Nov. 1, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - The LMU women's soccer team closed out the 2012 campaign playing some of its best soccer of the season, but fell just short of an upset bid over No. 4 ranked BYU, falling 1-0 in double overtime to the Cougars Thursday at Sullivan Field.
After nearly 104 minute of scoreless play, BYU's Marissa Nimmer found the back of the net for the third time this season, giving the visitors their sixth straight victory.
The Lions closed out the year with a 9-8-2 overall record and 3-5-0 mark in West Coast Conference play. The Cougars, who clinched at least a share of the WCC title, moved to 17-1-1 overall and 6-0-1 in the WCC.
Facing their fifth ranked opponent of the season, LMU showed up to play, putting pressure on the BYU back line early, while also holding strong defensively against a potent Cougar attack.
Possession was fairly equal during the first 45-minute period and both squads had near-miss opportunities to put their team on the board. LMU nearly took the lead in the 30th minute on a shot by Whitney Sharpe, but her ball went just high, nicking the crossbar.
The Cougars' Rachel Manning had a shot bounce off the near post in the 60th minute and Jessica Ringwood's shot in the 80th minute went off the crossbar and out of play. LMU goalkeeper Brittney Jagger was also huge with a pair of saves in each half, helping send the teams into extra time.
In the first overtime period, LMU pushed the ball into the Cougars end quickly, generating a trio of corner kick opportunities and a shot by Jocelyn Blankenship that was blocked by a BYU defender. Darien Pyka had an open look in the 99th minute, but her shot from 12 yards out went high of the goal.
Nimmer's goal at the 103:48 mark was the first shot of the second overtime period. Pressing into the Cougars' end, the Lions were caught in a breakaway and Jaiden Thornock was able to whip a pass to Nimmer who volleyed a shot over the reach of Jagger.
Jagger finished with six saves while Blankenship had four of LMU's nine shots in the match.