Lions Settle For Draw in WCC Opener
The LMU men's soccer team opened WCC play with a 2-2 draw at Saint Mary's on Friday.
Sept. 28, 2012
MORAGA, Calif. - Leading 2-1 for nearly the entire second half, the LMU men's soccer team conceded a game-tying goal in the 86th minute, ultimately settling for a 2-2, double-overtime draw at Saint Mary's Friday.
The match was the West Coast Conference opener for both squads. It was the third overtime match of the season for the Lions, who move to 2-5-2 overall and 0-0-1 in WCC play. Saint Mary's, the defending WCC champs, are now 4-1-3 overall and 0-0-1 in league play.
Just 6:21 into the match, Felix gave the Lions a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the year. LMU took over possession of the ball at midfield on a free kick. They worked the ball around to Dylan Seedman who touched a pass into the box for Felix who struck it into the back of the net from 10 yards out.
The Gaels knotted the score, 1-1, in the 15th minute after goalkeeper Paul Blanchette blocked a shot by Justin Howard. But the rebound came back out into play for Tariq Adam to send it past the reach of Blanchette for his first goal of the year.
Boland put the Lions back on top at the 45:57 mark, scoring his first goal of the season on a quick strike from inside the six off of a free kick pass from John McFarlin. But just inside five minutes remaining in regulation, the Gaels broke through again when Gerardo Mendoza connected on Adam's corner kick, sending the game into extra time.
Trent Clifton had the only shot of the first overtime period, but Saint Mary's goalkeeper Andre Rawls came up with his seventh save on the day and the teams went into the second overtime period.
Blanchette saved a shot by Mendoza in the 108th minute and LMU had one final opportunity in the waning seconds, but a header by Felix off a McFarlin corner kick was stopped by Rawls.
West Coast Conference play continues Sunday as the Lions head to Santa Clara for a 2 p.m. match-up at Buck Shaw Stadium.