Oct. 7, 2012
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Senior defender Dani Russell's goal in the 64th minute of action lifted the University of San Diego women's soccer team to a thrilling 1-0 victory over Loyola Marymount University Sunday afternoon in a West Coast Conference match at Sullivan Field.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 6-7-0 overall, remain perfect in WCC action at 2-0-0 and still have not trailed in a WCC contest for nine consecutive matches dating back to last season's championship run. With the loss, the Lions fall to 6-4-2 overall and 0-1-0 in the WCC.
Russell would tally her third goal of the season right when the Toreros needed it most. Sophomore defender Meghan O'Rourke took a free kick for the Toreros, and managed to ski the ball into a crowded goal box, where Russell got on the other end of it, and slipped the ball into the back of the net to give USD the victory.
LMU had their chances early on, as they earned a corner kick just 2:30 into the match. Emily Maletis and Darien Pyka both had early shots saved by Torero keeper McKenna Tollack and Whitney Sharpe had a blast from the right side of the box blocked by a USD defender, and despite all of this, the Torero defense proved to be an impenetrable force, as they pitched their third consecutive shutout.
USD was outshot 15-5, and LMU held a 13-7 edge in corner kicks, but still the Lions could not score off freshman goalkeeper Tollack, who picked up the win in goal for USD as he allowed no goals and recorded eight saves. Her counterpart, Brittany Jagger, was saddled with the loss for the Lions as she allowed one goal and recorded three saves.
The Toreros will return to action on Friday as they head to Moraga to take on Saint Mary's College in a 4 p.m. WCC match.