Oct. 26, 2004
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The Lions will play their final two home games this week, hosting non-conference opponent Detroit on Thursday at 2:00pm, before playing #5 Santa Clara on Sunday at 1:00pm. LMU will honor its seniors before the start of Sunday's game.
The Titans are 10-5-1 on the year, falling to UW-Milwaukee, 2-1, last weekend to finish in second place in the Horizon League with a 6-1 record. The Titans have a powerful offense that averages 2.51 goals per game, led by Mary Parker who has scored 16 goals on the season. Shelly Piccirillo and Elizabeth Hardy each have five goals and five assists on the year. Mandi Jasky has registered eight assists. Alisson Dube has a 1.16 GAA, with a .830 save percentage. Earlier this season, Detroit defeated Cleveland State 13-0. The Titans have had two six-goal games.
Scouting Santa Clara
The #5 Broncos are 11-4-2 on the season, and tied for first place in the WCC with a 4-1 conference record. They are coming off of a 1-0 win over Portland on Sunday. SCU will play San Jose State on Tuesday night before heading down to Southern California. Tina Estrada leads the Broncos with seven goals and three assists on the season, while Leslie Osborne has six goals and an assist. Tiffany Roberts is the reigning WCC Player of the Week for her game-winning goal against Portland, her first of the season. Julie Ryder has played a majority of minutes in goal for SCU, earning a 0.82 GAA, and a .700 save percentage.
A Look Into The Record Books
Several Lions are making their marks on the career record books. Junior Lori Sims is slowly climbing up the LMU single season and career record books. The junior from Corona has recorded eight goals this season, ranking her third on the single season chart. The LMU record for goals in a season is 10, set by Cindy Carullo in 1993. Sims' 22 points on the year sets her in second place for points in a season. Her 14 career goals and 38 career points puts her in the top 5 of each category as a junior. Juniors Kellie Schroeder has moved up to third all-time with 14 career goals, while Kelly Lewandowski has 13 career goals which ties her for sixth all-time. Schroeder (29 pts) and Lewandowski (30 pts) sit in the top 10 for career points.
A Look Back
The Lions returned to their winning ways, recording two shutout victories over San Francisco and Saint Mary's to move up to fourth place in the WCC. The Lions dominated USF in the 3-0 win. USF did not record a single shot on goal in the game, and Whitney Temple and Sara Aldama recorded their first goals of the year. It was the first career goal for defender Aldama.
Lori Sims scored an unassisted goal to start the second half to lead the Lions to the 1-0 win over Saint Mary's. Sims dribbled through the SMC defense and launched a hard shot from 20 yards out for the eventual game winning goal.
Kelly Yukihiro recorded both shutouts to improve her record to 7-4 on the year with five shutouts. The senior goalkeeper now has 18.5 career shutouts.
Hat Tricks Galore
After just one hat trick in the 11 year history of LMU women's soccer, the 2004 squad has had two hat tricks so far this year. Kellie Schroeder recorded the second hat trick in the 4-1 win over Northern Colorado on September 10th, while Lori Sims earned her first hat trick in the 3-0 win over Oregon State.
A Look Ahead
The Lions wrap up the regular season next week with their final game at San Diego on Friday, November 5th at 5:00pm.
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.
LMU Head Coach Gregg Murphy
One of the outstanding young minds in college soccer, Gregg Murphy begins his ninth season as head coach of the LMU women's soccer program.
Murphy, who assumed coaching responsibilities in July 1996, came to LMU after serving a successful stint as head coach of both the men's and women's programs at Chapman University in Orange, Calif. He boasts a wealth of experience as both a player and a coach.
Murphy's success as a coach, and the success of his players on the field, has brought unparalled success to LMU. His teams have seen greater accomplishments with each passing season. The past eight seasons the Lions have been dominate at Sullivan Field, winning more than 65 percent of their games (41-20-7). To date Murphy's record at LMU stands at an impressive 88-63-17.
In eight seasons, he has led the team to a winning record in six of those campaigns. In 2002, Murphy led the Lions to their first ever postseason appearance. Murphy and the Lions were selected as an at-large team to the 2002 NCAA College Cup Tournament.
During the 2000 season he enjoyed the 100th win of his career against UNLV, and led the Lions to their best-ever finish in conference history (5-2), including a shutout victory against nationally ranked Santa Clara (No. 22). They finished the season ahead of Santa Clara and San Diego in the WCC, both of whom earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament. In 1999, Murphy led the Lions to a 13-6 mark that included a national ranking at No. 19. In 1998, the Lions posted their best record ever at 12-2-5, not losing a game at home (6-0-4). In that season, for the first time in LMU women's soccer history, the squad was ranked among national leaders in three different categories (No. 3 in shutouts per game-0.68, No. 9 in team defense-0.58 GAA, No. 23 in winning percentage-76.3).