Record Night as LMU Wins Sixth Straight
In a roller coaster of a game featuring seven goals, a hat trick, six cards, 33 shots and nine spectacular saves, the LMU men's soccer team built a 3-0 first-half lead and held on for a 4-3 West Coast Conference victory over Portland Friday night at Sullivan Field.
Nov. 8, 2013
LOS ANGELES - In a roller coaster of a game featuring seven goals, a hat trick, six cards, 33 shots and nine spectacular saves, the LMU men's soccer team built a 3-0 first-half lead and held on for a 4-3 West Coast Conference victory over Portland Friday night at Sullivan Field.
The win, LMU's sixth straight, moves the squad to 11-3-2 overall and 7-1-1 in WCC play. Now with 22 points, the Lions maintain a four-point lead over second place Santa Clara, a 1-0 winner over Saint Mary's Friday night.
Freshman Adrien Perez delivered LMU's first hat trick performance since 2001 when Andres Murriagui netted four goals in a 5-2 win over Cal State LA, and John McFarlin matched Rafael Baca's single-season assist record (10) with his helper on Perez' first goal.
LMU seemed to have the game in hand in the first half as McFarlin and Perez scored back-to-back goals in less than a five-minute span. Just inside 24 minutes, McFarlin came onto a lose ball near the top of the box, controlled it once and sent a light-footed volley slicing into the net. Perez quickly made it 2-0 at the 28:37 mark when the combination of McFarlin and Mark Dotseth got the ball to the streaking freshman who buried a low shot into the right corner of the net.
Perez made it 3-0 LMU just inside the 42-minute mark with a 30-yard blast into the left upper corner of the net.
The second half was a whole new ball game, however, as the Pilots battled their way back into the match with a pair early of goals off set pieces. Derek Boggs scored 10 minute in on a diving header near post off a corner kick by Hugo Rhoads. In the 70th minute WCC scoring leader Eddie Sanchez buried his 12th goal of the year, bending a free kick around the LMU wall and into the net.
And then it was Perez again for the Lions, netting his first collegiate hat trick on a slotted shot off a breakaway pass from Pedro Velazquez at the 72:10 mark.
The Pilots had one more push as a save by Lion goalkeeper Paul Blanchette deflected back into play for Steven Corbett to tap across the goal line. But the LMU defense held strong for the final 17 minutes to hold on to the win.
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