USF’s Stephen Rudderham found the back of the net for what proved to be the game-winner as time expired in the first half, as the Bulls (2-3) recorded a 1-0 shutout victory over LMU (1-5-2) from Corbett Stadium on Sunday night. The loss dropped LMU to 0-5-1 on the road this year.
USF controlled the pace of play in the first half, creating 13 shots, including 10 on goal, while forcing seven corners and not allowing one for the Lions, but LMU keeper Collin Partee registered nine saves to keep the match scoreless all the way into the final seconds of the opener. Letting loose with the Bulls’ 13th and final shot of the half just before time expired, Rudderham fired from the left portion of the box and beat Partee to break the stalemate as the horn sound. Rudderham’s first goal of the year developed by way of passes from Bradley Farias and Alex Zis, as both players were credited with assists.
The Lions managed to put two of their six second-half shots on goal, but Christian Knight was able to secure the save in each instance as LMU was unable to register the equalizer over the final 45 minutes en route to suffering the shutout.
LMU will return home on Thursday to host UC Irvine at 7:00 p.m. The Lions are 1-0-1 so far this year at Sullivan Field.
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