Two Men Down, Lions Hang On
Playing the final 30 minutes with just nine players, the LMU men's soccer team hung on for a 2-1 win over Portland Sunday.
Oct. 13, 2013
PORTLAND - The LMU men's soccer team capped its Pacific Northwest roadtrip with a thrilling 2-1 win at Portland Sunday.
First-half goals by John McFarlin and Akio Ohtake-Gordon were key as the Lions (6-3-2, 2-1-1 WCC) were forced to play two men down for the final 30 minutes of action after both Sean Sears and Leon Prikhodovskiy were sent off early in the second half.
LMU dominated play throughout, particularly in the first frame when they held a 13-3 shot advantage over the Pilots. The Lions' top assist man scored his second goal of the season in the 24th minute to put LMU on top 1-0.
Adrien Perez worked the ball to the left touchline and send a cross into the box where McFarlin cut in front of his defender and flicked a header shot to the back post netting.
Nearly 12 minutes later Ohtake-Gordon scored his first goal of the season, collecting a failed Portland clearance and sending a 20-yard shot back into the left side netting.
A pair of yellow cards issued to Sears early in the second half left LMU with 10 men on the field at the 57:18 mark, and just four minutes later, Prikhodovskiy was issued a straight red, leaving the Lions with nine field players.
The shortage did not deter LMU, however, as the only slip allowed was a Derek Boggs header goal straight off a Portland (7-5-0, 2-2-0 WCC) corner kick in the 75th minute.
The Lions return to action Friday, Oct. 18, hosting Saint Mary's in a 5:30 p.m. tilt at Sullivan Field.