Men's Soccer

McFarlin Leads Lions Past Gaels

John McFarlin scored the game-winner Friday.
John McFarlin scored the game-winner Friday.

Oct. 18, 2013

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LOS ANGELES - John McFarlin headed home a goal with 50 seconds remaining in double overtime, snapping a 1-1 tie and sending the LMU men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over visiting Saint Mary's Friday night at Sullivan Field.

In a battle for sole possession of first place in the West Coast Conference standings, the Lions (7-3-2, 3-1-1 WCC) came back from an early 1-0 deficit to defeat the Gaels (4-6-3, 2-2-1 WCC).

Headed for a near certain double overtime draw, the Lions did not heed in the final seconds. Pedro Velasquez worked the ball up the left flank to Adrien Perez who dribbled through traffic into the box. Tripped up by a Gael defender, Perez tipped the ball back to Akio Ohtake-Gordon who sent a ball across the box where an onrushing McFarlin ran through it with his head, directing the ball into the net for the golden goal winner.

The Gaels struck first in the 22nd minute with the second goal of the season by Justin Howard. After shots by Michael Semenza and Ismail Adam were blocked by the LMU defense, Justin Howard followed with a third straight attempt, this time finding the back of the net.

The Saint Mary's goal seemed to bring the Lion offense to life as Jack MacCracken nearly scored the equalizer in the 31st minute with a 30-yard blast that hit off the top corner of the far post.

Moments later Juan De Rada and Adrien Perez peppered Gael goalkeeper Andre Rawls with a trio of shots, all of which the junior turned away.

Perez finally broke through at the 38:36 mark, collecting a lose ball just inside the 18-yard box and striking it back into the net for his fifth goal of the season.

LMu won the offensive battle with 23 shots to the Gaels' 20. Rawls was huge in goal for SMC with 11 saves on the night. LMU's Paul Blanchette had six of his own.

The Lions' two-game WCC homestand continues Sunday as LMU host San Francisco at 1 p.m.

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