Oct. 30, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO - Craig Nitti scored 36 seconds into overtime, as the LMU men's soccer team earned a huge West Coast Conference 1-0 win over San Francisco Sunday.
After fending off a San Francisco attack that included 19 shots during regulation, it was the Lions with just eight shots for the match, who had the one that counted most. On their first trip into the Dons' end following the overtime kick off, LMU earned a throw-in. Tyler Krumpe sent the long throw into mix where Nitti was able to rise above the rest and head the ball past USF goalkeeper Brendan Roslund.
It was the first goal of the season for the redshirt freshman and the fourth assist of the season for Krumpe.
Jack McCormack, earning his first start in goal since Oct. 9 at Portland, was brilliant with nine saves, including five in the second half.
The win came exactly one week after the Lions earned a 2-1 victory over the Dons at home on Sullivan Field and was also key in the race for the WCC title. LMU, which improved to 6-9-1 overall and 4-3-1 in the WCC, is now tied with the Dons with 13 points. San Francisco dropped to 6-7-2 overall and 4-3-1 in conference play.
Coupled with Saint Mary's win over Gonzaga and Santa Clara's win over San Diego, the Gaels now sit in first place in the WCC with 14 points. LMU, San Diego and San Francisco are now in a three-way tie for second with 13 points apiece.
Four WCC games remain on the Lions' slate, three at Sullivan Field. The home stretch begins Friday, Nov. 4 against Portland and Sunday, Nov. 6 against Gonzaga.
- GO LIONS -