In a roller coaster of a game featuring seven goals, a hat trick, six cards, 33 shots and nine spectacular saves, the LMU men's soccer team built a 3-0 first-half lead and held on for a 4-3 West Coast Conference victory over Portland Friday night at Sullivan Field.
Andres Murriagui begins his fourth and final year at LMU?was a 2001 All Far-West third-team selection?also made his third-straight appearance on the all-conference list?argueably one of the nation?s most prolific and creative dribblers?again expected to be one of the Lions? top playmakers?very effective in the opponents 18-yard box?has an incredible knack for drawing penalties?coaches are looking for him to ignite the offense with his gifted passing abilities.
appeared in 17 games and made 16 starts?finished second on the squad in goals (6), shots (42) and shots on goal (15)?tied for the team lead in assists with five?tied the single-game record for goals (4) and points (8) against Cal State LA (Sept. 28)?all four goals came in the first half setting a new school record for goals scored in a half?also recorded goals against California (Sept. 9) and UC Riverside (Sept.18)?finished among the conference leaders in almost every offensive category?shots (9th-42), shots per game (9th-2.63), points (7th-17), points per game (7th-1.06), goals (8th-6), goals per game (8th-0.38), assists (3rd-5) and assists per game (3rd-0.31)?earned WCC Player of the Week honors (Oct.1).
Was third on the team with eight points and earned All-WCC honorable mention honors?played in all 18 games for the Lions, starting in eight?scored three goals and had two assists?his three goals came in back-to-back games?he scored two, including the game winner in overtime for a 3-2 win over UC Irvine (Sept. 29)?next game he scored the Lions? lone goal in the loss against Fresno State (Oct. 1)?assisted on the game winner in a 1-0 victory at Loyola-Chicago (Sept. 3) and again on the Lions? first goal in a 3-2 overtime win against Portland (Oct. 22)?was second on the team with 51 shots (23 on goal).
Saw action in 17 games while making 14 starts?an All-WCC second-team selection?finished second on the team in shots (34), goals (4) and shots-on-goal (19)?had the game-winning goal against No. 23 California (Sept. 17) and CS Bakersfield (Oct. 17)?tallied an assist in his first collegiate game against UC Irvine (Sept. 1)?ended the season third on the team in points (11) and fifth in assists (3).
Murriagui is a 1999 graduate of North High School in Riverside, CA?a four-year varsity letterwinner?served as team captain for three years?honored as an All-CIF Division II selection three times?earned All-Ivy League honors as a sophomore, junior and senior?prep coach was Tad Barton.
Carlos Andres Murriagui was born on Feb. 22, 1981 in Pichinch, Quito in Ecuador?the son of Dardo and Miriam Piriz?is an only child?also recruited by UCLA and Cal State Fullerton?enjoys Chinese food and names Europe as his favorite vacation spot?a Spanish major.