Lions Victimized By Last-Minute Goal at #24 Saint Louis
Upset Bid Falls Short in Opener of Nike Soccer Classic
Sept. 13, 2007
LMU's quest for a second straight victory over a ranked opponent was thwarted as #24 Saint Louis scored the game's only goal in the 89th minute for a 1-0 win Thursday evening in the opener of the Saint Louis/Nike Soccer Classic at Hermann Stadium in St. Louis, MO. The Lions suffer their second straight 1-0 decision to fall to 1-3-0 while the Billikins gain their first victory to improve to 1-1-2.
Facing its second ranked opponent in a week and starting a stretch in which it plays five of its next six games against top-25 teams, LMU was looking to claim its second upset of a ranked team on their home field, having knocked off #17 New Mexico in Albuquerque last Friday. The conditions were ideal on a clear, warm night and both teams had their defenses in top form.
SLU took the game's first two shots and had five consecutive corners in the first half but all were turned away by LMU. Sophomore Blayze Hansen connected on a header off a corner for the Lions but his shot went high while redshirt freshman Andrew Morris' shot in the 40th minute produced a save from Billikin GK Ross Kaufman. LMU went into halftime having a 4-3 advantage in shots.
Brandon Barklage proved the difference. With the game looking as if it would go into overtime, Barklage took a pass from Tim Ream from 30 yards out and fired a low shot past LMU junior GK Miguel Benitez at 88:40.
SLU held a 10-6 shot advantage and took 10 corner kicks to LMU's one. Benitez, making his first start of the season, made two saves for the Lions. Kaufman had the one save for the Billikins.
LMU continues play at the Nike Soccer Classic on Saturday when it takes on Creighton, who downed #2 Indiana 2-1 earlier Friday.