Kent State Upends LMU 1-0 in Fila Cup
Los Angeles, Calif. -- The Loyola Marymount women's soccer team surrendered its first goal of the 2000 season Friday, and it proved to be a costly one as visiting Kent State defeated the Lions 1-0 in the LMU Fila Cup at Sullivan Field.
Kent State's lone goal came at the 76:32 mark in the second half folowing one of 17 Lion fouls on the afternoon. Senior midfielder Nicki Downey took the free kick which sailed over the wall as well as Loyola Marymount sophomore goalkeeper Beth Skhal, who replaced starter Tracy Sharp for the second stanza. The Golden Flashes' goal was the first scored by an LMU (2-1-1) opponent this season, as the Lion defense had pitched a shutout in its first three-and-a-half games.
Both teams had excellent opportunities to score earlier in the second period. In the 72nd minute of play, Loyola Marymount sophomore Myka Peck took a right cross from freshman teammate Shari Nishikawa and fired it from close range, however KSU (4-0-1) keeper Lindsey Mitchell made a diving stop. Two minutes later Kent State freshman forward Jaclyn Pejack fired a shot from the right side, which Lion forward Jill Dobens deflected just enough to allow Skahl to make the save.
LMU was the aggressor throughout much of the contest, outshooting the visitors 19 to four as only two Golden Flash players recorded shots. LMU sophomore midfielder Tumia Moe was active around the net, recording three shots, all on goal.
Loyola Marymount will close the 2000 Fila Cup Sunday at 2:00 p.m. against Xavier University, which lost to Cal 3-0 in the tournament's opening game on Friday. Meanwhile Kent State will battle Cal in a 11:00 a.m. showdown.