Nov. 11, 2011
MORAGA, Calif. - The rollercoaster of a season came to a disappointing end Friday for the LMU men's soccer team fell 1-0 to Saint Mary's.
The Lions closed out the season with a 7-12-1 overall record and 5-6-1 West Coast Conference mark. The Gaels, who are still in contention for their first-ever WCC title, improved to 7-6-5 overall and 6-3-2 in the WCC.
Conceding an early goal did LMU in for the second consecutive match. At the 4:56 mark, SMC's Agustin Cazarez scored on a header off a cross from Nathan Arambula. Julian Godinez also earned an assist on the play.
The Lions finished with five shots in the first half, including three on frame. They nearly tallied the equalizer on a shot by Christian Alvarado just four second before the break, but Saint Mary's goalkeeper Doug Herrick made his third save of the period to keep the Gaels up 1-0.
LMU tallied seven shots in the second half, including a flurry of offense midway through, but the Gaels' defense held strong to preserve the shutout.
Herrick finished with six saves for SMC while LMU goalkeeper Vince Paldino made four saves in his third start of the year and just fourth appearance.
The physical match saw numerous cards handed out including eight yellow and five red cards for the LMU side. The Lions finished the match with seven men on the field.
Despite beginning the season with a 2-9 record, the Lions came alive during WCC play, putting together a five-game unbeaten streak and putting themselves in a position to contend for the conference title for a second straight season. A pair of 1-0 losses in their last two matches put an end to that run as the near turnaround season came to a close Friday.
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