Men's Soccer

Lions Come Up Just Short in 1-0 Loss to No. 7 Bruins

Sophomore John McFarlin led LMU with two shots.

Sophomore John McFarlin led LMU with two shots.

Sept. 16, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - The LMU men's soccer team put up a fight against seventh-ranked UCLA, but an early second-half goal by the Bruins was the difference maker as the Lions fell, 1-0, Sunday at Sullivan Field.

LMU freshman goalkeeper Paul Blanchette came up with three first-half saves as the Bruins went on the attack early. Just five minutes in, Blanchette deflected a strong close-range shot by Reed Williams, then came up with another save on a Grady Howe shot on frame in the 14th minute.

John McFarlin nearly gave the Lions a chance to take the lead in the 21st minute when he took a pass from Dylan Seedman and one-touched a shot on frame. But UCLA's Earl Edwards made one of his three saves on the attempt.

Perhaps the biggest save of the half came in the 26th minute when a shot by UCLA's Ryan Hollingshead was cleared off the line by McFarlin.

Following a scoreless first half, the Bruins broke through at the 53:55 mark when Evan Raynr worked the ball to the right endline, then chipped a pass back towards the front of the goalmouth. Hollingshead, who finished the day with five shots, was there to one-touch the ball past Blanchette and into the net.

Neither team offered much offensive threat for the remainder of the game and the Bruins secured their third shutout in their past four games. UCLA (4-1-1) finished with a 15-4 shot advantage, as well as a 13-0 corner kick edge.

The Lions (1-4-1) hit the road for their final two non-conference games, traveling to face Pac-12 members Stanford and Cal on Sept. 21 and Sept. 23. Both games will be carried live on the Pac-12 Network.

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