Penalties Key 1-0 Victory at Pepperdine
Lions win ninth straight thanks to success from PK spot
Oct. 14, 2007
Malibu, CA - Sophomore Lacey Bartels scored early on a penalty kick and senior Joslyn Slovek stopped one with seconds to play as LMU won its West Coast Conference opener 1-0 over Pepperdine Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field. The Lions (9-3-1, 1-0-0) extend their school-record winning streak to nine games while halting the Waves' (3-5-5, 0-1-0) seven-match unbeaten run.
The match turned on two penalty kicks, one for each side. LMU's came 12 minutes in when senior Jamie Bell took the ball at the top of the box, made an excellent turn to get past a Pepperdine defender and into the penalty area. After she appeared to be tackled from behind, the referee whistled for the PK. Bartels converted for her third goal of the season, all from the penalty spot, on the Lions' first shot of the match.
The Waves would out-shoot the Lions 12-5 for the match but the LMU defense, and Slovek in particular, held steady for its fourth consecutive shutout and eighth of the season. The clean sheet would not be preserved without some drama in the final minute. Following a corner kick, a handball was called on an LMU defender in the penalty area at 89:35. Emily Wynne hit a hard-struck ball but Slovek guessed correctly and made a diving stop to preserve the victory. It was her fifth save of the game and by far the most important.
The win was LMU's first over the Waves since 2002 and first in Malibu since 1999. The victory was also the Lions' first in their conference opener since 2002.
LMU continues its conference-opening three-match road trip next week with visits to #22 San Diego on Friday and #6 Santa Clara on Sunday.