Lions Host Second Straight Ranked Opponent
LMU men's soccer hosts crosstown rival UCLA on Sunday at Sullivan Field.
Sept. 14, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The LMU men's soccer team closes out its season-opening six-game homestand on Sunday, Sept. 16, hosting crosstown rival UCLA, which is ranked as high as No. 7 in the most recent national polls. Kick off at Sullivan Field is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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Sunday, Sept. 16 - LMU vs. No. 7 UCLA, 2:00 p.m.
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LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions split a pair of matches last week, picking up their first win of the season in a 1-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton, then falling 3-0 to the No. 24 Tulsa... Against the Titans, freshman Pedro Velazquez converted a penalty kick for the Lions and goalkeeper Vince Paldino came up with a big save on a CSUF PK attempt to preserve the victory... Against the Golden Hurricanes freshman goalkeeper Paul Blanchette had three big saves, but the Lions got little going offensively and Tulsa scored twice in the first half and once in the second in securing the win...
INSIDE THE LIONS
Freshman Pedro Velazquez leads the Lions with two goals while sophomore Craig Nitti has scored once... Four players have started all five matches thus far while 15 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 earned the start in the first three games, making 10 saves and posting a 1.55 GAA... Vince Paldino earned his first start of the year against Cal State Fullerton (Sept. 7), picking up the win while making three saves... Freshman Paul Blanchette made his first collegiate appearance at the end of the CSUF game, and then earned his first start against Tulsa... The Lions have been outscored 8-3 overall in their five matches thus far... 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 BRUINS
Since the 1980 season, the Lions are 2-16-1 against the UCLA Bruins... UCLA has won the last three straight meetings, including a 2-1 decision in 2011... LMU played all but 13 minutes of that match a man down after senior midfielder Logan McDaniel was issued a red card... Trailing 2-0 in the second half to the then 17th-ranked Bruins, LMU got one goal back on a Artur Jozkowicz penalty kick, but could not find the equalizer...
THE UCLA BRUINS
UCLA is 3-1-1 on the year and is riding a three-game win streak entering Sunday's match... The Bruins dropped a tight 3-2 decision to then No. 6 New Mexico to open the 2012 campaign, then tied then No. 6 Maryland, 2-2... Since then, UCLA has topped Virginia, 1-0 in overtime, then No. 24 Tulsa, 1-0, and then No. 11 UC Irvine, 2-1... Reed Williams and Max Estrada have two goals apiece while Victor Munoz has a team-high three assists... Juan Cervantes has seen most of the action in goal, making 16 saves (.800 save percentage) while recording two shutouts and holding a 0.91 GAA... The Bruins are ranked in numerous national polls this week, including a high of No. 7 in the College Soccer News Top 30 poll...
COMING UP NEXT
The Lions hit the road for the first time this season, and conclude non-conference action, traveling north to face a pair of Pac-12 programs. On Friday, Sept. 21, LMU takes on Stanford at 4 p.m. in Palo Alto, followed by a Sunday, Sept. 23 noon match at Cal. Both games will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network.
Sunday's match against UCLA 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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