Lions and Broncos Play to 1-1 Tie
LMU overcomes early deficit to earn a point
Oct. 16, 2009
Los Angeles - Los Angeles - For the third time in four West Coast Conference matches, LMU found itself playing overtime but for the first time all season, it walked away with a tie as the Lions drew with Santa Clara 1-1 on Friday afternoon. The Lions (6-5-1, 1-2-1 WCC) battled back from an early fluke goal to earn the point against the Broncos (3-6-3, 1-2-1 WCC).
LMU started strong, recording the game's first two shots through junior Rafael Baca, who had found the net in each of the last two games, but it was Santa Clara who took the lead through a fortuitous bounce. After Ross Smith's header from a corner kick went over the bar, sophomore goalkeeper Jack McCormack took a short goal kick to senior William Johnson. While looking for a teammate upfield, Johnson took too much time and Smith charged him down. The attempted clearance ricocheted off of Smith's leg toward the goal. McCormack, who was caught out of position after the restart, was unable to scramble back in time as the ball trickled into the far corner for a 1-0 Santa Clara lead after 7:41.
The early deficit only seemed to ignite the Lions, who pushed forward looking for an equalizer. They had two golden opportunities around the 24th minute. The first came via sophomore Artur Jozkowicz, who outpaced the defense down the right and stung a shot past Bronco goalie Larry Jackson, only to see the bar smack back off the post. A minute later, freshman John Ikard found himself wide open in the box but his glancing header from inside the six-yard box flew wide.
LMU would get its equalizer three minutes after the break on sophomore Jonas Reiter's first goal as a Lion. Following a Santa Clara foul, sophomore Logan McDaniel took a quick free kick before the Bronco defense could get settled. He delivered his cross into the box, where Reiter rose up above the defense on the left side and headed back to the far post. Jackson got a finger on it but could not keep the ball out as LMU celebrated its first goal from the run of play in three matches. The goal was Reiter's first at LMU since transfering this past summer from Saint Louis University, where he recorded two goals as a freshman.
McCormack was called into action for two crucial saves in the second half to keep the game tied. In the 69th minute, he used his chest to deny Jalil Anibaba from point-blank range. Then, with mere seconds remaining on the clock, he went low to his right and used a kick-save to keep out Brandon Zimmerman's last-gasp attempt that would have won it for the Broncos.
After beating San Francisco in overtime in the WCC opener and falling to Gonzaga in extra time last week, overtime was nothing new for the Lions. They pushed forward and almost had the winner but Jackson turned away freshman Chris Bernardi's effort at the end of the first overtime. Senior Steffen Canty also had a long-range attempt during the second OT but it sailed wide.
McCormack made four saves on the afternoon to help the Lions earn the point. Jackson stopped a pair of shots for Santa Clara. LMU held a 15-13 shot advantage.
LMU remains at home on Sunday as the Lions host Saint Mary's. The game will be the second of an LMU soccer doubleheader, with the Lion women facing off against #2 Portland at noon. The men will follow at 3 p.m.