Sept. 30, 2009
Complete Release in PDF Format
LMU (7-3-1) at Arizona (3-6-1)
Friday, October 2 7:00 p.m.
Murphey Field at Mulcahy Soccer Stadium Tucson, Ariz.
Gametracker and live video available on ArizonaAthletics.com
Having played two games each week since the end of August, LMU takes a little respite from all of the contests, playing a solitary match in each of the next two weeks. This week, the Lions close out non-conference play with a trip to Arizona on Friday at 7 p.m.
There are two TEAM LMU Games of the Week on the docket: Thursday's women's volleyball match against 20th-ranked San Diego and Friday men's soccer match against San Francisco. Both games are sponsored by Career Development Services. The purpose of TEAM LMU is to bring Lion fans together as one, creating an atmosphere that helps build the Lions into champions, while allowing all to enjoy the benefits of our corporate partners. For more information about TEAM LMU, log on to www.LMULions.com/teamlmu.
Guide Available Online
The 2009 LMU women's soccer guide is now available online for viewing and download at www.LMULions.com. This is the only source of copies of the guide.
Last Week Recap
LMU ran its home winning streak (and home shutout streak) to six games with a pair of shutout victories last week. On Friday, LMU hosted defending Big West Conference champions and 2008 NCAA Tournament participants Long Beach State. In a game devoid of many true scoring chances, freshman Kelsey Wilson's 22nd-minute free kick was all the Lions would need. The build-up to the goal saw junior Julie Gallaudet brought down at the edge of the 18-yard box in the 21st minute. With the ball placed in the middle of the field, Wilson could choose to curl it around the wall and into the upper right corner or try to beat the goalie to the upper left side. She chose the latter, using a combination of power and precision to send her left-footed shot past LBSU goalie Nicoline Jorgensen and put the hosts in front.
Senior Allyssa Clark, meanwhile, was not called into action to make a save all game, although she and the LMU defense did have to deal with a final-minute push by the 49ers. With 45 seconds on the clock, LBSU won a corner kick and sent everybody, including the goalkeeper, into the penalty area. After a mad scramble that saw Clark pulled off her line, LBSU's Markie Gleason sent a shot past Clark but sophomore Marissa Zamora came to the rescue, clearing the ball before it could reach the goalline. The threat wasn't over, however, as the clearance fell to Nicole Sweetman, whose shot was deflected out by a defender for another corner. Time ran out on the 49ers before they could get the second corner away.
Sunday's 3-0 victory over Cal State Bakersfield was less dramatic. LMU looked to get off to an early start and that's exactly what it got with Gallaudet's opener within the first minute. LMU took the opening kick-off and marched into Roadrunner territory to win a corner. Lawson swung in the corner from the left side to freshman Cori McGovern, who rose up above everyone but her powerful header came back off the post. Gallaudet was the first to react, one-timing her rebound from within the six-yard box for her second goal of the season, just 45 seconds into the match.
LMU's speed up front in Gallaudet, Lawson, and Rementer wreaked havoc on Bakersfield's defense all day. It was that speed from Rementer that put the Lions up 2-0 in the 11th minute. Taking on the defense by herself, she beat two defenders and stung a shot that was parried by CSUB goalkeeper Kym Gause. The rebound came straight to Rementer, who slotted home into an empty net for her fifth goal of the season and seventh of her career. The Lions seemed poised to score on every offensive foray and the Gallaudet-Lawson connection led to LMU's third in the 25th minute. Gallaudet outpaced the defense down the left side and crossed into the box, where Lawson was waiting to direct her header past Gause into the lower right corner. Clark and sophomore Katie Beaulieu combined on the clean sheet, running LMU's home shutout streak to 554 minutes, dating back to last season.
