Sept. 30, 2012
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PALO ALTO, Calif. - Through 10 games played in 2012 for the LMU men's soccer team, six have finished with a one-goal differential. That was the case again on Sunday in a WCC match-up at Santa Clara, as the Lions came up just short in a 1-0 loss at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Santa Clara's Erik Hurtado scored the lone goal of the match in the 51st minute, pushing the Broncos to 5-4-0 overall and 2-0-0 in WCC play. LMU dropped to 2-6-2 overall and 0-1-1 in conference action.
The Broncos were the aggressor in the first period, holding a 9-2 shot advantage over the Lions. Hurtado's goal, just six minute into the second period began with a long through ball from Glenn Vass. Hurtado then broke away from the LMU defense and put a shot past keeper Paul Blanchette.
The Lions had eight shots in the second half as they battled for the equalizing score. That included a series of three consecutive shots by Juan De Rada, two of which were saved by Bronco keeper Larry Jackson and one that was blocked by the Santa Clara defense.
Blanchette finished with six saves while Jackson made four in his third consecutive shutout.
The Lions return home next week to host WCC rivals Gonzaga on Friday and Portland on Sunday. Both games kick off at 3 p.m. at Sullivan Field.