Oct. 14, 2011
LOS ANGELES - John McFarlin headed in the game-winner six-and-a-half minutes into overtime as the LMU men's soccer team claimed a 1-0 win over visiting Santa Clara Friday at Sullivan Field.
The win moved the Lions to 4-9-0 overall and 2-3-0 in conference play while the Broncos fell to 6-4-3 overall and 2-3-0 in the WCC.
Following the scoreless 90 minutes of regulation, McFarlin's goal was the only shot taken in overtime. Built from the back field, Artur Jozkowicz carried the ball through the center of the field, then slotted a long ball up the right flank to a streaking Tyler Krumpe. The senior defender caught up with the ball just before the endline and sent a cross back into the front of the goalmouth where McFarland was making his run. Perfectly timed, McFarlin redirected the ball into the right netting, just out of reach of a diving Kevin Klasila, the Broncos' goalkeeper.
Now winners of consecutive games for the first time this season, the also Lions gained three valuable points in the WCC standings with the victory. It also marked the third consecutive game that LMU has scored after being held scoreless in three of their previous four outings.
In the final minute of the first half, each team had a player sent off for dangerous play, forcing both sides to play with 10 men for the final 52 minutes of play. Santa Clara's Erik Hurtado was issued a straight red card at the 44:12 and LMU's Craig Nitti was issued his red card just seven seconds later.
The physical play continued in the second half as a combined six players were issued yellow cards. For the match, a total of 35 fouls were called.
Max Young earned the shutout in goal for LMU, his first of the season.
The Lions will look to make it three in a row on Sunday, when they return to Sullivan Field to host WCC leader San Francisco at 3 p.m. The match is the second in a doubleheader with the women's team, which hosts Pepperdine at noon.
- GO LIONS -