Late Rally Propels Shorthanded Lions to Draw
Adrien Perez and David Flores scored goals late in the second half as the Lions earned a 2-2 draw at San Diego in both teams' WCC opener.
Oct. 2, 2013
SAN DIEGO - Trailing 2-0 and and forced to play a man down from the 65th minute on, the LMU men's soccer team rallied late to earn a 2-2 double overtime draw against San Diego Wednesday night in both teams' West Coast Conference opener.
The Lions move to 4-2-2 overall and 0-0-1 in WCC play while San Diego, the reigning WCC champs, are now 3-3-2 overall and 0-0-1 in league action.
San Diego was the dominant team early, jumping on the board in the 10th minute when Torrey Dearmas collected a long, central pass inside the box and slipped a shot between two LMU defenders into the left corner netting.
Less than seven minutes into the second half, the Toreros made it 2-0 when Keegan Smith scored on a header off a cross from Connor Brandt.
At the 65:07 mark, Pedro Velazquez was issued a red card for an aggressive tackle, leaving the Lions to play with 10 men for the remainder of the game.
The caution seemed to inflate life into the Lion attack and freshman Adrien Perez brought his squad back into the game with his third goal of the season in the 76th minute. Taking a through ball from Juan De Rada, Perez controlled the ball to his left and beat USD goalkeeper Michael D'Arrigo with a slotted shot to the far post, cutting the deficit in half.
Four minutes later, junior David Flores notched the equalizer, following a deflected shot by De Rada and sending it into the open net.
Perez nearly completed the comeback with an 18-yard blast less than one minute into the second overtime period. But D'Arrigo made an incredible play on the ball, deflecting it just over the crossbar.
LMU returns to action Sunday, hosting Santa Clara for a 1 p.m. kick off at Sullivan Field.
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