Women's Soccer Looks for WCC Lead
Lions will host San Diego and No. 4 Santa Clara this weekend.
Oct. 23, 2002
Just Briefly Loyola Marymount posted a split during its Northwest trip last weekend, falling 1-0 to Portland and then defeating Gonzaga by the same score. Each of the Lions' last four games have ended by a 1-0 score, three of which were victories. This is largely due to the play of Kelly Yukihiro's defense in goal. She has posted four shutouts in the last seven games.
Up Next LMU will look to improve on its 2-1 WCC (9-4-2 overall) mark with a pair of matches at home versus San Diego and No. 4 Santa Clara, on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Friday's match is scheduled for 3 p.m., while Sunday's time is set for 1 p.m. A win over Santa Clara will lift LMU into a tie with the Broncos for first place in the league.
Lions Ranked Regionally
After handing Pepperdine its only loss, tieing USC and losing by just one goal to UCLA and Portland, the LMU Lions have earned the No. 9 ranking in the NSCAA/adidas West Regional Poll.
Freshmen Shine Freshman Kellie Schroeder has given the Lions an offense boost with two goals against No. 18 USC and the game-winner against UC Irvine and Gonzaga. Schroeder is part of the Lion recruiting class that was ranked as the seventh best incoming class by Soccer Buzz magazine. The Albuquerque, N.M. native leads the team with 10 points so far this season. Fellow freshman Kelly Lewandowski is second on the squad with nine points and four goals, while Lewandowski leads the squad with 17 shots on goal. LMU freshmen have combined for 28 of the team's 56 points.
Nishikawa Cracks The Record Book Junior Shari Nishikawa's is inching closer and closer to a spot in LMU history. The five assists she has already picked up this year gives her a total of eight career assists, which launches her into the top-10 on the all-time chart at LMU. Nishikawa is currently eighth on the career assists list tied with former Lion Bree McCann (1996-99). Nishikawa's team leading five assists this year is also among the best in the WCC. She is just four assists shy from claiming the top spot in the single-season record book. The current record is eight set by Cindy Carullo (1993-96) in 1993 and then matched by Jessica Lyon (1995-98) in 1997.
Extra Time...Again The Lions have played in five overtime matches so far this season. LMU is not phased by the extra time, if anything the extra minutes and sudden victory atmosphere just feeds the Lions frenzy. The Lions have not lost an overtime game this season, scoring two goals and owning a 3-0-2 record when playing the extra stanzas.
Defense Stands Strong The Lions defense continues to be one of the best in the WCC and nationally. LMU currently ranks second in the WCC and 15th in the NCAA in goals against average (0.69) and has allowed the second fewest goals (11) of any WCC member. Lion goalkeepers Elizabeth Skhal and Kelly Yukihiro have combined for eight shutouts this season, just one behind Portland for the league lead.
Weekend Review at No. 2 Portland 10/18/02 For the fourth consecutive year, LMU fell to Portland by one goal, this time by a score of 1-0 at Harry A. Merlo Field in Portland on Friday afternoon. The second-ranked Pilots outshot the Lions 20 to 2, putting endless pressure on sophomore goalie Kelly Yukihiro. Portland's Erin Misaki scored at the 28:06 mark of the first half on an assist by Lindsey Huie for the only tally of the afternoon. The Lions had their three-game unbeaten streak snapped. The Lions have played the Pilots tough the last four seasons but are still looking for their first win ever in Portland. In addition to this year's one-goal decision, it continues a trend that began in 1999 with a 2-1 loss at Sullivan Field. The Lions fell to the Pilots 1-0 in 2000 and then another 2-1 margin in 2001. Yukihiro kept the Lions within striking distance, recording five saves on the day.
at Gonzaga 10/20/02 The Lions earned a 1-0 victory over Gonzaga last Sunday afternoon at Martin Field. Gonzaga and LMU fought to a 0-0 first-half tie as the match remained scoreless for much of the second half. LMU freshman forward Kellie Schroeder came off the bench to give the Lions the game-winning goal at 64:16 on a short cross from fellow freshman Lori Sims. The Lions outshot the Bulldogs 13-2 as Bulldog goalkeeper Ashley Haugen picked up six saves while Lion goalkeeper Kelly Yukihiro tallied one. Yukihiro notched the win and her fifth shutout of the year.
LMU Head Coach Gregg Murphy is in his seventh 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 two of his years in Westchester. Murphy's record at LMU now stands at 69-47-10, while his career coaching record, which spans eleven seasons, stands at 127-99-14. An outstanding recruiter, Murphy's 2002 class was ranked seventh best in the West Region by SoccerBuzz. Murphy is a 1986 graduate of Chapman University.
About The Toreros (8-5-2, 1-2 WCC) San Diego will begin a four-game road trip starting with a two hour ride north to face Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine this weekend. USD has handled these two teams in the past, owning a 7-1-1 record against the Lions and a 7-1 record against the Waves in conference play. The last time USD visited LMU, the Toreros lost 3-2 in 2OT. The Toreros have been streakless their last eight games, alternating wins and loses the last five. With two more wins, USD can join Santa Clara and Portland as the only WCC teams to post double-digit wins each of the last five seasons.
About The No. 4 Broncos (11-3-1, 3-0 WCC) The Broncos were unscathed through the weekend after convincing wins over San Diego (3-1) and San Francisco (6-0). Santa Clara is the WCC's lone undefeated team in league play. The six goals against San Francisco on Sunday was the team's largest offensive output of the season and is tops in conference play. SCU takes a four-game winning streak into arguably the toughest road trip of the year as the Broncos visit Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount this weekend. The Broncos hold a 7-2 advantage all-time over LMU, but the teams have split their last two meetings.