Bernardi's Game-Winner Lifts Lions Over Highlanders, 1-0
LMU Freshman Scores Second Game-winning Goal of the Season
Sept. 24, 2009
Los Angeles - Freshman Chris Bernardi scored the game-winning goal with 3:41 to play in the second half as LMU defeated UC Riverside 1-0 at Sullivan Field Thursday. In just their second home match of the season, the 20th-ranked Lions (5-2-0) extended their strong start to the season.
After both teams were held scoreless for most of the game, the Lions got the ball in scoring territory as junior Vincent Ocampo dribbled down the middle and fed sophomore Artur Jozkowicz with the ball on the right side of the field. Jozkowicz beat his defender and fed to Bernardi at the 6-yard line for a high kick towards the left goal post to give the Lions their only goal of the game.
The goal was Bernardi's second game-winning goal of the season. His previous game winner came in the Lions' only other home match of the season, a 1-0 win over San Jose State.
"As teams wear down towards the end, you have to overcome that fatigue," Head Coach Paul Krumpe said. "We had chances but we need to put them away. The freshman (Bernardi) did a good job of finishing off his chance."
Freshman goalie Max Young recorded his first career shutout for LMU as he held the Highlanders (1-6-0) scoreless with his four saves. The Lions finished with a season-high 13 corner kicks to go along with 14 shots. Senior Steffen Canty led LMU with three shots, two of which were on goal. Junior Rafael Baca and senior William Johnson had two shots apiece for the Lions.
LMU saw a lot of back-and-forth action with the Highlanders in the first half of play as UCR kept the Lions on their toes with a fast-paced offense. LMU closed out the first half strong with a lot of game action near the goal. The Lions had several opportunities to score with nine corner kicks in the first half alone, but they were unable to get the ball in the net.
The play got physical in the second half, with both teams getting whistled for multiple personal fouls. After UCR's Alexander Racca was issued a red card, LMU held a one man advantage for the final 30 minutes of play.
Even playing a man down, UCR had its chances. Robert Cate hit the post with a header just after halftime and Joseph O'Connor saw his shot come back off the crossbar 15 minutes from the end.
This was the seventh time that LMU and UCR have faced off, with the Lions holding a 7-0 advantage over the Highlanders. The last meeting between these two teams was on Sept. 26, 2004.
LMU will wrap up its non-conference schedule on the road Sunday as they take on Cal State Bakersfield (3-3-1). The kick-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Main Soccer Field.