Stisser's Strike Lifts LMU Over #17 New Mexico, 1-0
Junior Nets Game-Winner to Give Lions First Win of 2007
Sept. 7, 2007
Junior midfielder Brad Stisser connected on a free kick in the ninth minute for the only score of the game, giving LMU (1-1-0) its first win of the season, 1-0 over #17 New Mexico. The loss was the Lobos' first home defeat of the season, coming on the opening night of the 2007 TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational.
The Lobos created numerous opportunities on the night, outshooting the Lions 21-10, but the LMU defense, led by redshirt freshman GK Patrick Lane, was equal to the task. Lane was credited with an excellent game between the pipes, making five crucial saves on the evening for his first career shutout. Every time the Lobos seemed poised to put one away, Lane was there with a diving stop.
UNM came out aggressive in the first half, earning three corners in the opening five minutes. LMU escaped falling behind in the sixth minute when P.J. Wilson hit the crossbar from the top of the box. Chris Wright was poised to put the rebound away but Lane made a diving save to thwart the threat.
LMU came right back to earn a free kick just outside of the box, 25 yards from the goal in the ninth minute. Stisser stepped up and blasted a perfectly place shot to the top right corner of the goal for the 1-0 lead. It was LMU's first goal of the season and Stisser's fifth in his Lion career.
The Lobos had two good looks late in the first half but a pair of headers by former Lion Diego Barrera were just wide of the net. UNM went into the locker room having taken more shots (9-5) and corners (5-1) than LMU, but trailing the Lions 1-0 on the scoreboard.
LMU tried to tack on another just three minutes into the second frame when senior Nick Blanco took a shot inside the box. Lobo keeper Mike Graczyk was there for one of his two saves on the night.
The Lion defense held strong to maintain their lead. Simon Ejdemry almost tied it up for UNM in the 62nd minute. His header from the right side got past Lane but was cleared out of the goal by an LMU defender. With time winding down on the clock, Lane came to the rescue, pushing an attempt from David Gualdarama over the cross bar. New Mexico had one last corner in the final seconds but was unable to put a shot on frame.
The victory is the Lions' first over the Lobos in four all-time meetings while New Mexico drops its home opener for the second year in a row. The Lobos have only lost four times at the UNM Soccer Complex in head coach Jeremy Fishbein's five-year tenure.
LMU will play for the tournament championship Sunday morning against Central Florida, who downed Cincinnati 2-1 in the day's first match.