Lions, Dons Play to 1-1 Draw
Pedro Vealzquez scored his fourth goal of the season as the Lions played to a 1-1 draw against San Francisco Sunday.
Oct. 28, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Playing its sixth overtime match of the season, the LMU men's soccer team settled for a 1-1 draw against the visiting San Francisco Dons Sunday at Sullivan Field.
The Lions (3-10-3, 1-5-2 WCC) held a dominant 23-10 shot advantage over the Dons (5-6-3, 3-4-1 WCC), including 12 shots on goal and a pair of unlucky strikes that nicked the crossbar.
San Francisco broke into the scoring column at the 30:51 mark on the third goal of the season by Michael Shaddock. Liam Kelly set up the shot for his teammate, sending a pass from the top of the 18-yard box to Shaddock near the right corner of the six. Shaddock controlled the ball then sent a low shot into the near post past the reach of LMU keeper Paul Blanchette.
After holding a 9-5 shot advantage in the first half, the Lions picked up the pressure in the second half. Christian Alvarado had a shot saved by USF keeper Brendan Roslund less than three minutes in. John McFarlin nearly netted the equalizer in the 49th minute, but his shot hit the bottom of the crossbar and the backspin brought the ball back into play.
The Lions' third shot of the half finally found the back of the net as freshman Pedro Velazquez tallied his team-leading fourth goal of the season. A cross from the right flank found Juan De Rada just beyond the back post. De Rada controlled the ball, then sent a low cross straight back across the goal for an onrushing Velazquez who one-touched it into the net at the 51:18 mark.
LMU had numerous opportunities to get the go-ahead goal, including a bicycle-kick shot by Velazquez that was smothered by Roslund and a Craig Nitti free kick from just outside the 18-yard box that went just high off the crossbar. The Lions had two more opportunities from close range in the final seconds of regulation, but shots by Nitti and McFarlin were both denied by Roslund, forcing overtime.
Blanchette came up with a huge save in the first minute of extra time, knocking away a header shot by Shaddock. Neither team put another shot on frame in the 10-minute period, forcing a second overtime.
The Lions had two shots blocked in the final period, and a third shot went high of the goal and the teams settled for the one-point tie.
Velazquez finished with six shots, while McFarlin had four and Ryan Felix added three, all on goal. Blanchette made four saves on the day while USF's Roslund had eight.
The Lions embark on their final roadtrip of the season next week, heading to the Pacific Northwest to face Portland on Friday, Nov. 2 and Gonzaga on Sunday, Nov. 4.