Medved each tallied goals as the LMU women's soccer team handed Saint Mary's its first home loss of the season in a 2-1 final in Moraga Friday.
The win moved LMU to 7-5-2 overall and 1-1-1 in WCC play, while also snapping a five-game winless streak. Saint Mary's, dropping its first home game of the season, fell to 9-4-2 overall and 0-2-1 in conference play.
Pyka's second goal of the season came following a blocked shot late in the first half of play. LMU's Megan Gallagher sent a shot on frame at the 41-minute mark which SMC goalkeeper Kate Brenot was able to get a hand on. But Brenot could not corral the ball and Pyka followed the rebound with a strike from six yards out, giving LMU the 1-0 lead headed into the half.
"Getting that first goal right before halftime was great and opening the second half with the second goal was huge for our momentum," said LMU head coach Joe Mallia. "I'm a little disappointed we gave up the goal (to Saint Mary's) so quickly, but this was a battle today. The conditions were tough and any win in our conference is a tough win so I give our team a lot of credit."
The Lions kept the momentum to start the second half as Medved added the eventual game-winner just two minutes in. The freshman midfielder took a cross from Amanda Dudley, dribbled into the six-yard box and slotted a shot into the right corner netting.
The Gaels were able to cut their deficit in half in the 50th minute when Briana Campos found the back of the net on a shot from the top left corner of the box. But that was as close at the home team would come as LMU goalkeeper Brittany Jagger made a pair of saves down the stretch to help seal the victory.
LMU returns to Sullivan Field on Sunday to host unbeaten Pepperdine in a WCC showdown. The match, scheduled to kick off at noon, will also count for valuable points in the 2011-12 PCH Cup standings, along with serving as LMU's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" match. The first 100 LMU students through the gate will receive FREE pink headbands.
- GO LIONS -