Oct. 19, 2012
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MALIBU, Calif. - The LMU women's soccer team got outstanding offensive production early and a solid 90 minutes of play from its defense on its way to a 3-0 shutout of 15th ranked Pepperdine Friday at TF Rokus Field.
The Lions (8-5-2, 2-2-0 WCC) picked up three huge points in the West Coast Conference standings while also earning points in the fourth annual Wells Fargo PCH Cup. Pepperdine dropped to 11-4-0 overall and 2-1-0 in WCC play.
The Waves represented the fourth ranked opponent the Lions have faced this season, and the first win over a ranked opponent since opening the 2011 season with a 3-1 victory at then No. 18 Texas.
LMU struck three times in the opening 11 minutes of play to take an early commanding lead. Cassidy Nicks put the Lions on the board at the 5:47 mark with the first shot of the match. The freshman took a through ball from Darien Pyka and beat Pepperdine keeper Roxanne Barker to the near post from 15 yards out.
Madison Heilmann got in the action on the Lions second goal, sending a lofting cross into the mix where Emily Maletis was able to head a shot over Barker for a 2-0 LMU lead at the nine-minute mark.
Just two minutes later LMU made it 3-0 when Jo Blankenship fed a streaking Etajha Gilmer up the left flank. Gilmer broke past the Waves defensive line, then beat Barker with a left-footed shot to the far post.
The Waves finished the match with a 21-10 shot advantage, including an 8-4 shot-on-goal edge. But LMU's Brittany Jagger
came up with eight big saves in her fifth shutout of the season.
Pepperdine had surrendered more than two goals just once prior this season - a 4-0 loss to then No. 3 UCLA on Sept. 16. That match was also just one of two previous matches that the Waves had not scored a goal.
The Lions return to Sullivan Field on Sunday to host San Francisco in another WCC showdown. Kick off is scheduled for 1 p.m.