Farewell Weekend For Women's Soccer Seniors
Weekly Release: Women's soccer gets set for final weekend of regular season.
Nov. 7, 2001
The Lions are looking to rebound after suffering a 1-0 loss at Pepperdine on Sunday. Even though they outshot the Waves 10-12, one goal made the difference for the Waves. Stephanie Tobin led the Lions offensive charge with three shots-on-goal, and Elizabeth Skhal collected five saves for the defense.
Women's soccer returns home this weekend for the last weekend of the regular season. They are set to host the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Friday at 2:00 p.m., then on Sunday they host the third-ranked Portland Pilots. Eight LMU seniors will bid farewell to their collegiate careers as Lions on Sunday as well.
Junior midfielder Tasha Spangler's goal at the 89:29 mark lifted No. 20 Pepperdine to a 1-0 victory over Loyola Marymount Sunday afternoon at Tari Frahm Rokus Field in Malibu. The win improved Pepperdine to 10-3-3 on the season and 2-3 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play, while Loyola Marymount dropped to 6-9-0 overall and 2-4 in conference action. Following a defensive struggle in the first half in which both teams combined for just five shots, the offenses got untracked in the second period, combining for 17 shots and culminating with Spangler's game-winner after receiving a touch from freshman midfielder Jenna Ainsworth. Pepperdine senior goalkeeper Lindsey Brouillette recorded 10 saves in the match and registered her sixth shutout of the year, establishing a single-season school record. Brouillette eclipsed the previous mark of five that was shared by Cheri Phillips (2000) and Dianna Prince (1993). The Lions were led by Stephanie Tobin, as she took three shots-on-goal in the battle. LMU outshot the Waves 12-10 on the match, but Spangler's single notch made the difference for the Waves. Elizabeth Skhal took her post in front of the net for LMU, as she collected five saves and allowed only one goal.
This weekend marks the final games of the regular season, and of the college careers for senior soccer players. This year the team bids farewell wo eight senior, including Shaina Nishimoto, Erica Florez, Heather Nelson, Erin Fahey, Julie Prunk, Amanda Shellenberger, Kerri Tanksley, and Allison Marra. Each of these players have had an instrumental role in the Lions' offense and defense throughout their careers as Lions, and their absence will be felt on the team.
LMU Head Coach
Gregg Murphy is in his sixth 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 his first year in Westchester. Murphy's record at LMU now reads 58-41-8, while his career coaching record, which spans eleven seasons, stands at 116-93-12. An outstanding recruiter, Murphy's 2000 class was ranked 10th best in the West Region by Soccer Buzz. Murphy is a 1986 graduate of Chapman University.
The Low-Down on the Bulldogs
The Gonzaga University women's soccer team (0-12-2) tallied their second 0-0 non-conference tie of the season in double overtime against Eastern Washington University (2-12-1) Wednesday afternoon at Cheney, Wash. The Bulldogs pelted the Eagles defense with 12 first-half shots, finishing with a 20-10 shot advantage. Freshman forward Natalie Hardin who has contributed two of the Zags five goals this season had a shot tagged for the net late in the second half barely saved by Eagles goalkeeper Jonna Melton. Annie Hawkins, Sarah Hawkins, Laura Morin, Claire Whitfield, and Heidi Safadago contributed three shots each for Gonzaga. Bulldog goalkeeper Brooke Longacre made six saves on her way to earning her second shutout of the season. Eagles goalkeeper Jonna Melton collected 10 saves.
Christine Sinclair scored two first-half goals Sunday, leading Portland (14-3-0/3-2-0) to a 3-0 West Coast Conference win over Gonzaga (0-13-2/0-5-0). Sinclair scored 7:12 into the match, and after a Betsy Barr goal in the 28th minute, Sinclair capped Portland's scoring at 37:14. Portland outshot the Bulldogs 28-5 in the match, forcing nine saves from Gonzaga's Brooke Longacre. Sinclair's first goal was started by Erin Misaki's through-ball into the box. The perfect lead-pass found Sinclair alone to the right of the goal, and the Canadian freshman angled her shot far post past Longacre. The score doubled at 27:54 when Barr pounded home a deflected cross. Longacre had punched away Portland's cross from the endline, but the ball popped out to Barr at the top of the box. With Longacre shielded in traffic, Barr had an easy 12-yard shot. Emily Patterson's slick leading pass was one-touched by Sinclair for Portland's 3-0 lead. Cristin Shea made five saves for Portland's shutout.