Sept. 4, 2002
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The Lions got off to a bang scoring a total of five goals on the weekend and posting a 2-0 record. LMU started the 2002 season with a 4-0 win over San Jose State last Saturday afternoon and rounded out the weekend with a thrilling 1-0 overtime win against San Diego State on Monday. Senior Myka Peck was named the West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week for the two goals she scored against SJSU on Saturday.
Loyola Marymount will host its women's soccer alumni in a srimmage game on Friday, Sept. 6. That game will not count in the Lions season record. LMU then continues its homestand with a game against Loyola-Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 8. The Lions and the Ramblers will square off on Sullivan Field on the Loyola Marymount University campus at 1 p.m.
Peck Named WCC Player of the Week
The West Coast Conference named Myka Peck Co-Player of the Week along with Pepperdine's Ali Pavoni. Peck and Pavoni are the first WCC Players of the Week for the 2002 season. Peck netted two goals to lead the Lions to victory over San Jose State.
Peck Climbs The Chart
Senior Myka Peck entered the 2002 season ranked ninth on LMU's all-time points chart. In just her first game of the year she scored two goals and jumped to sixth on the list. She is now tied with former teammate Stacy Roberts (1997-00) with 30 career points. Peck is also on the verge of breaking in among the Lions top-5 all-time assists leaders. Her current eight career assists stands as eighth best in LMU history.
Freshman Fit Right In
There were no cold feet or first game jitters for any of the Lions' freshman this season. Three of the seven point scorers so far are freshman. Kellie Schroeder and Jessica Hanson have each collected goals while Kelly Lewandowski picked up an assist against San Jose State. Hanson's goal came in overtime to defeat San Diego State. The rookies are not gun-shy either as 22 of the teams 37 shots have been taken by a freshman.
vs. San Jose State 8/31/02
The Lions dominated the entire game outshooting the Spartans 20-2. It wasn't until eight minutes left in the second half that SJSU got off its first shot attempt of the game. Peck opened up the scoring at the 8:21 mark of the game when she converted a pass from freshman Kelly Lewandowski for her first goal of the day. Junior Laura Trask followed with a goal off a free kick at 23:35 on the clock to make it 2-0 Lions. Peck found the back of the net again in the 39th minute (39:12), heading in a pass from junior Shari Nishikawa. LMU took an impressive 3-0 lead into the half. The second half brought more of the same for the Lions as freshman Kellie Schroeder scored her first collegiate goal just 21 seconds (45:21) into the period. Schroeder punched out a long 20-yard kick off an assist from junior Jennifer Cefalia.
vs. San Diego State 9/2/02
The Lions outshot the Aztecs by a 17-6 margin and dominated offensively most of the afternoon. The Aztec keepers combined for four saves on the day, but were assisted by the crossbar and a slight breeze which altered a few of the Lions shot on goal attempts. Starting SDSU goalkeeper Sophia Perez played just 33 minutes before being replaced by Stephanie Pearson. Pearson played 61 minutes and picked up the loss for the Aztecs allowing the games only goal. LMU goalkeeper Elizabeth Skhal also collected four saves in the game. No serious challenges were made at the Lion goal though as LMU's defense stepped it up for a second straight game keeping the Aztecs back peddling a good portion of the contest. Skhal improves her record to 2-0 on the season. Lion junior Stephanie Tobin nearly kept things from heading into overtime when her shot in the 76th minute hit an Aztec defender and nearly bounced in for the score. The Lions had a second chance to score before the end of regulation when SDSU's Sheila Dayog pulled down LMU freshman Lori Sims from behind on a break away. Dayog was cautioned with a yellow card and Sims' free kick sailed just wide. Hanson put the game away for the Lions when she dribbled around an Aztec defender from about 20 yards in front of the box and beat SDSU's keeper Pearson for the game-winning goal.
LMU Head Coach
Gregg Murphy is in his seventh year at the helm of the LMU women's soccer program. Under Murphy the Lions have enjoyed unprecedented success, posting winning seasons in all but two of his years in Westchester. Murphy's record at LMU now stands at 62-43-8, while his career coaching record, which spans eleven seasons, stands at 120-95-12. An outstanding recruiter, Murphy's 2002 class was ranked 7th best in the West Region by SoccerBuzz. Murphy is a 1986 graduate of Chapman University.
Loyola-Chicago comes to Southern California with a 1-1 overall record in 2002. The Ramblers opened their season with a 3-0 win over Central Michigan before falling to 1-2 in overtime to Western Michigan. Loyola boasts four players with multiple goals. Heather Sorgatz, Katie Koning, Jamie Wasielewski and Michelle Taylon each have two goals on the year. Head Coach Brendan Eitz is in his eighth season at the helm of the Ramblers women's soccer program. Eitz has compiled a 40-92-5 record at Loyola, he has spent his entire coaching career with the Ramblers. The Sept. 8 meeting marks the first ever between the Lions and the Ramblers.