Lions Travel to BYU, San Diego

Brittney Sanford

Oct. 19, 2011

LOS ANGELES - Four WCC matches remain on the 2011 slate and this week, the LMU women's soccer team hits the road for the final time this season for two of those matches. Thursday, the Lions are at first-year WCC member BYU for a 6 p.m. PT kick off. LMU then travels to San Diego on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Location: Provo, Utah
Date: Thursday, Oct. 20
Time: 6 p.m. PT
Series: Series tied, 1-1
Last Result: Sept. 18, 2004 at LMU: W, 2-1
Live Audio:

LMU vs. San Diego
Location: San Diego, Calif.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 23
Time: 1 p.m.
Series: LMU trails 1-16-1
Last Result: Nov. 5, 2010 at LMU: L, 2-1 (ot)
Live Video: Toreros All-Access

LMU split a pair of WCC games last week, picking up a 2-1 win at Saint Mary's on Friday before falling 2-0 to unbeaten Pepperdine on Sunday. With the split result, the Lions are now 1-2-1 in the WCC, which puts them in sixth place in the highly contested conference standings. Darien Pyka and Brianne Medved scored for LMU against the Gaels, while Megan Gallagher and Amanda Dudley each earned an assist.



With their 0-0 draw against Gonzaga on Oct. 9, the Lions have posted seven shutouts this season, taking over sole possession of 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 five shutouts so far this season bring her career total to 14, just one shy of the No. 4 position in LMU's career record book.

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.

Sophomore Brittany Jagger is third among all WCC goalkeepers in shutouts (5) and in shutouts per game (0.33). She also ranks fourth in save percentage (.808) and total saves (63). As a team, the Lions are tied for second with Gonzaga with seven shutouts.

The fourth NCAA women's soccer RPI of the 2011 season was released Wednesday. The Lions, at 7-6-2, came in at No. 82. The WCC has seven teams ranked in the top 100 including Pepperdine at No. 9, Santa Clara at No. 24, BYU at No. 46, Portland at No. 53, San Diego at No. 55, the Lions and Saint Mary's at No. 96.

The battle for the 2011 conference crown, and an NCAA automatic bid, remains no easy feat. As WCC action continues 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. 4 in the latest NSCAA poll and No. 11 by Soccer America. Santa Clara is currently No. 12 in the NSCAA poll and No. 16 in 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 and Cougars of BYU have met just twice all-time, with each team claiming one victory. The first-ever meeting between the two sides took place in 1995 at a neutral site, and resulted in a 1-0 LMU win. During the 2004 season, BYU leveled the series record with a 2-1 win in Provo. This week's meeting is the first as conference opponents as BYU joined the WCC this fall.

BYU is 8-4-3 overall and 2-1-1 in WCC play. The Cougars have strung together a pair of three-game winning streaks this season. Their two conference wins have come against Portland, 2-1, and Gonzaga, 3-2. They also drew a 0-0 tie against then No. 13 Santa Clara. Carlee Payne leads BYU's attack with three goals and six assists. Jennie Marshall has four goals and three assists while 10 additional players have scored at least once. In goal, McKinzie Olson has four shutouts and a 0.83 goals against average.

The Lions will be looking to break a long streak against San Diego, having won just one match-up all-time. That victory took place in 2000, and resulted in a 3-2 double-overtime final at Sullivan Field. The 2010 match-up was one of six-all time meetings to go into extra time as USD's Stephanie Ochs scored the game-winner in the 95th minute.

San Diego enters the week with a 7-7-0 overall record and 2-1-0 mark in WCC play. The Toreros, who host Saint Mary's on Friday, snapped a five-game losing streak last weekend, claiming a 3-0 win over San Francisco and 2-1 win at Portland. Elissa Magracia scored twice in the win over the Dons and added an assist against the Pilots. Stephanie Ochs scored once in each game and tallied an assist in each game, earning WCC Player of the Week honors. Ochs now leads the Toreros with eight goals and four assists. Magracia has three goals and a team-high six assists.

The home stretch of WCC play and the 2011 season is right around the corner. The Lions host a three-game homestand to close out the regular-season, beginning with Portland on Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. Santa Clara then comes to town on Oct. 30 for LMU's final WCC match of the year.

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 included women's soccer on Sunday, Oct. 9 against Gonzaga. The game featured special promotions, giveaways and honor the history of LMU athletics and LMU women's soccer. The next Centennial Celebration Game will be men's soccer versus Gonzaga on Nov. 6. For more information, visit

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 three competitions, and currently lead the Lions, 4.5-0, in 2011-12. To learn more about the PCH Challenge and view the current scorecard, please visit:



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