Women's Soccer Hosts Portland, Santa Clara in Final WCC Games

Tawni Martino

Oct. 27, 2011

LOS ANGELES - WCC play concludes this week for the Lions (7-8-2, 1-4-1 WCC) as they play host to Portland (7-8-1, 3-2-0 WCC) on Friday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. and Santa Clara (11-1-5, 4-0-1 WCC) on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.

LMU vs. Portland
Location: Sullivan Field
Date: Friday, Oct. 28
Time: 3 p.m.
Series: LMU trails 0-17-1
Last Result: Oct. 15, 2010 at Portland: L, 2-0
Live Audio: Lions' Audio Network
GameTracker: LMULions.com

LMU vs. Santa Clara
Location: Sullivan Field
Date: Sunday, Oct. 30
Time: 1 p.m.
Series: LMU trails 4-13-1
Last Result: Oct. 31, 2010 at Santa Clara: W, 2-0
Live Audio: Lions' Audio Network
GameTracker: LMULions.com

LMU suffered a pair of losses on the road last week, including a 3-0 final at BYU and a 2-1 final at San Diego. Brittany Jagger recorded double-digit saves for the second time this season against the Cougars, finishing with 10 in the match, but the Lions were out-shot 25-5 and BYU was able to score once in the first half and twice in the second. At San Diego, Jagger again had a big game, making nine saves on the day. A pair of freshmen teamed up for the Lion's goal as Emily Maletis scored her first collegiate goal off an assist from Linda Bakker. The goal tied the game 1-1 in the 20th minute, but it was USD that was able to break through for the game-winner, scoring in the 86th minute.



Brittany Jagger's 19 saves last week brings her season total to 82. With three games remaining on the 2011 schedule, that mark currently ranks No. 5 in LMU's single-season record book. Jagger would need just four more saves to move into a tie for fourth with current assistant coach Joslyn Slovek (2005, 86 saves) and seven more saves to move into a tie for third with Allyssa Clark (2009, 89 saves). The top two marks are 113, held by Celeste Adams (1994) and 95, held by Clark (2008).

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.

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 could make history Friday when they host the Portland Pilots at Sullivan Field. In 18 all-time meetings, LMU has never broken through with a win against the perennial national powerhouse. The only non-loss the Lions have managed was a scoreless draw against the then No. 5 Pilots in the final regular-season game of the 2006 season. Last season, then No. 2 Portland claimed a 2-0 win over LMU in Portland.

Winners of the last four WCC titles, Portland has struggled a bit this season and enters the week with a 7-8-1 overall record and 2-3-0 mark in WCC play. Last weekend, the Pilots fell 2-1 to then No. 12 Santa Clara as the Broncos scored the game-winner in the 85th minute. Portland bounced back to claim a 1-0 double-overtime win over San Francisco as Kaila Cameli scored just 37 seconds into the second overtime period. Cameli is one of four players who have scored four goals, including Micaela Capelle who also has a team-high seven assists. Danielle Foxhoven leads the Pilots with six goals.

While LMU's all-time record against Santa Clara stands at 4-13-1, the Lions have had success in recent years, winning two of the last three meetings.

Santa Clara enters the week with a 11-1-5 overall record and a 4-0-1 mark in WCC, good for second place behind Pepperdine. The Broncos and Waves meet Friday in a showdown of the league's top two teams. Santa Clara is riding a nine-game unbeaten streak, which has also included six shutouts. Last weekend the Broncos picked up a 2-1 win at Portland and 4-1 win at Gonzaga. Twelve players have contributed to Santa Clara's 35-goal total. That pack is let by Julie Johnston with nine goals and Sophia Huerta with seven. In goal, Bianca Henninger has 52 saves and a 0.66 goals against average.

The Lions final match of the season is Saturday, Nov. 5 against Seattle University. Kick off at Sullivan Field is 1 p.m.

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 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 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: http://www.lmulions.com/trads/PCH-Cup.html



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