Conference Play Kicks Off at Pepperdine
Lions face the Waves in opening weekend of WCC action.
Oct. 7, 2005
The LMU women's soccer team opens conference play with local rival Pepperdine this Sunday in Malibu. The Lions are looking to extend their winning streak after a 1-0 win on Sunday against Utah. Last season, LMU and Pepperdine battled 110 minutes to a 1-1 tie at Sullivan Field.
A Look Back
The Lions had another weekend split, dropping a 3-0 decision at USC before rebounding with a 1-0 win over Utah. Kelly Lewandowski scored the game's only goal in the first half off of an assist by Lori Sims. The successful shot was LMU's only shot on goal in the game. Joslyn Slovek made four saves to record her fifth shutout of the season.
The Waves have a 9-1-1 record this season, and are coming off of their first loss of the season. Pepperdine dropped a 2-1 decision to UCLA on Sunday after going 9-0-1 in their first 10 games. Megan Woods leads Pepperdine in scoring with seven goals and six assists, and Lindsey Redlin has six goals and four assists on the season. Anna Picarelli has recorded four shutouts in goal and has a 0.72 GAA.
The Key To Victory Is...
Not allowing a goal. Sounds like an obvious concept, but for the Lions this year, it has been the rule. All four LMU victories have been shutouts. LMU has not won a single game in which they have allowed a goal. After opening the season with a 0-0 tie against Indiana, the Lions have won every game in which they shutout the other team.
On the Road Again
The road hasn't been a kind place to the Lions this season or last. LMU is 0-3-1 away from Sullivan Field this season, and went 1-4-2 on the road last season. The Lions are looking to stop that trend this weekend when they head to Malibu to face Pepperdine.
Jennifer Horn Honored by Soccer Buzz
Senior defender Jennifer Horn was selected to Soccer Buzz's Team of the Week after earning Defensive MVP honors at the LMU-Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament. She led LMU to two shutout victories, and scored the game-winning goal against then-#29 Georgia. It is the first such honor for Horn who was also named the Defensive MVP of the LMU Tournament last year.
As the only team to go 2-0 in the LMU-Four Points Sheraton Culver City Tournament, LMU had four players named to the All-Tournament team. Jennifer Horn was named the Defensive MVP for the second straight year, and Lori Sims was named the co-Offensive MVP. Tana Smothermon and Joslyn Slovek were also named to the All-Tournament Team.
All About the Overtime
The Lions opened their season with five straight double-overtime games, and the sixth game ended after just one overtime period. The six straight overtimes to start the season marks a WCC record, but the double overtime concept is not foreign to the Lions. Last season, LMU played in five double overtime games, and another two games that ended in a single overtime period. The 2003 squad played three double overtime games, and the 2002 team also appeared in five double overtime games. The Lions have not played overtime at all after the first six games of the season.
The Lions continue conference play, returning to Sullivan Field to host Portland (Oct. 14) and Gonzaga (Oct. 16). Both teams are off to the best start in program history. Portland is 11-0 and ranked #2 in the nation, and Gonzaga is 8-2-1 heading into WCC action.
Win Number 150
LMU Head Coach Gregg Murphy recorded his 150th career win with the 2-0 victory over UC Riverside. In his 16th year, Murphy coached at Chapman College before coming to LMU. He is in his 10th season with the Lions.
Throughout the season, senior Kellie Schroeder will be writing a diary on the LMU website. Her journal will give fans an inside peak into the LMU women's soccer team. Be sure to check the LMU website at www.LMULions.com for Schroeder's latest entry.
Follow the Lions all season with GameTracker for Women's Soccer. During any LMU home game, you can get the up-to-the-minute score, as well as updated game stats and a play by play. For more information, go to www.LMULions.com.
Climbing the Charts
Several current players started the season in the top 10 of several LMU career statistical categories and are making their way up the charts. Lori Sims sits in the top 10 of the goals, assists and points list, and her goal against UC Riverside moved her closer to the top. She is now the second all-time goal scorer in school history with 18 goals, and her 49 career points puts her in second place. She needs just two goals and two points to tie for the top of both the goals and points lists. Kelly Lewandowski is moving up the charts as well. Her 16 career goals is 3rd all time, and her 38 career points is 6th.
LMU's freshmen are slowly making their way into the Lion lineup. Freshman Allyssa Clark made her season debut against the Women of Troy, starting in between the pipes for LMU. Rookie Lauren Shanklin saw action for the first time against Georgia, and freshman Amanda Lernor made her season debut against Princeton, starting at defense for the Lions. She played all 92 minutes of the game.
As a member of the West Coast Conference, LMU's schedule is one of the toughest in the country. Six 2005 opponents are currently ranked in Soccer Buzz's top 30 poll this week, including three WCC opponents. In addition, Florida State (#6), Cal Poly (#20) and USC (#27) are all ranked among the nation's top teams. Other opponents have been ranked so far this season - Princeton, Utah, Georgia, Cal State Fullerton and San Diego have all seen time in the top 25. Every team that has handed the Lions a loss has been ranked in the top 30 at some point this season.
Sullivan Field Upgrades
Fans to Sullivan Field will notice a few changes to the atmosphere this season. Brand new banners on the back on the bleachers welcome fans to the "Home of the Lions." In addition, a new scoreboard has been installed. This season, the Lions play 12 of their 20 games at Sullivan Field.
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