Senior Alvaro Madrigal scored a pair of second-half goals on Friday afternoon, but three first-half goals from host UC Davis held up as LMU (1-3-1) suffered a 3-2 setback at the hands of the Aggies (3-2).
For Madrigal, the two scores pushed his goal tally to three for the year and 15 for his career, as he registered his first career multi-goal contest.
The Lions and Aggies each finished the match with 13 shots, with six of LMU's attempts on frame. LMU starting goalkeeper Collin Partee was tested over his near 69 minutes in goal, allowing the three goals, but also posting five saves, before giving way to Paul Lewis halfway through the second stanza.
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Matt Baringer got the scoring started for UCD, burying a penalty kick in the seventh minute following a foul in the box as the Lions tried to clear one of four UC Davis corner kicks on the match. The goals was Baringer's third of the year.
A quality run from Kyle Higgins resulted in the second Davis goal of the afternoon, as he took a long pass down the left sideline, spun and beat two Lion defenders before depositing the ball past the Lion keeper on the near post for his second of the season. The Lion defense nearly cleared the shot off the goal line, but Higgins' effort proved just enough to warrant the goal.
Lizandro Torres, a first-half substitution, got his first goal of the year and made it 3-0 Aggies in the 29th minute as he took a perfectly-placed through pass from Miguel Acevado, shielded Nick Dauchot off the ball, and then beat Partee with a shot to the far post.
The Lions had a pair of late opportunities in the first half, as with five minutes remaining in the period, LMU drew a foul just outside the box, but Lucky Puengrod's free kick sailed directly into the wall before it could challenge UCD goalkeeper Wallis Lapsley. Now with one minute left in the half, LMU delivered a lofting ball into the box on a free kick that, after being cleared initially, was again driven in and deflected to the foot of Cole Souza off to the right-hand side of the six-yard box. With the Lions knocking on the door, Lapsley came charging from his line, forcing Souza to punch a shot wide and sending the match into halftime with the Lions trailing 3-0.
Madrigal got it going in the 75th minute, taking a free kick down the right sideline that was lifted toward the middle of the box. In an attempt to make a play on the ball, a Davis player was whistled for a hand ball in the box, delivering a penalty kick opportunity to the Lions. Madrigal stepped to the occasion and found the back of the net with a shot to the right of the diving keeper.
With the Lions playing a man down following a red card that was issued to Will Dubay in the 81st minute, Madrigal struck again, this time delivering a low driven ball on a free kick from 40 yards out that beat Lapsley to cut the deficit to one goal. Unfortunately, LMU would not be able to mount any further threat over the final ticks of the match.
LMU will continue a northern California trip on Sunday, traveling to Sacramento State for a match at 4:30 p.m.
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