LOS ANGELES -- The Loyola Marymount men's soccer team (3-8-2, 1-1-0 WCC) earned a victory in its first home conference match of the season, defeating Gonzaga (6-5-1, 0-2-0 WCC) 2-1 at Sullivan Field on Friday, Oct. 13.
The Lions started off strong on a scoring surge as the team scored both of its goals in the first 25 minutes of play. Kris Fourcand got on the board first for LMU as he received a pass from teammate Alvaro Madrigal on a breakaway down the center of the field and sent a shot from 20 yards past Gonzaga keeper Ben Willis at 2:44. This marked Fourcand's first goal of the season.
Madrigal struck second for the Lions at the 23:28 mark as he received a cross to the left side of the goal from Francis Avoce and landed his shot in the back right corner of the net. Madrigal now has three goals in 2017.
As halftime approached, Gonzaga's Colton Cavey netted a penalty kick following a LMU foul in the box at 42:24 to make the score 2-1. Cavey had just returned to the Bulldogs lineup after recovering from an injury, and this marked his first goal of the season.
Gonzaga outshot LMU 10-7 and the Bulldogs had six corner kicks to the Lions' five. Lions goalie Paul Lewis finished with four saves on the night, while Willis registered two saves for Gonzaga.
"It was really exciting to be able to score goals," Lions head coach Paul Krumpe said. "It's been a while. I think the last goals were against Riverside here (2-1 win on Sept. 24). I told the team before the game that it's real simple, you outscore your opponent and you win games. The only way you can win games is by scoring goals."
"The fact that we go two early goals was nice," Krumpe continued. "I think we kind of let them back in it by giving a penalty away just before half, but I really appreciated the way the guys played in the second half, possessed the ball and remained dangerous although we never got that third goal we were chasing. It was nice to get a home opener WCC win."
The Lions have a week off before their next contest. The team will return to Sullivan Field for another home WCC match against Portland on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.
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