Oct. 12, 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO - A pair of turnovers in the Lion backfield proved costly as the LMU men's soccer team dropped a 2-0 West Coast Conference decision to San Francisco Friday night.
The match concluded an eight-day stretch that featured four games for LMU (3-9-2, 1-4-1 WCC). The Lions will now take advantage of a 12-day break from action to rest and regroup before returning to WCC play Oct. 24 at San Diego.
Despite a 14-5 shot advantage, the Dons (5-4-2, 3-2-0 WCC) produced few quality opportunities for much of the match, but were able to take full advantage of a pair of intercepted LMU passes.
The first came in the 41st minute when Sean Sears looked to slot the ball back to Mitch Boland 30 yards out in the center of the field. USF's Jacob Talarman rushed onto the pass, intercepted it and was able to beat LMU keeper Paul Blanchette one-on-one to give the Don's a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, the Lions had a pair of opportunities to score off free kicks just outside the 18-yard box, but hard shots by Ryan Felix and Craig Nitti were both saved by Dons' keeper Brendan Roslund.
As the Lions continued to press forward searching for the equalizing goal, they were halted by a second costly mistake in the backfield. In the 84th minute, a pass back to Blanchette to reset the attack brought the freshman keeper near the middle third of the field. His attempt to sent the ball forward once again was intercepted by Jesus Del Toro who touched the ball forward, then sent a 40-yard lofting shot into the open net.