Women's Soccer Takes Win To The Road
Weekly Release: Women's soccer plays at CSUN on Friday, then hosts USC on Sunday
Sept. 25, 2001
The Lions are coming off of a much needed 2-1 win at UC Irvine on Sunday. Last Friday the Lions traveled to Cal State Fullerton where they struggled with the 13-day layoff, and fell to the Titans 1-0. With the Sunday win over the Anteaters, the Lions ended their four-game losing streak.
The Lions take their win to Cal State Northridge where they face the Matadors on Friday at 7:00 p.m. On Sunday the Lions host USC on LMU's Sullivan Field at 3:00 p.m.
Loyola Marymount University's women's soccer team lost their fourth straight game of the season 1-0 at Cal State Fullerton Friday night. The Lions had a 14-13 shot advantage, however they failed to convert. Freshman Kelly Yukihiro played in front of the net for the Lions, collecting three saves. Shari Nishikawa and Laura Trask gave the Titans' goalkeeper Laura Janke a tough game, as they took three and four shots on-goal, respectively. Nishimoto took a total of three shots in the game, and Trask attempted five. Myka Peck, Erin Fahey, Jill Dobens, Kerri Tanksley, Amanda Shellenberger and Allison Marra each took a single shot. However, they were unable to find the goal. This shutout is the Lions' second-straight scoreless game, as the rust from the 13-day layoff took its toll on the Lions.
Go With The Win
The Lions traveled to Irvine Sunday afternoon where they defeated UC Irvine 2-1 on a mission to snap a 4-game slide. Yukihiro once again stood in the goal for the Lions where she collected her first win as a Lion. Yukihiro allowed only one goal, while she tallied two saves. Laura Trask gave the Anteaters a tough time with her five shot attempts, and her goal in the 63rd minute of the game. She was assisted by Myka Peck who shot a crossing pass from seven yards out to Trask, who scored. Heather Nelson was the next Lion to draw a score, as she shot the ball from five yards out off of the defender. This is Nelson's first game-winning goal on the season. The only player from UC Irvine to score on Yukihiro was Mary Peters, as she tried to get her team back into the game with her 70th-minute header to score.
Sophomore forward Shari Nishikawa leads the Lions in assists this season with two. She also scored one goal for the Lions in their 3-2 win over #24 Michigan in the first game of the season. Nishikawa is one of only two Lions to have started in all six of the Lions' games this season. A native of Kaneohe, HI, Nishikawa is a pre-veterinarian major at LMU.
LMU Head Coach
Gregg Murphy is in his sixth 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 his first year in Westchester. Murphy's record at LMU now reads 55-37-8, while his career coaching record, which spans eleven seasons, stands at 113-89-12. An outstanding recruiter, Murphy's 2000 class was ranked 10th best in the West Region by Soccer Buzz. Murphy is a 1986 graduate of Chapman University.
Cal State Northridge is currently on a four-game winning streak. With shutouts of Nevada (2-0) Duqueene (1-0), St. Boneventure (2-0) and Fresno State (2-0), and a 3-2 win over Hawaii, the Matadors are looking to put up a fight with the Lions on Friday. CSUN also tied a game (0-0) with fellow WCC foe, Pepperdine this season. The Matadors are led by Lisa Gouvela with three goals and Shannon DeVos is the season assist leader with three. Their head coach, Allison Lee, has just become the winningest coach of women's soccer history at CSUN with her 21st win with the Matadors. Her career record reads 22-14-7.
Women of Troy Woes
The Trojans went 2-1last week with a 1-0 loss at No. 18 San Diego on Sept. 18, a 3-2 win at home in overtime against UC Irvine on Sept. 21 and a 3-1 win at home against Oakland on Sept. 23. San Diego scored the lone goal at 67:19 when Katie Allen picked up a turnover by USC freshman Kaitlyn Pruett, scoring from 30 yards out in Tuesday's match. USC got out to an early start against UCI on Friday when junior Brittany Savelkoul scored at 4:43. Three goals were scored in a three-minute span with the final one coming at 19:40 when UCI's Hayley McNallan tied the game at 2-2. Sophomore Jessica Edwards scored the game-winner in overtime at 103:51 during a scramble in front of the goal. The Trojans made it a modest two-game winning streak on Sunday with the win against Oakland. Edwards scored the first goal on a header off a right cross from junior Ali Fennell. After Oakland tied the match in the second half, the Trojans put the game away on goals by freshman Lindsey Green and junior Jackie Fodor.