Lions Hold Down Dons, 2-0
LMU beats San Francisco for 11th straight time
Nov. 2, 2008
San Francisco, CA - LMU continued its dominance of San Francisco, shutting out the Dons for the 11th straight time in a solid 2-0 victory in a West Coast Conference match Sunday morning at Negoesco Stadium in San Francisco. The Lions (9-6-3, 4-2-0 WCC) got goals in each half from senior Amanda Lernor and junior Kristen Garcia to ruin USF's Senior Day and hand the Dons (5-12-2, 0-6-0 WCC) their eighth consecutive loss.
LMU started strong, attempting the game's first six shots, with the sixth culminating in the opening goal at 17:54. Junior Lacey Bartels supplied the pass to Lernor, whose first shot was parried by USF goalie Katie Hodgson but rebounded straight to Lernor. The senior would not be denied her first career goal, slotting home the rebound.
The Lions did not slow down offensively following the goal, outshooting USF 7-5 for the opening period to carry the 1-0 lead into halftime. At the other end, the Dons turned to Katherine Kimure for their offense as Kimure attempted all five of the home side's shots in the first 45 minutes, forcing LMU goalie Allyssa Clark into three saves.
With 11 minutes gone in the second half, Garcia put the game away with her second career goal. In the middle of the action was sophomore Lily Sorentino, who registered her eighth assist of the season with a header that found Garcia in the box. Garcia beat goalie Anika Stein, who had come on at halftime, with a header of her own to double LMU's lead. For Sorentino, the assist moved her into a tie with Jessica Lyon (1997) and Cindy Carullo (1993) for the most in a single season in LMU history. In just two seasons at LMU, Sorentino has 14 career assists, tying her with Carullo for fourth all-time.
The only question remaining for the game was whether the Lions would get the shutout. The defense did its part, holding the Dons to only three shot attempts in the second half to give Clark her seventh clean sheet of the season. Clark finished with four saves while Hodgson had four and Stein two for USF. Clark's 93 career saves now rank fifth at LMU.
The Lions return home next week for their regular season finale against Saint Mary's at 1 p.m. on Saturday. LMU is assured of its third consecutive winning WCC season and at least a share of third place. LMU will close out its 2008 campaign with Senior Day, in which it will honor seniors Stefanie Baduria, Amanda Lernor, Shannon Omahen, Lauren Robinson, and Lauren Shanklin in a pre-game ceremony.
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