Women's Soccer

Lions Come Up Short Against Pilots

Jenni Benger
Jenni Benger

Oct. 28, 2011

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LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's soccer team came up on the short end of another close affair, falling 1-0 to Portland Friday at Sullivan Field.

The loss dropped the Lions to 7-9-2 overall and 1-5-1 in West Coast Conference play. Portland improved to 8-8-1 overall and 3-3-0 in the WCC.

The Pilots dominated play through the first half, keeping constant pressure on the LMU back line. Lion goalkeeper Brittany Jagger made saves on four of Portland's first five shots on goal while the fifth was cleared off the line up an LMU defender.

But Portland finally broke through in the 29th minute on the seventh goal of the season for Danielle Foxhoven. The play started just inside the midfield line with Michelle Cruz sending a long through ball up the middle of the pitch, splitting a pair of Lion defenders. Foxhoven also broke through the back line, controlled the ball just inside the box and beat Jagger one-on-one with a slotted shot into the right corner net.

LMU picked up its attack in the second half, earning its first quality shot of the game in the 52nd minute. Brittney Sanford brought the ball inside the box but her left-footed shot from the right side, but her attempt was blocked by a Portland defender.

In the 62nd minute, a free kick shot attempt by Sanford went just wide right of the goal while two other shot attempts in the half were just off frame.

Jagger finished with five saves of the Pilots' 10 total shots. Portland's Hailee DeYoung did not record a save in her third shutout of the season.

The Lions conclude WCC play on Sunday, hosting Santa Clara at Sullivan Field. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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