Lions Drop Heartbreaker in Overtime, 2-1
A furious second-half surge and a goal by Artur Jozkowicz nearly led to a come-from-behind win for the LMU men's soccer team. But San Jose State's Steve Sanchez scored the game-winner in overtime as LMU fell 2-1 to the Spartans Friday at Sullivan Field.
Sept. 16, 2011
LOS ANGELES - A furious second-half surge and a goal by Artur Jozkowicz nearly led to a come-from-behind win for the LMU men's soccer team. But San Jose State's Steve Sanchez scored the game-winner in overtime as LMU fell 2-1 to the Spartans Friday at Sullivan Field.
The Lions (2-4-0) struggled to string passes together and maintain possession in the first half, and instead spent much of the 45-minute period defending their own goal. The Spartans totaled 11 shots and 11 corner kicks in the first frame but the LMU back line and goalkeeper Vince Paldino held their ground as the teams took a scoreless draw into halftime.
Paldino, a freshman earning his first start, made four saves in the opening half, and finished with eight in the game.
LMU looked like a different team to start the second half, combining passes and getting quality shot opportunities. Jozkowicz and David Ponce both had shots on frame in the first five minutes, forcing three saves by SJSU goalkeeper Jonathan Lester.
But it was the Spartans who would finally break through first when, in the 75th minute, Allen La Spina broke free down the left flank and sent a low cross into the box where Sanchez flicked it to to Dylan Murphy who slotted a shot into the right side netting past a diving Paldino.
With just under two minutes remaining, the Lions were awarded a penalty kick following a hand ball in the box by SJSU's Dan Addiego. Jozkowicz's PK attempt was saved by Lester but he sent the blocked save back into the net for the equalizer.
Neither team was able to build a solid attack in the first golden goal overtime period until Sanchez collected the ball just beyond midfield on a counter attach, worked his way through the Lions' back line and beat Paldino one-on-one for the game winner.
LMU has a full week until its next competition, beginning a three-game road trip at New Mexico on Sept. 23.