Lions Take On Tigers and Quakers
LMU to play Ivy League opponents Pennsylvania and Princeton.
Sept. 7, 2005
The Loyola Marymount women's soccer team takes on two members of the Ivy League at the Princeton Women's Soccer Invitational this weekend. LMU will face Pennsylvania on Thursday at 4:30pm PST, and the host Tigers on Saturday at 8:00am PST. The University of Arizona is the fourth team playing in the tournament.
A Look Back
The Lions have become the best bargain in college soccer. All four games have resulted in double overtime, giving the fans an average of almost 19 minutes more of soccer than they bargained for. LMU has played an average of 108.5 minutes per game, with two ties. Friday's game against Cal Poly was another disappointing loss, with the Mustangs scoring the game-winner in the 109th minute of play. Kelly Lewandowski and Jamie Bell each scored goals for LMU, helping the Lions come back from a 2-0 deficit. The Lions rebounded with a 1-1 tie with Navy at Sullivan Field on Sunday. LMU played well to start the game, taking a 1-0 lead on Whitney Temple's blast from 15 yards out. However, the Mids fought back, tying the game early in the second half. Michelle Kanama's shot with the clock winding down at the end of the second overtime frame drifted just wide of the goal.
The Quakers have played just one game this season, a 2-1 win over Rider on Sunday, September 4th. Carolyn Cross and Rachel Fletcher each registerd a goal and an assist, and Jennifer Price also had an assist. The Quakers were 9-6-2 last season and lose five starters to graduation.
The Tigers had a storybook season in 2004, but are 0-2 to start 2005. They opened with a 1-0 loss to #3 UCLA, and followed with a 3-0 loss to Miami in Miami. The Tiger offense has struggled, only recording eight shots in the first two games. Princeton advanced to the College Cup in 2004, falling in the national semifinals to UCLA. They lost five starters and 10 seniors from that team. Princeton will face Arizona on Thursday before playing LMU on Saturday morning.
All About the Overtime
While it is very unusual that the Lions have opened their season with four straight double overtime games, the double overtime period is not foreign to them. Last season, LMU played in five double overtime games, and another two games that ended in a single overtime period. The 2003 squad played three double overtime games, and the 2002 team also appeared in five double overtime games.
Throughout the season, senior Kellie Schroeder will be writing a diary on the LMU website. Her journal will give fans an inside peak into the LMU women's soccer team. Be sure to check the LMU website at www.LMULions.com for Schroeder's latest entry.
Follow the Lions all season with GameTracker for Women's Soccer. During any LMU home game, you can get the up-to-the-minute score, as well as updated game stats and a play by play. For more information, go to www.LMULions.com.
Climbing the Charts
Several current players started the season in the top 10 of several LMU career statistical categories. Lori Sims sits in the top 10 of the goals, assists and points list, and with her goal against Florida State, she moved up the list. She is now the third all-time goal scorer in school history with 15 goals, and her 41 career points puts her in third place.
Making a Debut
Fans of the LMU women's soccer program received a treat at Sunday's soccer game when Amy Sauer entered the game for the Lions after halftime. The third-year defender has missed the last two seasons with torn ACLs, but has battled back from injuries this season. Sauer started the second half, and played in the next 65 minutes of action.
A pair of Lions made their first career starts against Navy. Freshman Michelle Kanama became the first freshman in the starting lineup at midfield, and sophomore Brandi Young started in the LMU defense.
As a member of the West Coast Conference, LMU's schedule is one of the toughest in the country. Six 2005 opponents are currently ranked in Soccer Buzz's top 30 poll this week, including three WCC opponents. In addition, Florida State (#14), Utah (#21) and USC (#22) are all ranked among the nation's top teams.
Sullivan Field Upgrades
Fans to Sullivan Field will notice a few changes to the atmosphere this season. Brand new banners on the back on the bleachers welcome fans to the "Home of the Lions." In addition, a new scoreboard has been installed. This season, the Lions play 12 of their 20 games at Sullivan Field.
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