Homestand Continues, Lions Host Titans and Hurricanes
LMU men's soccer hosts Cal State Fullerton on Friday and No. 24 Tulsa on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES - LMU men's soccer is home on Sullivan Field for the third consecutive week, hosting Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Sept 7 at 3 p.m. and Tulsa on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.
LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions went 0-1-1 last week, earning a 1-1 draw against UNLV on Friday, Aug. 31 before dropping a 2-0 decision to Cornell on Sunday, Sept. 2... Against the Rebels, Pedro Velazquez scored in the 62nd minute, but just three minutes later UNLV netted the equalizer and neither team was able to break through a second time, settling for the 1-1 tie... On Sunday, Cornell's Daniel Haber found the back of the net once in each half as the Lions suffered their first shutout of the season...
INSIDE THE LIONS
The young Lions squad continues to search for its first win of the season after going 0-2-1 in its first three matches... Sophomore Craig Nitti and freshman Pedro Velazquez have each scored a goal for LMU... Six players have started all three matches thus far while 11 other players have also earned at least one start as the Lions work to find the most effect lineup... In goal, redshirt junior Billy Thompson has played all 290 minutes, making 10 saves and holding a 1.55 GAA... The 31-member side features 12 freshmen, 12 sophomores, four juniors and three seniors... Head Coach Paul Krumpe is in his 15th year at the helm of the Lion program... The Lions were picked to finish fourth in the 2012 WCC Preseason Poll... LMU went 7-12-1 overall and 5-6-1 in the WCC, good for fifth place, in 2011...
HEAD-TO-HEAD VS. THE TITANS
The Lions are 2-10-0 all-time against Cal State Fullerton, though the teams have not met since the 2000 season... Both Lion victories came on the road, including a 4-3 victory in 1993 and a 1-0 shutout in 1996... The teams' last meeting, on Sept. 17, 2000, resulted in a 3-1 Titan win at Sullivan Field...
THE CAL STATE FULLERTON TITANS
Cal State Fullerton is 1-3-0 on the season... The Titans dropped their first three games of the season, 1-0 to American, 4-0 to Portland and 2-1 to Cornell, before breaking through with a 2-1 double overtime victory over UNLV in their last outing... Jonathan Birt scored in the 105th minute to break the 1-1 tie and put the Titans in the win column... Jaime Cano and Jesse Escalante have also each scored a goal for CSUF... In goal, freshman Adam Zepeda has started all four games, making 19 saves while holding a 1.98 GAA... In the league's preseason poll, the Titans were picked to finish fourth in the Big West South Division...
HEAD-TO-HEAD VS. THE GOLDEN HURRICANE
Sunday's game against Tulsa will be the fourth all-time meeting between the Lions and Golden Hurricane... LMU will be seeking its first all-time victory against TU... The teams met last fall in Oklahoma where the Hurricanes earned a 2-0 win over LMU...
THE TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE
Tulsa enters the week 2-1-0, including a 4-0 win over UMKC and a 2-1 overtime victory over then No. 3 New Mexico... The Hurricanes' loss was a 2-1 final against then No. 4 South Florida... Tulsa faces UCLA on Friday in Westwood before taking on LMU on Sunday... The Hurricanes are ranked No. 24 in the most recent Soccer American Top 25, released Sept. 5 and No. 30 in the most recent College Soccer News Top 30 Poll, released Sept. 3... They are also receiving votes in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA DI national poll, released Sept. 4...
COMING UP NEXT
The Lions' six-game, season-opening homestand concludes on Sunday, Sept. 16 when they host UCLA. Kick off at Sullivan Field is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Sunday's match against Tulsa is one of four TeamLMU men's soccer matches this season. TeamLMU brings Lion fans and alums, LMU partners and student-athletes together as one, creating an atmosphere that helps build the Lions into champions. Each week that LMU hosts an event throughout the 2012-13 year, there will be at least one highlighted TeamLMU Event of the Week which will include special promotions, giveaways and opportunities to be part of the team. For more information on TEAM LMU, go online at LMULions.com/school-bio/teamlmu/html.
WELLS FARGO PCH CUP
Separated by 19.1 miles of scenic coastline, longtime cross-town adversaries Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine have come together in an effort to boost their decades-long rivalry with the creation of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Challenge...the series, which is in its fourth year, serves as an annual scorecard for the NCAA-sponsored athletic contests between the Lions and Waves, and challenges each institution to rise above the other within the West Coast Conference...any head-to-head competition, including matches in the post-season and tournaments throughout the year, will be counted toward the scoring and added to the scorecard as they occur...for the sports in which the two teams do not meet head-to-head, the teams will battle for points that will be awarded on the basis of overall finish at their respective post-season championships...Pepperdine has won the challenge in each of the first three seasons...to learn more about the PCH Challenge and view the current scorecard, please visit: http://www.lmulions.com/trads/PCH-Cup.html.
SEASON TICKET SCARF
This season, LMU is offering the Season Ticket Scarf Pack for season access to all home preseason and regular season events for men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, women's basketball, baseball and softball - a total of more than 100 home games for just $30! And, as the name suggests, the Season Ticket is the limited edition LMU Scarf. Call the LMU Ticket Office at 310-338-LION or go online today!
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