Men's Soccer

20th-Ranked Lions Close Out Non-Conference Season

Senior William Johnson has two assists on the year. (Photo by Scott Cunningham)
Senior William Johnson has two assists on the year. (Photo by Scott Cunningham)

Sept. 23, 2009

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This Week
#20 (SA) LMU (4-2-0) vs. UC Riverside (1-5-0)
Thursday, September 23 • 4:00 p.m.
Sullivan Field • Los Angeles, Calif.
Gametracker and live audio available through LMULions.com

#20 (SA) LMU (4-2-0) at Cal State Bakersfield (3-3-1)
Sunday, September 27 • 7:00 p.m.
Main Soccer Field • Bakersfield, Calif.
Live stats available through GoRunners.com

Briefly
Riding the wave of two wins over top-10 competition in the last two weeks, #20 LMU looks to finish strong with the final two games of its non-conference schedule this week. On Thursday at 4 p.m., the Lions host UC Riverside in just their second home match of the season. That gives way on Sunday to a trip to Cal State Bakersfield in a game that has been pushed back from a 3 p.m. kick-off to 7 p.m.


This week's TEAM LMU Game of the Week is Saturday's men's water polo match against Long Beach State. The purpose of TEAM LMU is to bring Lion fans together as one, creating an atmosphere that helps build the Lions into champions, while allowing all to enjoy the benefits of our corporate partners. For more information about TEAM LMU, log on to www.LMULions.com/teamlmu.

Coming to a Game?
If you are planning to attend a game at LMU this season, then be sure to reserve your tickets today by ordering online at www.LMULions.com or by calling the LMU Ticket Office at (310) 338-LION. The Loyola Marymount University campus is located in Westchester at 1 LMU Drive, approximately four miles north of the Los Angeles International Airport. Visitors must use the main entrance off of Lincoln Blvd. on LMU Drive. Parking for Sullivan Field will be in General Parking Lot A.

Lions Audio Network
Once again, in conjunction with Stretch Internet, all LMU home games will be broadcast live online at www.LMULions.com. Just click on the "Listen Live" link on the men's soccer home page, then click on "Listen" or "Archive" next to the game of your choice. All broadcasts will be archived within 72 hours of their original airing and will include both the 15-minute pre-game show and post-game interviews.

LMU Sports Weekly
"LMU Sports Weekly" is a special inside look at LMU Athletics each and every week only through the Lions' Audio Network on Stretch Internet. Airing every Wednesday around 4 p.m., the show will feature interviews, audio highlights, and pregame and postgame interviews. In addition to being able to listen online, fans will also be able to download each and every episode via ITunes Podcasts by searching "LMU" in the iTunes Store. Find the podcast at www.LMULions.com/multimedia.

Inside the Lions
"Inside the Lions" hosted by Jarred DuBois is a special look into LMU Athletics and its student-athletes in a 10 to 15 minute show hosted by a student-athlete, sophomore men's basketball guard Jarred DuBois. Airing roughly twice a month, each episode will highlight a student-athlete and give an inside look to why LMU is such a special place. In addition, highlights from top games and other game day features will be within the show. Take a look at the newest show or past shows at www.LMULions.com/multimedia.

Follow the Lions Online
Log on to www.LMULions.com for all the latest info on the Lions, including updated schedules, rosters, player bios, and more. Don't forget to also sign up to follow the Lions on Facebook (Facebook.com/LMULions) and Twitter (Twitter.com/LMULions). For more inside information, follow along with sophomore Tyler Krumpe as he blogs weekly about the team, classes, and anything else that catches his fancy.

Time Change for Cal State Bakersfield
Please note that LMU's match at Cal State Bakersfield this Sunday, September 27 has been pushed back to a 7 p.m. kick-off from the originally scheduled 3 p.m.

Guide Available Online
The 2009 LMU men's soccer guide is now available online for viewing and download at www.LMULions.com. This is the only source of copies of the guide.

