Last-Minute Goal Cuts Down Matadors at LMU, 1-0
Oct. 3, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - LMU's Lily Sorentino scored in the 90th minute of action to push the Lions to a 1-0 victory Friday afternoon over the Cal State Northridge women's soccer team (5-4-1). Sophomore Leah Elliott played well in net for the Matadors, making eight saves in the defeat to raise her season save percentage to .803.
With less than 30 seconds left in the game, LMU sent a cross into the box that deflected off a Northridge player and found Sorentino, who headed it into the net. The Lions held a 17-9 shot advantage in the match and won eight corners to the Matadors' four.
LMU controlled the pace of the game early, firing several shots on goal and forcing Elliott to make several early saves. The Lions had three corner kicks and four shots on goal 20 minutes into the game.
CSUN sophomore Erin Kelly provided the Matadors with their first true opportunity, firing a shot just high of target in the 25th minute. Senior Tryna Tafoya also rang a shot off the post early in the contest for Northridge.
Elliott made a huge save in the 40th minute when LMU's Gabrielle Parisella fired a shot to the upper corner of the net that Elliot successfully punched away from the post. Two minutes later, sophomore Katie Fox deflected a potential Lion shot on net. In all, Elliott finished the first half with five saves.
The Matadors nearly rang the scoreboard around the 60th minute. Following a corner kick by Tafoya, freshman Nancy Avesyan and Kelly each saw their shots blocked by LMU.
Sophomore Sonia Espitia picked up a yellow card following some contentious play in the CSUN goal box in the 71st minute.
Another sophomore, Michelle Moore, had an outstanding chance late in the game, taking an errant LMU header and directing a shot on goal that the Lions' keeper saved.
Northridge returns to action Sunday, when they travel to face the defending NCAA champion USC Trojans at 1 p.m.