Lions Win Third Straight
Darien Pyka scored 11 seconds into overtime to give LMU a 1-0 win over San Francisco on Senior Day.
Oct. 21, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Darien Pyka broke a scoreless tie just 11 seconds into overtime to give the LMU women's soccer team a 1-0 West Coast Conference victory over San Francisco Sunday at Sullivan Field.
The win was the third straight for the Lions, who most recently earned a 3-0 upset of No. 15 Pepperdine on Friday. LMU is now 9-5-2 overall and 3-2-0 in WCC play. San Francisco dropped to 7-7-3 overall and 2-4-0 in the WCC.
Riding the high of their upset of the Waves, along with pregame senior day ceremonies, the Lions struggled to find rhythm early with just six first-half shots, including three on goal. They picked up their attack in the second half, and finished the match with a 17-7 shot advantage, but despite putting eight shots on frame, could not find the back of the net in regulation.
Earning the kick off in the first golden goal overtime period, Jocelyn Blankenship immediately fed a streaking Pyka up the left flank. Pyka knocked down the high pass to beat one USF player, then cut the ball from right to left on the backline defender before blasting a left-footed shot into the far post netting.
The goal was Pyka's third game-winner of the year and her fourth overall goal.
Blankenship, Emily Maletis and Etahja Gilmer each had three shots to lead LMU. Brittany Jagger made three saves in goal on her way to tallying her sixth shutout of the season. Dons keeper Madalyn Schiffel finished with eight saves.
Prior to the match, the Lions honored their five-member senior class including Yiana Dimmitt, Paige Pennington, Whitney Sharpe, Cori McGovern and Kimiko Miyashima.
The Lions hit the road for the final time this season next week, traveling to Gonzaga on Friday, Oct. 26 and Portland on Sunday, Oct. 28.