Nov. 4, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Looking a bit out of rhythm for the first time in nearly a month, the LMU men's soccer team fell, 3-1, to Portland Friday at Sullivan Field.
The loss snapped a five-game unbeaten streak that the Lions (-6-10-1, 4-4-1 WCC) were riding since a 3-2 win at Portland on Oct. 9. The Pilots moved to 9-6-2 overall and 4-4-1 in West Coast Conference play.
LMU came out of the gates flat and Portland took advantage, as Ricardo Carrillo scored in at the 12:22 mark. Seven Evans lofted a ball from the left top of the box towards the far post corner. Lion goalkeeper Max Young was caught off his line and Carrillo was able to head the ball over Young and into the net.
The Lions' Dylan Seedman evened the score in the 27th minute, scoring on a header of his own off a corner kick. Fernando Barba sent the corner kick to the far post where Seedman challenged Pilot goalkeeper Justin Baarts and won, flicking the ball into the net with his head.
Any momentum LMU gained from earning the equalizer seemed lost in the 58th minute when Tyler Krumpe was whistled for a foul inside the 18-yard box and a penalty kick was awarded to Portland.
Steven Evans made good on the PK, giving Portland a 2-1 advantage. Carrillo added his second goal of the game in the 75th minute to put Portland ahead 3-1. Brendan McAleese sent a through ball up into the middle of the box to Carrillo who slotted a shot to the right of a diving Young.
LMU finished with an 8-4 corner kick advantage and eight shots to Portland's 10. Young made three saves in the match while Baarts finished with two.
While not out of the running yet, the loss was a setback in the Lions' late season run at a second consecutive WCC title. Also on Friday, league-leader Saint Mary's earned a 2-1 overtime win over San Francisco, and continues to sit on top with 17 points. San Diego was a 2-0 winner over Gonzaga and is now in sole possession of second place with 16 points. LMU, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Portland are all tied for third with 13 points each.
The Lions look to get back on track Sunday, hosting Gonzaga at 2 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
- GO LIONS -