Oct. 28, 2011
PALO ALTO, Calif. - For the second consecutive meeting, the LMU and Santa Clara men's soccer teams found themselves in a scoreless tie through 90 minutes of play. Exactly one week ago it was the freshman John McFarlin who game the Lions a 1-0 overtime win. But this time around, neither team struck for the game-winning golden goal as the WCC match-up at Buck Shaw Stadium ended in a 0-0 draw Friday night.
The tie moved the Lions to 5-9-1 overall and 3-3-1 in West Coast Conference play. Santa Clara is now 6-5-4 overall and 2-4-1 in the WCC.
Coupled with San Francisco's 4-0 win over league-leader San Diego and Portland's 4-0 win over second-place Saint Mary's, the top of the WCC standings is now packed. San Diego and San Francisco are tied for first with 13 points apiece, while Saint Mary's is third with 11 points and LMU is fourth with 10 points.
Santa Clara had the momentum in the first half, out-shooting the Lions 9-2 in the opening period. But goalkeeper Max Young came up with four big saves to help keep the home team off the board.
LMU found its rhythm early in the second half, forcing Bronco goalkeeper Larry Jackson to make a trio of saves in a six-minute span. Artur Jozkowicz had a shot blocked in the final minute of regulation, and another potential game-winner saved by Jackson with under a minute to play in the first overtime period.
In all, Santa Clara earned a 25-12 shot and 15-8 corner kick advantage, but Young's season-high eight saves and the play of the entire LMU defense were key in the Lions' earning their third shutout of the season.
The Lions travel to San Francisco Sunday for another key WCC match-up. Kick-off against the Dons is scheduled for noon.
- GO LIONS -