Sept. 11, 2007
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LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Classic (Los Angeles, CA)
Friday, September 14
Oregon State (3-1-0) vs. Michigan (1-1-1) 1 p.m.
LMU (0-3-1) vs. Lamar (0-4-0) 4 p.m.
Sunday, September 16
Lamar (0-4-0) vs. Oregon State (3-1-0) 11 a.m.
LMU (0-3-1) vs. Michigan (1-1-1) 1 p.m.
For the fifth straight year, LMU will hold the fall classic known as the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Classic. This year, the Lions welcome three teams from around the country to Sullivan Field for two days of exciting soccer. Friday's festivities get underway with Oregon State facing Michigan at 1 p.m., followed by LMU against Lamar at 4 p.m. On Sunday, Lamar and Oregon State square off at 11 a.m. before the Lions and Wolverines close the tournament at 1 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. 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 four tournament games will be available on Gametracker through the LMU website. Full tournament info, including rosters and stats for all the participating teams, can be found at www.lmulions.com.
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 the LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Classic
The LMU/Four Points Sheraton Culver City Classic has featured many of the top teams across the country since its inception in 2003. Teams from the Big 12, SEC, Mid-Continent, Mountain West, and Horizon League have made the trek annually to Los Angeles. This year, the Lions will be joined by the Big Ten (Michigan), Pac-10 (Oregon State), and Southland (Lamar) Conferences, making this one of the deepest tournaments in the Classic's history. The tournament has been kind to the host Lions, with LMU turning in an undefeated record in Classic play, going 8-0-0, outscoring opponents 12-1, and claiming at least a share of the title each year.
Last year's Classic featured LMU, St. Francis (PA), Oklahoma State, and Cal Poly. Oklahoma State beat Cal Poly 1-0 in the opener, with LMU beating St. Francis 2-0 in the second game. On Sunday, Cal Poly beat St. Francis 2-0 in the de facto consolation game while the Lions extended their tournament winning streak to eight games with a 1-0 double overtime victory over OSU that gave them the championship. Jamie Bell scored the game-winning goal with 50 seconds remaining in the second overtime period.
About Oregon state (3-1-0)
Oregon State has won two in a row following last week's sweep of Montana and UC Riverside. Against the Grizzlies, Jodie Taylor had a hat trick in a 4-0 victory while Najma Homidi and Rachael Axon each had a goal against UCR in a 2-0 win.
Head Coach Steve Fennah is in his 10th season in Corvallis and is the winningest coach in program history, going 77-92-14. Last year, OSU was 8-10-2 overall and 1-8-0 in the Pac-10 to finish 10th. They return 12 letterwinners and seven starters.
About Lamar (0-4-0)
Lamar is playing its third straight tournament away from home as it commences play in its inaugural season. Located in Beaumont, TX, Lamar is looking for its first-ever win after making school history on Sunday with the program's first goal, scored by Aline Pugliesi against South Alabama.
Head Coach Matthew Dillon takes over a program that is in its first season of existence. Dillon has a one-year career coaching record of 8-13-2.
About Michigan (1-1-1)
Michigan has had every result so far as it opened the season with a 0-0 tie at #2 Notre Dame, beat Cincinnati 3-0 and lost to Marquette 2-0. Madison Gates made 10 saves in the tie against the Irish. Amanda Bowery had a goal and an assist in the win over Marquette, while Stephanie Crawford and Emily Kalmbach each tallied goals.
Debbie Rademacher is in her 14th season as head coach in Ann Arbor, putting together a record of 158-100-32. She has a 16-year head coaching career record of 176-112-36. In 2006, UM went 9-7-6 and tied for fifth in the Big Ten with a 4-3-3 record. They advanced to the postseason, falling in the first round.
Last Week Recap
LMU traveled to Bloomington, IN for the 2007 Hoosier Classic, facing hosts Indiana and Maryland in the tournament. Friday's opener against the Hoosiers was a defensive struggle, with neither team budging an inch. LMU senior GK Joslyn Slovek was outstanding, making four saves in a 0-0 tie. It was the second consecutive double-overtime game for the Lions.
On Sunday against Maryland, the Lion defense held strong for the goalless first half but LMU fell behind on a header off a corner kick in the 57th minute. Two minutes later, the Terrapins made it 2-0 on an improbable 40-yard free kick. LMU almost pulled a goal back as senior forward Jamie Bell's shot bounced back off the post but it wasn't to be as Maryland added a third goal in a game where the score did not fully reflect the competition on the field.
It's Tourney Time!
LMU will play in two tournaments this season, coming in back-to-back weeks. The Lions have had great success in these early season tournaments, going 10-2-4 over the past four years, and are 19-9-6 all-time in regular season tournaments. Entering this season, LMU had a four-match tournament winning streak, which was snapped with the tie and loss in Indiana.
Two Named to All-tournament Team
LMU's defense was solid in Indiana and was rewarded as sophomore defenders Tiffany Harrison and Kim Feeney were placed on the All-Tournament team. It is the first All-Tournament award for each but not the first accolades for the pair, who were both on the WCC and Soccerbuzz.com Regional All-Freshman Teams.
Slovek in Midseason Form
Senior goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek has picked up where she left off last season, turning in a goals-against-average of 0.94 over the season's first four games. At Indiana, she recorded four saves en route to her first shutout of the season. She now has 19.5 shutouts for her career, tying for second place all-time at LMU. In the home opener against Dayton, Slovek passed the 200-save barrier for her career and now has 214, putting her nine behind Tracy Sharp (1997-2000) for second place all-time at LMU.
Redshirt freshman GK Eugenia Miranda made her first collegiate appearance against Maryland, replacing Slovek for the final 16+ minutes. She made two saves.
After playing seven overtime games in 2006, two of LMU's first four contests in 2007 have gone into extra time. The double overtime loss to Dayton was LMU's first since dropping a 3-2 decision at Pepperdine on October 9. It was also LMU's first overtime loss at home since August 28, 2005, a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Florida State. With the goalless draw against Indiana, five of the Lions' last 13 games dating back to last season have ended honors even.
Things have to change, right? LMU has yet to score this year and has not found the net in the last six games or 683 minutes, dating back to last season. LMU has never been shutout in five straight games in the same season.