LMU Kicks Off Mallia Era

Aug. 29, 2007

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This week
LMU (0-0-0) at UC Santa Barbara (0-0-0)
Friday, August 31 • 7 p.m.
Harder Stadium

LMU (0-0-0) vs. Dayton (0-0-0)
Sunday, September 2 • 2 p.m.
Sullivan Field

For the first time since 1996, LMU will have a new face patrolling the sidelines as Joe Mallia makes his LMU head coaching debut with a pair of games this week. Mallia takes over a Lion program on the rise after last year's NCAA tournament appearance, the second in school history. Looking for a return trip to the postseason, Mallia and his Lions open the 2007 slate on Friday at UC Santa Barbara before returning to Sullivan Field on Sunday for the home opener against Dayton at 2 p.m.

Listen To and Follow the Lions Live on the Web
Loyola Marymount University, in conjunction with Stretch Internet, is proud to present, FREE, live audio broadcasts over the World Wide Web on www.LMULions.com. This week's home opener against Dayton will be available with Toby Kennedy and Josh Carroll calling the action. Just click on the "Listen" or "Archive" link next to the game of your choice (you will be automatically directed to download QuickTime if it's not yet installed on your computer). All broadcasts will be archived within 72 hours of their original airing and will include both the pre-game and post-game shows. All home games will be available on Gametracker through the LMU website. Select road games will also be featured.



Media Guide
The 2007 LMU women's soccer media guide is available for download at www.lmulions.com. This is the only source of copies of the guide.

About UC Santa Barbara
The Gauchos open their season with a pair of home games, hosting LMU on Friday and USC on Sunday. Last year, UCSB went 7-7-6 overall, finishing second in the Big West Conference with a 5-1-1 mark. Head Coach Paul Stumpf is in his ninth season in Santa Barbara, posting a record of 81-59-17. He returns 17 letterwinners and six starters, including Second Team All-Big West goalkeeper Katie Wright. LMU leads the all-time series with the Gauchos 4-1-2 following last season's 1-1 tie at Sullivan Field. UCSB's lone win came in the rivalry's first game, in 1994, and the Lions have gone 4-0-2 since. In last season's game, UCSB took the lead on an own goal just before halftime but Jamie Bell fired the Lions level in the second half and the teams remained deadlocked.

About Dayton
Dayton is on a two-game West Coast road trip in which it faces Cal Poly on Friday and LMU on Sunday. The Flyers opened the season with a 2-1 exhibition win over Michigan, who the Lions will play at Sullivan Field on September 16. Last year, Dayton went 8-7-3 overall and 6-3-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference to place sixth. Mike Tucker is in his 13th season at Dayton, turning in a record of 172-69-11. His 2007 squad features 19 returning letterwinners and 10 starters. This will be the first-ever meeting between the Lions and Flyers.

LMU in Season, Home Openers
LMU has not lost a season-opening game since 1996, going 8-0-2 in such games, with both ties coming in each of the last two years. The Lions are 3-0-1 when opening the season on the road. In home openers, LMU has defended its turf with an 8-3-3 mark.

LMU Wins Exhibition Match 2-0 at UC Irvine
Although it doesn't count in the standings, Head Coach Joe Mallia's LMU debut was a success as the Lions shut out UC Irvine 2-0 in an exhibition match in Irvine on August 23. Mallia started four freshmen but it was the veteran players who made the difference as junior Stefanie Baduria and senior Jamie Bell collected the goals and senior Joslyn Slovek posted the shutout. Baduria opened the scoring in the 29th minute when senior Katie Osborne and freshman Lily Sorentino linked up to find Baduria loose in the box. Just five minutes later, Bell picked up where she left off last year by pouncing on a mistake by the Irvine goalie and slotting home. The Lions made the most of their three shots in the game while Slovek was excellent on the other end, making five saves.

Looking Back
The 2006 season was a successful one by all accounts as the Lions earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, its second postseason appearance in its history. LMU went 10-3-6, with two of its losses by just one goal. The Lions led the conference in goals against average in conference games and allowed a mere three goals in seven WCC contests. Jamie Bell was outstanding, lead the team with seven goals and two assists for 14 points. Joslyn Slovek, the WCC Defender of the Year, had the lowest GAA in the WCC in conference games.

Slovek Headlines WCC Year-End Awards
Joslyn Slovek became just the second Lion and the third goalkeeper to earn WCC Defensive Player of the Year honors when the conference announced its yearly awards. The junior was also named to the All-WCC First Team after an outstanding season. Senior defender Whitney Temple and junior forward Jamie Bell earned second team honors, and senior midfielder Tana Smothermon and freshman defender Kim Feeney picked up honorable mention nods. Tiffany Harrison joined Feeney on the WCC's All-Freshman team.

Awards Recap
In addition to the WCC honors, several players were selected for postseason awards. Defender Kim Feeney was named a fourth team Freshman All-American by Soccer Buzz. In addition, Amanda Lernor was honored by the Jewish Sports Review as a First Team All-American. Whitney Temple was named to the Soccer Buzz West Region Third Team, and head coach Gregg Murphy was selected as the West Region Coach of the Year Runner-Up by Soccer Buzz.

Putting the "Student" in Student-Athlete
Five Lions were honored for their academic and athletic accomplishments following the 2006 season. Joslyn Slovek and Katie Osborne were named to both the WCC All-Academic Team and the NSCAA Scholar-Athlete West Region Third team. Whitney Temple earned WCC All-Academic accolades. Stefanie Baduria and Alicia Lloyd were selected as NSCAA Scholar-Athlete West Region honorable mention selections. In addition, the team was recognized for its overall GPA over 3.0.

LMU had a 5.5 game improvement from the 2005 to 2006 seasons, improving from 6-10-4 in 2005 to 10-3-6 in 2006. Only 12 other programs nationwide had a better improvement from the 2005 to 2006 seasons.

Fit To Be Tied
The Lions recorded a program record six ties in 2006, besting their previous high of five in 1998. LMU played double overtime in seven games in 2006, going 1-0-6 in those games. LMU's overtime win was over Oklahoma State, as Jamie Bell scored the game-winner with less than a minute remaining. Two of the ties came against top five teams - #3 Santa Clara and #5 Portland.

Lions Shut Down WCC Offenses
LMU finished conference play on an unbelievable high note, shutting out #5 Portland in a 0-0 tie. It was the fourth straight WCC shutout, and the fifth out of seven conference games. The Lions allowed just three goals in seven games - the least number of goals that LMU has allowed in conference play in program history. The previous best was in 2002 when the Lions allowed just four goals in WCC play. Interestingly, 2002 was the previous year that LMU advanced to the NCAA Tournament. LMU's defense ended the regular season ranked 18th nationally in goals-against-average.

Lions in the Rankings
LMU finished 2006 ranked 19th in the final regular season Soccer Buzz national poll, its highest ever ranking in the poll. LMU was 25th in the Soccer America poll, and 24th in the Soccer Times poll following the regular season.

Slovek Keeps Them Out
Junior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek led the WCC in goals against average, and finished the year ranked 29th in the nation while her save percentage of 0.857 was 22nd in the country. She had two shutouts to earn Defensive MVP honors at the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament. She added a pair of shutouts to lead LMU to a win over Hawaii and a tie against Pepperdine. Slovek recorded shutouts in four of her last six appearances. The Scottsdale, AZ native enters her senior campaign with 18 career shutouts.

Bell Yeah!
Junior Jamie Bell was one of LMU's most potent offensive threats in 2006, leading the team with seven goals and 16 points. The seven goals put her in fifth place in the LMU single season chart, and the 16 points tied for seventh in the single season points chart.


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