Lions Sweep Bay Area Road Trip
Junior Jack McCracken scores first career goal to give Lions huge 1-0 road victory.
Nov. 3, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO - Junior Jack McCracken picked arguably the best possible moment to score his first collegiate goal. With just 10 minutes remaining in Sunday's West Coast Conference men's soccer tilt, the LMU defender dribbled through traffic and put a ball past San Francisco goalkeeper Connor Gaal, giving the Lions a huge 1-0 road victory.
LMU is now 10-3-2 overall and 6-1-1 in WCC play, good for 19 points and a four-point edge over second-place Santa Clara (15 points) with four games to play, including three at home on Sullivan Field.
McCracken became the 12th Lion to score a goal this season when he came through at the 80-minute mark Sunday. The Lion team, meanwhile, reached the double-digit win mark for the first time since 2010 - the year they won their first-ever WCC Championship.
San Francisco (6-9-2, 3-4-1 WCC) held a slight 6-5 shot advantage in the first half, but did not put one on frame. In the second half, LMU's defense held the Dons to just a single shot attempt while its offense built six chances. Gaal turned away four Lion shots, but could do little against McCracken's goal.
LMU goalkeeper Paul Blanchette recorded his third straight and sixth total shutout of the season in the win. The sophomore now ranks in a four-way tie for first in the LMU single-season record book.
The Lions return to action Friday, Nov. 8, opening a three-game WCC homestand against Portland at 7 p.m.
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