Sept. 20, 2007
FULLERTON, CA - Loyola Marymount senior Jamie Bell netted the golden goal game-winner in the eighth minute of the first overtime to lift the visiting Lions to a 2-1 victory over host Cal State Fullerton on Thursday night in front of 394 fans at Titan Stadium.
The loss ends the Titans' three-match winning streak as they fell to 3-3-1 overall, falling to the Lions for the first time since 1998, also ending a three-match winning streak. LMU improved to 3-3-1, extending its winning streak to three matches.
Bell struck with just under three minutes remaining in the first overtime period as Shannon Omahen sent a ball into the box from the right side that was settled by Bell and fired to the lower left post, beating the Fullerton goalkeeper for the game-winning tally.
Fans barely had time to settle into their seats before the Titans struck for the first goal on the night. Junior Jenae Gibbens' throw-in from the right sideline was headed on by senior Kristen Boujos to senior Lauren Cram sitting inside five yards.
On a bang-bang sequence, Cram followed with a header to give the Titans the 1-0 lead just 51 seconds into the match. It was the third-fastest goal scored by a Titan player in the history of the program and Cram's third consecutive goal scored after she netted a pair against Oklahoma on Sept. 16.
The match remained that way until the 26th minute when sophomore Jessica Sharpe netted the equalizer. Just seconds after checking into the game, Sharpe struck a high header off a cross from teammate Lacey Bartels that skipped through the hands of the Fullerton keeper to make it 1-1.
The score remained that way for the rest of the first half and a hard-fought second half that saw nine fouls - seven of those by LMU - and three yellow cards.
The Titans had numerous chances for the go-ahead goal in the second half, applying continuous pressure to Lions' goalkeeper Joslyn Slovek, forcing her into three dropped balls while surrounded by Fullerton players.
However, she was able to recover each time and keep the Titans from knocking home the loose ball.
Cal State Fullerton outshot Loyola Marymount, 9-7, for the match, but the Lions had a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks to keep the pressure on.
The Titans look to get back on track this weekend on the road as they open Big West Conference play at league newcomer UC Davis on Sunday (Sept. 23) at 12 p.m.