Men's Soccer Makes it Three in a Row
A dominating offensive performance led to a pair of second-half goals as the LMU men's soccer team won its third straight match, 2-1, over San Francisco Sunday at Sullivan Field.
Oct. 16, 2011
LOS ANGELES - A dominating offensive performance led to a pair of second-half goals as the LMU men's soccer team won its third straight match, 2-1, over San Francisco Sunday at Sullivan Field.
The Lions improve to 5-9-0 overall and 3-3-0 in West Coast Conference play while the Dons, who entered the week atop the WCC, fall to 5-6-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the conference.
LMU put the pressure on San Francisco from the opening kick off, earning a 6-1 shot and 5-2 corner kick advantage.
The constant attack finally paid off as Sean Sears put the Lions on the board in the 56th minute, sending home his first goal of the season. Kyle Johanson got the play going on the left flank, sending a long, left-footed cross to a streaking Phil Da Silva on the far post. Da Silva headed a pass back towards the front of the goalmouth where Sears ran straight onto it and redirected the ball into the open net.
The Lions struck again as Artur Jozkowicz scored his team-leading fourth goal at the 75:37 mark. Near the right sideline just past the midfield, Jonas Reiter launched a long cross at the far post. USF goalkeeper Brendan Roslund came off his line to make a play on the ball, but misjudged the distance on the cross. The ball slipped through his hands and landed inside the six-yard box where Jozkowicz touched it into the open net.
A brief defensive letdown two minutes later kept the Lions from holding on for the shutout as Danny Kirkland followed a blocked shot by Vegard Karlsen, cutting the USF deficit in half.
LMU finished the match with an 18-7 shot advantage, forcing Roslund into making seven saves. Lion goalkeeper Max Young made one save and improved to 3-0 on the season.
The Lions have a 12-day break from competition, returning to the field on Oct. 28 at Santa Clara.