Second Straight Victory Features Season-High Scoring
Pedro Velazquez scored once in each half and Eric Brunter added his second goal of the season as the LMU men's soccer team clinched a 3-1 win at Gonzaga.
Nov. 4, 2012
The win was the second straight for the Lions (5-10-3, 3-5-2 WCC) who also earned a 2-1 win over Portland on Friday. This marks the first win streak of the year for the young squad, while the three goals scored is also a season first.
LMU put the pressure on the Zags early, nearly taking a 1-0 lead on a shot by Velazquez just three minutes in. But the goal was called back due to offside.
The Lions continued to press, earning a pair of corner kicks inside eight minutes. The second proved costly for Gonzaga (4-13-0, 0-10-0 WCC) as the Lions reeled off four shots following the corner kick by Juan De Rada, the fourth of which finally found the back of the net. Back-to-back shots close range shots by Ryan Felix were blocked by Bulldog goalkeeper Ryan Caballero and a shot by Mitch Boland was also turned away. But Boland's blocked shot found Velazquez who buried his shot into the net.
Brunter made it 2-0 LMU at the 15:18 mark when he took a long throw in from Connor Gill and placed a shot past the reach of Cabellero.
Four saves by Blanchette on seven Gonzaga shots, helped the Lions take a 2-0 lead into the break.
Velazquez then gave the Lions a 3-0 advantage in the 59th minute when he took a feed up the left flank from De Rada, cut inside the box past the Zags' defense and buried his second goal of the game.
Less than one minute later Gonzaga got on the board when the Lions were called for a foul in the box, awarding a penalty kick opportunity to the home team. Clark Phillips made good on the PK for his fifth goal of the season, cutting the spread to 3-1.
That was as close as the Zags would get, as Blanchette turned away a pair of shots in the final minutes, finishing the day with six saves.
Now unbeaten in their last three outings, the Lions will look to close out the year on a strong note, hosting Santa Clara on Friday, Nov. 9 and Saint Mary's on Sunday, Nov. 11.