Krumpe and Baca to Appear on Wednesday's "WCC Live"
Head Coach Paul Krumpe and junior forward Rafael Baca will be among the guests on the second episode of WCC Live, which will air from 8:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23. Krumpe and Baca will occupy the 8:45-9:00 p.m. slot and will take questions from host Jeff Lampe, as well as those submitted by fans via e-mail and live on-air. WCC Live is a weekly online call-in show hosted by Jeff Lampe, who also serves as the LMU's men's basketball play-by-play announcer. Airing from 8:00-9:00 p.m. every Wednesday night, the show features interviews with coaches and student-athletes from the eight conference member schools, along with recaps and previews of league action. Fans can participate to ask the guests questions by calling the listener line at 646-378-1311 or emailing questions to wcclive@ymail.com, which can also be done ahead of time as well. To listen to the show live, just go to www.blogtalkradio.com/wccsports. Fans can also listen to any previous episode from the Podcentral tab on WCCSports.com. In addition, fans can win a weekly prize by answering the weekly trivia question of the week.

LMU Remains in National Top-25
After being absent from any national rankings since early in the 2006 season, LMU made its long-awaited return to the top-25 last week, checking in at #18 in the Soccer America national rankings. Sunday's win over #5 Dartmouth did nothing but improve the Lions' national stature as they are now in four of the polls: #20 in Soccer America, #25 in Soccer Times, #28 in Top Drawer Soccer, and #30 in College Soccer News. The Lions are also receiving votes in the NSCAA/adidas rankings and are holding tight at seventh in the Far West Region rankings.
LMU was last ranked on August 30, 2006, when it got as high as 18th in the Soccer America poll following its upset win over then-#2 Connecticut. The Lions were also ranked 22nd in the College Soccer News poll and #23 in the Soccer Times poll. LMU fell out of each of the rankings the following week and had not been back since.

Rafael Baca Hauls in Weekly Awards
Junior Rafael Baca added to his 2009 honors on Monday with two he had yet to win when he was named the West Coast Conference's Player of the Week and to the Soccer America Team of the Week for September 14-20. Baca's two goals on Sunday helped lead the 18th-ranked Lions to a 3-2 victory over #5 Dartmouth at the San Diego Nike Classic. The WCC award is Baca's first of his career while he is the second straight Lion to take home the Player of the Week honor, following up redshirt freshman Max Young's recognition last week.
Baca (Lawndale, Calif.) increased his WCC-leading goals total to five with his second multi-goal outing of the season on Sunday. With LMU leading 1-0, Baca doubled the Lions' lead with his first goal of the day in the 52nd minute. After Dartmouth rallied back to tie the game with 10 minutes remaining, Baca notched his second game-winning goal of the year, striking a shot from the corner of the penalty box that lifted the Lions to the win. His performance earned him a place on the San Diego Nike Classic All-Tournament Team.

Last Week Recap
Coming off its upset of then-#6 UC Santa Barbara on September 13, the road didn't get any easier for LMU as it journeyed south to the San Diego Nike Classic to take on #15 Michigan State and #5 Dartmouth. The weekend started poorly against the Spartans as the Lions were blanked 3-0 on Friday. LMU's defense was strong, limiting MSU to just five shots, but LMU could only muster five of its own and the Spartans made more count. That would change on Sunday when the Lions jumped out to a 2-0 lead against Dartmouth thanks to goals from senior Steffen Canty and junior Rafael Baca. Canty gave LMU the lead in the 44th minute, then set up Baca in the 52nd for LMU's second. The Lions looked to be cruising but Daniel Keat struck twice in the space of four minutes to even the score with 10 minutes left. Baca still had some magic left, though, and showed why he's one of the top players in the country when he latched on to a corner kick and scorched his shot through the crowded penalty box for the game-winning goal nine minutes from the end. Sophomore Jack McCormack made three saves in goal to improve to 2-0 on the season.

About the UC Riverside Highlanders (1-5-0)
UC Riverside traveled to the UNLV Rebel Classic last weekend but fell to Florida Gulf Coast University and Illinois-Chicago by scores of 3-0 in each match. On Friday against FGCU, UCR held a 19-12 shot advantage and played a man up for the final 18 minutes but were unable to find the net. The scoreline was the same on Sunday against UIC, with the Highlanders conceding a first half goal, then dropping two more in the second half. Normando Mariscal, Tyler Wilson, and Joel Garcia each has a goal and an assist to lead the Highlanders on the season. UCR's lone victory came on September 13 against San Jose State.
Last year, UCR went 4-15-1, placing seventh in the Big West with a 1-9-0 record. The Lions and Highlanders have squared off six times over the years, with LMU having yet to drop a contest. The teams last met on September 26, 2004, a 5-2 Lion victory.

