Sampson Heads Lions Past Rebels

Aug. 30, 2015

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LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Grant Sampson connected his head to a pair of second half crosses Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Field, leading the LMU men's soccer team to a 2-0 win over visiting UNLV.

The Lions open the 2015 year at 2-0-0 for the second time in the last three seasons. UNLV dropped to 0-2-0.

A physical match from the opening whistle, the Lions earned a pair of free kick opportunities just outside the 18-yard box at the 15 and 17-minute marks. Adrien Perez whipped in a pair of left-footed attempts, but both curled just right of the goal post.

Sampson then got going, nearly cracking the scoreless draw in the 23rd minute when he beat UNLV goalkeeper Richard Garness on the left endline. But his curling shot into the open net was booted off the line by a Rebel defender.

LMU found itself up a man in the 33rd minute when UNLV's Bradley Kamdem was issued his second yellow card of the match, forcing the Rebels to play with just 10 on the field.

The Lions would finally take advantage in the 55th minute. Alvaro Madrigal tipped a pass through the Rebel defense to Matt Gooden on the right endline. Gooden sent the ball across the goalmouth to the back post where Sampson redirected it into the net.

With less than eight minutes remaining in the match, Sampson struck again in mirror fashion, this time heading home a cross from Perez into the right post. Madrigal was also credited with an assist on the goal.

The chippy match saw 29 total fouls called, including six yellow cards and two red cards, the latter both to UNLV.

Paul Blanchette picked up his second straight shutout in goal for the Lions, making that 13 for his career. The senior, who made five saves in the match, is now one shutout shy of the all-time LMU record held by Jerad Bailey (1997-2000).

LMU returns to action Friday, Sept. 4, beginning a three-match road swing at Harvard. The Lions return to Sullivan Field Sunday, Sept. 13 versus New Mexico.

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