Sept. 5, 2006
LOS ANGELES - UC Santa Barbara opened the 2006 women's soccer season with four consecutive road games. Two of the games were against nationally-ranked teams and the other two were against teams from the powerful West Coast Conference.
UCSB concluded its four-game season-opening road trip on Tuesday afternoon, playing Loyola Marymount to a 1-1 tie at LMU's Sullivan Field. The Gauchos benefited from an own goal late in the first half, and Lion forward Jamie Bell scored her second goal in two games to tie things up in the 70th minute. Neither team scored the rest of the way. The Gauchos are now 1-1-2 and the Lions are 1-0-2
LMU had a golden opportunity to score in the 18th minute. After a hand ball was called inside the 18 yard box, Whitney Temple lined up to take the penalty kick. Temple's boot was low and to the right, and Gaucho freshman Tammy Lenham made a spectacular ave to keep the contest scoreless.
Late in the first half, UCSB benefited from a Lion miscue to take the lead. Senior forward Chandi Bickford launched a cross to the near post where a Lion defender attempted to clear the ball. She misplayed the ball, sending it back towards the LMU goal. The ball skittered past Lion goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek, giving Santa Barbara a 1-0 halftime edge.
The Lions outshot UCSB 8-4 in the first half, but Lenham was outstanding between the pipes, making five saves in the first 45 minutes.
The Lions continued their aggressive play in the second half, and in the 70th minute, it paid off. Shannon Omahen got the ball to Bell, who was covered by two defenders, just outside the 18 yard box. Bell was able to elude the defenders to turn around and face the goal. As Lenham came out to challenge, Bell launched a shot past Lenham and into the back of the Gaucho net.
The score remained 1-1 for the final minutes of the game and through both overtime periods. LMU managed two shots in the second OT, but UCSB did not take a shot in the extra time. For the day, LMU outshot UCSB 17-9, including nine shots on goal to UCSB's three.
For the day, Bell finished with eight shots, including four on goal. It was just one shot short of tying the LMU record for shots in a single game of nine. Tiffany Harrison had three shots for the Lions. Genelle Ives led the Gauchos with three shots.
Lenham finished the game with eight saves, while Slovek made two stops.
UCSB will play its first home match of the 2006 season on Friday, Sept. 8, when it hosts Wisconsin in a 5:00 p.m. match at Harder Stadium. The UCSB-Wisconsin contest will be the first of a doubleheader as the UCSB men's team will host Illinois-Chicago immediately after.