No.21 Lions Advance To Second Round Of NCAA College Cup With 1-0 Win Over CS Northridge
The Lions will make their first-ever appearance in the second round of the NCAA College Cup against No.3 UCLA this Wednesday.
Nov. 23, 2002
Los Angeles, Calif., - Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002 - The No.21-ranked Loyola Marymount University men's soccer team defeated Cal State Northridge, 1-0, in front of a crowd of 1,075 at Sullivan Field on Saturday afternoon. With the win the Lions improve their record to 15-4-2 overall and advance on to play No.3 UCLA in Round 2 of the NCAA College Cup Tournament. It is the first time in program history that the Lions move pass the first round. Senior forward Arturo Torres scored the game-winning goal for LMU, it was his eighth goal of the year.
Both teams came out strong defensively in the first half. LMU took five first half shots to CSUN's two. The Lions had the first scoring chance of the game in the 38th minute on a shot by senior forward Julian Gaitan. Gaitan's shot was stopped by Matador goalkeeper Joe Barton for one of his four saves in the game.
CSUN came right back in the 39th minute on a shot by Jesse Servin. Servin's goal attempt was collected cleanly by Lion keeper Adam Sthay. Sthay, who faced only four shots in the contest, finished with two saves.
The Lions turned up the heat offensively in the second half. LMU's defense kicked in and they kept the ball on CSUN's half of the field for most of the second period.
"It was a well played, well battled game," said LMU Head Coach Paul Krumpe. "We're a much better second half team. We take the opportunity to rest and refocus on our game and it showed today."
LMU nearly took the lead when senior forward Michael Coakley put his head on a ball that was sent from junior midfielder Kevin Novak in the 56th minute. CSUN keeper Barton was right on top of the play though, collecting the ball almost immediately. Just seconds later Torres' got off his first shot attempt of the game which missed wide right of the goal by inches. Torres would not miss later though as junior Yuji Teranishi found him on a pass from the left side for the header (83:54).
"Yuji did a great job of finding me on the far post," commented Torres. "All I had to do was put my head out there, he found it. Credit to Yuji, half the goal belongs to him."
The Matadors had scoring chances of their own. With 23 minutes left in regulation, CSUN's Daniel Paladini's shot went over the outstretched arms of Sthay and hit the crossbar. The Matadors were unable to gain control of the rebound and the Lion defense cleared the ball.
That would be CSUN's last challenge of the game as Lion keeper Sthay picked up his sixth shutout of the year tying the LMU record for single-season shutouts. The Matadors end their season with a 14-5-2 record.
The Lions advance to face No.3 UCLA in Round 2 of the NCAA College Cup. That game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start on Wednesday, Nov. 27 on Frank W. Marshall Field at Drake Stadium on the Bruin campus.
Tickets for Wednesday's second round event at UCLA can be purchased by calling the LMU ticket office at (310) 338-LION. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for students and children. The LMU ticket office is open Monday-Friday 12-6 p.m.
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