?About the Arizona Wildcats (3-6-1)
Arizona spent last weekend on California's Central Coast, splitting its matches at UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. Against UCSB, Jessica Culver gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the first half and Renae Cuellar made it 2-0 just after halftime. UCSB pulled a goal back and held an 11-4 shot advantage but the UA defense held tough in the 2-1 victory. Against the Mustangs, it was Arizona who had more shots (9-6) but Cal Poly scored on half of its attempts, winning 3-0. Cuellar leads the Wildcats with six goals and 12 points this year while Wharf has a GAA of 2.14.
Arizona went 9-11-0 last season, placing ninth in the Pac-10 with a 2-7-0 record. This will be the fifth all-time meeting between the Lions and Wildcats, with each side having won twice. UA took the first two but the Lions have won the last two, including a 3-2 double-overtime victory at home in 2000. LMU has already faced two teams from the state of Arizona and three teams from the Pac-10 this season. The Lions had an exhibition match at Arizona State to start the year, then beat Northern Arizona 3-0 at home. The other Pac-10 opponents were losses to Oregon and Oregon State.
Julie Gallaudet Named WCC Player of the Week
Junior Julie Gallaudet has been named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week for September 21-27 after leading LMU to a pair of victories last week, the conference office announced Monday. She played a part in three of LMU's four goals on the week as the Lions posted a 2-0 record with a pair of shutouts. On Friday against Long Beach State, it was Gallaudet who was fouled just outside the penalty area, leading to Kelsey Wilson's free-kick goal in a 1-0 Lion win. Gallaudet played a more active role in Sunday's 3-0 defeat of Cal State Bakersfield, scoring once and assisting on another. She opened the scoring just 45 seconds into the contest with her second goal of the season. Later, she helped cap three LMU goals in the opening 25 minutes by serving a cross for Kelley Lawson's header. Gallaudet is the first LMU women's soccer player to earn the award this season and this is her first player of the week award.
Home Streak Now at Six
A six-match home winning streak might not seem that impressive but if you add in the fact that none of the visiting teams in those six games have scored? Now we're talking something special. So far in 2009, LMU is 5-0-0 at home and has yet to be scored upon at Sullivan Field. That means that, going back to last season's 2-0 season finale shutout of Saint Mary's, LMU has not allowed a goal in its last six home matches. By the time the Lions take the field against Gonzaga on October 16, it will have been over 555 minutes that the Lions had last conceded a home goal. In fact, since Joe Mallia took the helm in 2007, the Lions have conceded just six goals in 25 matches at Sullivan Field, while never allowing more than one in a game.
Defending Their Turf
The shutout streak leads us into our next segment. Sullivan Field has been Home Sweet Home for the Lions, who have lost just one game in the stadium in each of the last two seasons. The Lions' 3-0 win over Northern Arizona in this year's home opener meant that they are now 9-4-4 in home openers and 4-1-3 since 2001. With a perfect 5-0-0 record at home thus far in 2009, that means that overall in two years under Mallia, LMU is 21-2-2 at Sullivan Field.
Lions in the Regional Rankings
LMU opened the 2009 season ranked fifth in the NSCAA West Region poll. After dropping to as low as ninth, the Lions have rallied and are now fourth in the September 28 poll. For all 13 weeks last season, LMU bounced between the "receiving votes" category and top-15 for the Soccerbuzz.com West Region rankings. This week's ranking runs their streak of consecutive weeks in any West Rankings to 27.
Lions in the National Rankings
Thanks to its 7-3-1 start, LMU has returned, kind of, to the national rankings. With one vote from the NSCAA/adidas voters, LMU is in the "Also receiving votes" category. This marks the first time since the now-defunct Soccerbuzz.com 2008 preseason poll that LMU has been listed in any of the national polls.
Shots Ring Out
If LMU keeps up its current pace, opposing goalkeepers are going to have their work cut out for them. The Lions have attempted 132 shots over their first nine matches, an average of 12.0 per game, and unleashed 10 or more shots in each of their first five games and seven overall. Why is that significant? Well, in 19 games last year, LMU topped 10 shots just seven times, and only once did they do it in back-to-back games. LMU last put up five straight games of double-digit shots in 2007, when they had 11 games of 10+ shots and finished with 228 for the year, an average of 12.0 per game.
