Portland Snaps LMU's Perfect Home Record
Lions suffer first defeat at Sullivan Field, 4-0
Oct. 18, 2009
Los Angeles - LMU's perfect record at home was halted on Sunday afternoon by second-ranked Portland, 4-0, in a West Coast Conference match at Sullivan Field. The defeat was the first of the conference season for the Lions (9-4-2, 1-1-1 WCC), while the Pilots (14-1-0, 3-0-0 WCC) win their seventh straight.
In the first of three consecutive conference matches against ranked opponents, LMU's defense was ready for the challenge. Having conceded a single goal in its first six home matches of 2009, the Lion did well to slow down the high-scoring Pilots, who had combined for 13 goals in their first two WCC contests. LMU played Portland even for the first 25 minutes before Michelle Enyeart broke the deadlock with a run down the right and left-footed shot into the bottom right corner. Portland made it 2-0 in the 38th minute when Enyeart dropped a pass back to Kendra Chandhoke, whose left-footed shot snuck in the right post.
The Lions pushed forward in the later stages of the first half and earned their first corner with three minutes left before intermission. Portland's defense was able to clear the corner before the Lions could get off a shot.
Portland increased its lead 46 seconds after halftime on Enyeart's second of three assists on the day. She dribbled through the left side, then found Sophie Schmidt coming in support. Schmidt's shot from 20 yards found the net in the upper corner. Keelin Winters completed the scoring in the 65th minute with a volley off Enyeart's corner.
LMU was not without its chances. Freshman Cori McGovern had the Lions' first shot, making a reflex turn on a cross but could not keep her shot down as it flew over the bar. Senior Tiffany Harrison also had an opportunity in the second half, getting loose on the right but her shot was charged down for a corner.
Senior Allyssa Clark stopped three shots to increase her WCC-leading total to 71 saves on the season. Kelsey Davis was not called into action for the Pilots, who held a 15-2 shot advantage and 9-3 on corners.
LMU heads out on the road next week for two more matches against ranked foes. On Friday, the Lions visit #25 San Diego at 7 p.m. They then travel to #20 Santa Clara on Sunday for a 1 p.m. kick-off.