WCC Action Gets Underway This Weekend

LMU Women's Soccer

Oct. 6, 2011

LOS ANGELES - The quest for the 2011 WCC women's soccer title begins this week as the Lions open conference play at San Francisco on Friday, Oct. 7. LMU returns home Sunday, hosting Gonzaga at 1 p.m. at Sullivan Field. That match also serves as LMU's women's soccer Centennial Celebration Game.

LMU at San Francisco
Location: San Francisco, Calif.
Date: Friday, Oct. 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Series: LMU leads 12-4-2
Last Result: Oct. 24, 2010 at LMU: T, 0-0
Live Stats: USFDons.com



LMU vs. Gonzaga
Location: Sullivan Field
Date: Sunday, Oct. 9
Time: 1 p.m.
Series: LMU leads 14-3-2
Last Result: Oct. 17, 2010 at Gonzaga: L, 2-1
Live Audio: Lions' Audio Network
GameTracker: LMULions.com

Losing streaks are uncommon in recent years of LMU women's soccer, so the Lions will be looking to right their ship this week after falling 2-1 in overtime to UNLV last week. The loss to the Rebels was the third straight after previous losses to then No. 2 UCLA and Cal State Northridge. In Las Vegas, the Lions went down 1-0 on a goal at the 51:27 mark. Less than 30 seconds later, Tawni Martino evened the score with her team-leading fourth goal of the year. But it was the Rebels who found the game-winner, scoring eight minutes into the first golden-goal overtime period.

Tawni Martino scored her 12th career goal on Oct. 2 at UNLV, moving her into a three-way tie for the 10th most goals scored in LMU's all-time record book. Meanwhile, the sophomore took over sole possession of second in career game-winning goals when she netted her sixth all-time in a 3-0 win over Long Island University on Aug. 26. The all-time LMU record of nine is held by Kelly Lewandowski (2002-05).

Brittany Jagger made a career-high 13 saves on Sept. 17 against UCLA. Her mark was just three off the LMU all-time single-game record of 16, set by Kerry Yarak in 1993, and now ranks No. 2 in the LMU record book. Jagger's own previous record was 11, set in 2010 against Utah.

The Lions have posted six shutouts in 11 games played this season, already moving into a tie for 10th in the LMU single-season record book. The all-time single-season team record is 13 shutouts, set by the 1998 squad. Individually, Brittany Jagger's four shutouts so far this season bring her career total to 13, just two shy of the No. 4 position in LMU's career record book.

Sophomore Brittany Jagger is tied for second among all WCC goalkeepers in shutouts (4) while ranking second in shutouts per game (0.36), third in save percentage (.831) in saves per game (4.45). She also ranks fourth in total saves (49) and goals against average (0.95). As a team, the Lions are in a three-way tie for first with Gonzaga and Santa Clara with six shutouts.

The second NCAA women's soccer RPI of the 2011 season was released Wendesday. The Lions, at 6-4-1, including a 3-1-0 road record, came in at No. 75. The WCC has seven teams ranked in the top 75 including Pepperdine at No. 12, Santa Clara at No. 25, Portland at No. 51, San Diego at No. 56, BYU at No. 65, Saint Mary's at No. 66 and the Lions.

The battle for the 2011 conference crown, and an NCAA automatic bid, will be no easy feat. As WCC action gets underway this week, both Pepperdine and Santa Clara are ranked among the nation's top 25 while the remaining seven squads are kicking at their heals. Undefeated Pepperdine is ranked No. 8 in the latest NSCAA poll and No. 17 by Soccer America. Santa Clara is currently No. 14 in the NSCAA poll and No. 20 I the Soccer America poll. Seven of the nine WCC teams begin conference play with a .500 record or better and with just one round of action, each and every game will be key.

The Lions hold a 12-4-2 all-time record against San Francisco, including a 12-game win streak from 1998 through 2009. All 12 of those games were shutout victories for the Lions. A scoreless draw in 2010 stretches LMU shutout streak against the Dons to 13.

San Francisco enters the week with a 3-8-0 overall record and is coming off three consecutive losses. Last weekend in Seattle, the Dons fell 1-0 to Seattle and 4-2 to Washington. Wins earned by the Dons this season include a 4-1 decision over Kent State, a 2-0 shutout of Nevada and a 2-0 shutout of Portland State. Mackenzie Kreiser leads the team with four goals and two assists while Christina Moberg has added three goals and two assists. San Francisco has scored 13 total goals on the year, but has conceded 23. A trio of players have seen time in goal with Gabby Guaiumi earning the majority of the minutes. Guaiumi has made 41 saves but allowed 18 goals in nine games (806 minutes).

LMU has had the upper hand over Gonzaga over the years, holding a 14-3-2 all-time series record. The Lions won four straight from 2006-09 before the Bulldogs snapped that streak in 2010 with a 2-1 win in Spokane. Gonzaga took a 1-0 lead into the half, then doubled that with a second-half goal by Emily Hutchins. Jordan Nelson got the Lions on the board in the 85th minute, but it was too little, too late as LMU could not complete the comeback.

Gonzaga enters the week with a 7-4-0 record and is riding a three-game shutout win streak. After opening the season with a pair of losses, the Bulldogs strung together four consecutive wins, including three shutouts. They fell 2-1 to Washington State and 3-1 to Washington, but have bounced back with recent wins over Idaho, Seattle and Montana. Goalkeeper Susan Brown leads the WCC with six shutouts. She also has 54 saves and a 1.07 goals against average. Four players have scored multiple goals, led by Emma Dolcetti with four. Sarah Rhodes has a team-high six assists.

The Lions travel to face Saint Mary's on Friday, Oct. 14 in Moraga, then return to Sullivan Field on Sunday, Oct. 16 to host Pepperdine. The WCC match against the Waves also serves as the women's soccer portion of the Wells Fargo PHC Cup Challenge.

LMU is celebrating its Centennial in 2011-12 and athletics will honor the anniversary all season long. LMUat100 will feature a Centennial Game for each of the varsity programs, which will include women's soccer on Sunday, Oct. 9 against Gonzaga. The game will feature special promotions, giveaways and honor the history of LMU athletics and LMU women's soccer. In addition, as a lead-up to the Oct. 9 game, a series of feature stories will be posted on LMULions.com, taking a look back and the history of the women's soccer program. For more information, visit LMULions.com/LMUat100.

Fans can still be a part of LMU's Centennial Celebration with the 2011-12 Centennial Scarf Season Ticket. Pick up the limited edition Centennial Scarf and gain access to more than 60 LMU home events, including the rest of the 2011 women's soccer season. For just $30 fans get the Centennial Scarf which is also a season ticket to five LMU programs, including men's and women's soccer, men's and women's water polo and women's volleyball. Stop by the ticket office or call 310-338-LION today!

Separated by 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, longtime cross-town adversaries Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine have come together in an effort to boost their decades-long rivalry with the creation of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Challenge. The series, which is in its third year, serves as an annual scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the Lions and Waves, and challenges each institution to rise above the other within the West Coast Conference. LMU and Pepperdine will be represented by over 12 of their intercollegiate athletic teams through both regular and post-season competitions over the course of the academic calendar. Any head-to-head competition, including matches in the post-season and tournaments throughout the year, will be counted toward the scoring and added to the scorecard as they occur. For the sports in which the two teams do not meet head-to-head, the teams will battle for points that will be awarded on the basis of overall finish at their respective post-season championships. The Waves have won each of the first two competitions, and currently lead the Lions, 1.5-0, in 2011-12. To learn more about the PCH Challenge and view the current scorecard, please visit: http://www.lmulions.com/trads/PCH-Cup.html



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