Lions Return to Winning Ways
Jimmy Burling and Trini Gomez score to help LMU to a 2-1 win over Saint Mary's in WCC action.
Oct. 23, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Jimmy Burling and Trini Gomez each scored goal to help lead the LMU men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Saint Mary's in WCC men's soccer action this afternoon at Sullivan Field. The Lions took a 2-0 lead into the final minutes of the game before SMC's Derek Youpel scored to make it a one goal margin, but the Lion defense held up in the final minutes for the victory. The Lions remain in third place in the WCC with the win, improving to 3-2-1 in conference action.
Jimmy Burling gave the Lions an early lead with a 35 yard blast in the 11th minute. After collecting the ball from Bobby Burling and Junior Ybarra, the older Burling let loose with a rocket shot that curved around the SMC defense to find the back of the net. The goal is Burling's first of the season.
The Gaels nearly tied it in the first half. David Blanchard's long shot hit the top crossbar and bounced out, and Adam Zielske collected the rebound and took another shot on goal. The Lion defense was able to block the ball on the goal line to preserve the lead. A minute later, Michael Johnson's shot was cleared again off the goalline by the LMU defense. In the second half, the Gaels had a flurry of shots turned back. Corey Watts' shot was saved by Flores, but the LMU keeper could not control the ball, and Blanchard had another shot that nearly went in. Again, the Lion defense cleared the ball, but Watts got it back and lauched a shot that went high.
One minute later, a Lion attacker was fouled just outside the penalty box. Gomez took the free kick, bending the ball around the defense. The ball hit the far goalpost and bounced into the net to give LMU a 2-0 lead at 68:47.
Jimmy Burling nearly gave LMU a 3-0 lead but his point blank shot was saved by SMC goalkeeper Brian Mason. Freshman Jay Singh collected the rebound and got off a shot, but Mason was in position to make another save.
The Gaels did not back down in the final minutes, and made it a one goal game with just over two minutes remaining in the game. Michael Johnson flicked a Carlos Diaz throw in to Youpel who headed the ball into the far side of the net to make it a 2-1 contest.
LMU did not allow another shot in the game to preserve the victory. For the game, LMU outshot Saint Mary's, 15-13, led by Armando Melendez with four shots. Five different players took two shots for Saint Mary's. Flores made three saves in goal for the Lions, and the team made another three saves. Mason made seven saves in goal for the Gaels.
The Lions will complete their four game home stand next weekend when they host Gonzaga and Portland for a weekend of WCC play. The Zags come to Sullivan Field on Friday at 1:00pm, and the Lions host Portland on Sunday at 2:00pm. LMU has now won three straight home games on Sundays, including victories over #5 Santa Clara and #10 UC Santa Barbara.
Saint Mary's (7-6-1, 4-3) vs. Loyola Marymount (5-5-4, 3-2-1) Date: Oct 23, 2005 Attendance: 395 Weather: low 60s-GO LIONS!-