May 31, 2012
LOS ANGELES - A late push to content for the 2011 West Coast Conference title came up just short for the LMU men's soccer team, but they will be right back at it again in 2012, beginning with a home-heavy non-conference slate and a trio of matches against 2011 NCAA Tournament qualifiers.
The Lions begin the 2012 season with a six-match homestand beginning Aug. 26 against UC Santa Barbara, which reached the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and won it's last College Cup title in 2006. The stretch at Sullivan Field continues with UNLV (Aug. 31), Cornell (Sept. 2), Cal State Fullerton (Sept. 7), Tulsa (Sept. 9) and UCLA (Sept. 16). The Bruins reached the Final Four of the 2011 College Cup before falling to eventual national champion North Carolina.
LMU concludes non-conference action with a trip to the Bay Area, facing Pac-12 members Stanford (Sept. 21) and Cal (Sept. 23). WCC action begins Oct. 5 as the Lions host Gonzaga, followed by an Oct. 7 tilt against Portland and Oct. 10 meeting with San Diego.
The Lions conclude the first round of WCC play on the road at San Francisco (Oct. 12) and San Diego (Oct. 24), then begin the second round of play on Oct. 28 hosting the Dons. The final two weeks of the regular season take LMU to Portland (Nov. 2) and Gonzaga (Nov. 4), then back home to host Santa Clara (Nov. 9) and Saint Mary's (Nov. 9).
The Gaels won the highly contested 2011 WCC title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. LMU finished fifth with a 7-12-1 overall mark and 5-6-1 record in conference play. A strong finish to the season kept the Lions in contention for the conference title as they went 5-3-1 in their final nine matches.