Perhaps this is a no-brainer but, in five of LMU's seven victories in 2009, the Lions have held the shot advantage. In games where the opponent attempts more shots? LMU is 1-3-0. In other words, LMU outshooting its opponent usually leads to victory.
Rising to the Top
Sophomore Erin Rementer has taken over the reigns as LMU leading scorer with five goals and 10 points. After scoring twice as a freshman in 2008, Rementer went on a tear, scoring four goals in a five-match stretch, starting with her second half goal against Northern Arizona on August 30. She followed that up with the game-winner in overtime to .defeat Vermont and then had her first career two-goal game at Oregon on September 11. Her multi-goal performance against the Ducks helped earn her a place on the Oregon Nike Tournament All-Tournament Team.
All told, from the second half of the Northern Arizona game through to the end of the Oregon match, she had four of the team's five goals, with all coming in a stretch of 300 team minutes. Her four goals came on just seven shot attempts. She is currently tied for fifth in the WCC in goals and points.
Gallaudet Picks Up Where She Left Off
Junior Julie Gallaudet wasted no time in finding her form from last season, scoring LMU's second goal in the season-opening win at UNLV. She then tied the school record with three assists against Northern Arizona, equalling the feat of Cindy Carullo in 1993 and Jessica Lyon in 1997. Gallaudet, who led the Lions with five goals and 14 points in 2008, is currently tied atop on the Lions' scoring charts with two goals and six assists for 10 points. Her six assists lead the WCC and already put her in a tie for fifth on the LMU single-season top-10 while she is tied for eighth on the LMU career list with 10 assists. Gallaudet also has seven goals for her career, tied for second among active players behind senior Lacey Bartels' eight.
More Clean Sheets for Clark
Speaking of picking up where she left off, senior Allyssa Clark has yet to give up a goal in an LMU victory this year, posting a league-best six solo shutouts. She also leads the conference with 49 saves, an average of 4.45 per game. Adding to her eight clean sheets from last year, her 14 career shutouts rank fourth all-time at LMU, as do her 17 goalkeeper wins. She also became the fifth player to go over the century mark in saves and now sits fifth with 146.
Against Oregon State on September 13, Clark made a career-high 11 saves, topping her previous high of 10, set last September 25 at #5 USC. She followed that up with nine saves in the Lions' 1-0 upset of #26 Missouri, including stopping a penalty kick that would have tied the game.
The World According to Barts
Senior Lacey Bartels has more or less flown under the radar for her entire career, despite being LMU's active leader in goals. Her game-winner against #26 Missouri was the eighth goal of her career, putting her one ahead of Erin Rementer and Julie Gallaudet. Her 22 career points (8 G, 6 A) are second to Gallaudet's 24.
Getting off the Ranked Schneid
Bartels' game-winning goal against Missouri not only handed LMU the win over a ranked opponent but also halted the Lions' 10-game winless streak over a nationally-ranked foe. LMU hadn't defeated a top-30 opponent since beating #16 USC 2-1 on Sept. 24, 2006, so taking down the 26th-ranked Tigers was a welcome sight.
Tiffany Harrison, Game Winner
As generalities go, it is safe to say that when Tiffany Harrison scores, LMU will win. The senior has six collegiate goals to her credit and LMU has yet to taste defeat with her on the scoresheet, going 5-0-1. In fact, Harrison has been the main cause of those wins and tie. After scoring the game's only goal against Houston, her last three goals have all been game-winners.
McGovern Makes Quite a Debut
Quick, what do Cori McGovern and Tiffany Harrison have in common? The answer is that they are the last two Lions to score in their collegiate debuts. Harrison, now a senior, netted her first career goal in her debut three years ago while McGovern registered LMU's first tally of the season at UNLV, latching on to a long throw in the 51st minute to put the Lions on the road to a 2-0 victory.