Oct. 10, 2012
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LOS ANGELES - For the first time this season the LMU men's soccer team did not earn points in an overtime match as a goal by San Diego in the 102nd minute handed the Lions a 2-1 loss Wednesday at Sullivan Field.
LMU entered the day with a 2-0-2 record this season in overtime matches. The West Coast Conference loss dropped the Lions to 3-8-2 on the season and 1-3-1 in league play. San Diego moved to .500 overall at 6-6-0 and 4-1-0 in the WCC.
The Lions took an early 1-0 lead on Pedro Velazquez's third goal of the season. At the 7:21 mark, a Torero foul near the midfield line set up a free kick for LMU. Craig Nitti sent a long, direct ball into the mix where Sean Sears knocked it down to Velazquez who was able to touch it past USD keeper Drew Ilijevski into the back of the net.
USD's leading scorer Dan Delgado tallied the equalizer in the 21st minute, using some fancy footwork to weave through the Lions' back line before beating keeper Paul Blanchette with a left-footed blast into the right post netting.
Both teams had chances to break the tie in regulation, but big saves by both Blanchette and Ilijevski sent the game into extra time.
After a scoreless first overtime period, the Toreros drew a corner kick just 1:32 into the second overtime period, setting up the golden goal, game-winner. Delgado sent a perfect corner kick right to the front of the goalmouth where Julian Ringhof redirected it into the net.
The Lions will play their fourth game in eight days, traveling to face WCC rival San Francisco on Friday at 7 p.m.