Lions Dominate Highlanders
Lions' offense explodes in 5-2 win over UC Riverside.
Sept. 26, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU men's soccer team recorded its first home win of the season this afternoon, defeating UC Riverside, 5-2. Armando Melendez recorded a goal and two assists, while Matt Kovar and Diego Souza each had a goal and an assist in the win. It was the highest offensive output of the season for the Lions, who are in the second game of their four game homestand. LMU improves to 2-3-2 on the season, while UC Riverside drops its second straight game to fall to 4-3-0.
The Highlanders got on the board first, as Scott Barnett was able to convert on a scramble in front of the net after a corner kick to give UCR a 1-0 lead at 7:26. The Lions answered quickly, as Danny Williams deflected the ball into the goal after a beautiful lofting Melendez free kick at 14:53. The Lions took the lead for good at 38:04. After the referee called a penalty kick on what looked like a UCR handball in the box, Melendez converted on the chance to put the Lions up 2-1.
The offense didn't let up after halftime. Sean Rhynard drove a hard ball to the back post off passes from Melendez and Matt Kovar to put LMU ahead 3-1 in the second minute of the second half. Kovar teamed with Diego Souza on a give and go to score LMU's fourth goal. Souza lofted a perfect cross from the right side that Kovar headed past UC Riverside goalkeeper Charles Alamo to put the Lions up 4-1.
The Highlanders made it a two goal game in the 81st minute as Jordan Arias scored the second UCR goal off of a direct free kick. But the Lions would not let it get any closer. After Ashy Kaviani's shot on goal was deflected by the goalkeeper, Souza took advantage of the free ball and put it in the goal to give LMU a 5-2 lead at 86:52.
Shaun Kalnasy made three saves in goal for LMU, while Alamo made seven saves for UC Riverside. Kalnasy improves to 2-0-1 as the Lions' starting goalkeeper. Melendez led the Lions with four shots, while Tyler Mehl added three shots. LMU outshot UC Riverside 17-7. The Highlanders were playing a man short for the final seven minutes of the game after Paul Salazar was given his second yellow card of the game at 82:47 for a hard tackle on Aneesh Rana.
LMU returns to action next Friday as they open conference play against Gonzaga at Sullivan Field at 4:00pm. On Sunday, the Lions will host Portland at 1:00pm.
UC Riverside (4-3-0) vs. Loyola Marymount (2-3-2) Date: Sep 26, 2004 Attendance: 463 Weather: hazy sunshine, 75 degrees-GO LIONS-