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LOS ANGELES - Pedro Velazquez converted a penalty kick early in the second half and Vince Paldino made a huge save on Cal State Fullerton PK attempt as the LMU men's soccer team claimed a 1-0 victory over the visiting Titans Friday at Sullivan Field.
The Lions improve to 1-2-1 on the season while Cal State Fullerton falls to 1-4-0 overall.
It was the second goal in the past three games for Velazquez, who scored his first collegiate goal in a 1-1 draw against UNLV on Aug. 31. In Friday's match, a hard tackle by a Titan defender set up the penalty kick opportunity for LMU in the 55th minute. Velazquez sent his shot into the low left corner netting past the reach of Titan keeper Adam Zepeda.
Nearly 12 minutes later, at the 66:12 mark of the game, LMU was called for a similar foul in the box, setting up a potential game-tying penalty kick attempt for Cal State Fullerton. But Anthony Rosales' shot towards the left netting was smothered by Paldino, preserving the one goal lead for LMU.
Paldino totaled three saves in 71 minutes of action before exiting the game after a collision in the box. Freshman Paul Blanchette played the final 19:21 in the net for the Lions, making one save and helping preserve the team's first win and shutout of the year.
The Lions finished with a slight 10-9 shot advantage, including three in the first half and seven in the second. Cal State Fullerton's Zepeta had one save on the day.
LMU will look to carry the momentum of the win into Sunday's game against No. 24 Tulsa. The Lions and Golden Hurricanes will kick off at 2 p.m. at Sullivan Field.