About the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (3-3-1)
Cal State Bakersfield headed across the country last weekend to the UNC Charlotte Tournament, where they split their matches against the hosts and Appalachian State. On Friday, UNCC scored twice in each half to hand the Roadrunners a 4-0 defeat. CSUB bounced back on Sunday, however, with a 2-0 victory over Appalachian State. Robbie Gould scored the opener in the sixth minute off a feed from Kory Kindle and Kindle put the game away in the 75th minute. Eric Shannon notched his second shutout of the year. Evan Fassler and Oscar Coppieters each have two goals to pace the Roadrunners, who were 4-13-0 last season as an independent.
LMU has won all three historic matches against CSUB. Last year, the Lions needed overtime to come back from a 1-0 deficit and win on Fernando Barba's goal just 27 seconds into OT.

LMU vs. Ranked Opponents
Head Coach Paul Krumpe has always made it a point to schedule difficult opponents and this year is no different. The Lions have already faced three ranked opponents during the non-conference slate, marking the 10th straight season that the Lions have matched up against a top-25 school before WCC play begins. LMU performed well, going 2-1-0 in this year's three consecutive games against ranked schools (#6 UC Santa Barbara, #15 Michigan State, and #5 Dartmouth) but it is nothing compared to last year, when the Lions opened the year with six straight top-25 contests, going 1-2-3. Overall, the Lions have fared well against the nation's best, turning in a record of 24-36-7, including posting seven wins on the road. LMU has also defeated a ranked foe in every season this decade and has two or more victories against a top-25 opponent in eight of the last nine seasons. Since 2001, the Lions are 23-23-4 vs. the top-25.

Baca Back Atop the Charts
In each of his first two seasons at LMU, Rafael Baca led the Lions in scoring. There's no reason for him to change that pattern now that he is a junior as he is once again leading the Lions after his two-goal performances at San Diego State and vs. #5 Dartmouth, and the opener at #6 UCSB.
A Hermann Trophy candidate for the nation's best player, Baca leads the team and the conference with five goals and ten points in six games, both of which put him among the top 26 players nationally. Even more impressive than Baca's scoring numbers has been how efficient he has been this season. After needing 67 shots to score five goals in 2008, he has five goals on his first 15 shots of 2009. His 113 career shot attempts are sixth all-time at the school. He has also moved into the LMU career top-10 for goals, tying for ninth with 12, and his four career game-winning goals are tied for fourth all-time at LMU. Despite being named to the Preseason All-WCC Team this year, the All-WCC First Team last year, and to the Second and All-Freshman Teams in 2007, it wasn't until September 21 of this year that Baca picked up his first career WCC Player of the Week award.

Rolling Three-Deep in Goal
Head Coach Paul Krumpe said at the beginning of the year that any one of his goalkeepers could start at any program on the west coast. Six games into the season, his words ring prophetic as all three of the Lions' keepers have proved themselves worthy of starting. Fifth-year senior Patrick Sampson has started three games in 2009 after posting the second-highest GAA in school history in 2008. Redshirt sophomore Jack McCormack got his shot in the home opener and recorded his first career shutout with a 1-0 victory over San Jose State and moved his record to 2-0 with a win over #5 Dartmouth. And all redshirt freshman Max Young did was earn WCC Player of the Week honors after defeating #6 UC Santa Barbara in his collegiate debut. So who's going to start between the pipes next game? Stay tuned.

Lions Off to Best Start Since 2002
At 4-2-0, LMU is assured of at least a .500 record heading into conference play and is off to its best start to the season since the 2002 campaign, when it opened 5-0-1. Should the Lions earn at least one victory or tie this week, they will have their first non-conference winning season since 2006, when they went 4-3-0. The four victories this year tie for the most out of WCC play since the conference went to the double round-robin format in 2004.

Krumpe the Elder, Krumpe the younger Acknowledged
Head Coach Paul Krumpe and sophomore defender Tyler Krumpe (who happen to be father and son in case you weren't paying attention) were noted in the most recent College Soccer Reporter article in Soccer America. The feature, written by Paul Kennedy, highlights "sons of former U.S. men's national team players... [who are] making a name for themselves". Kennedy writes, "Tyler Krumpe, who plays for father Paul Krumpe at Loyola Marymount, has started every game for the Lions, who knocked off unbeaten Dartmouth 3-2, on Sunday and are No. 20 in the Soccer America Men's Top 25."

Krumpe Reaches His Century in Historic Win
Already the winningest coach in LMU history, Paul Krumpe hit a personal milestone on September 13 when he recorded his 100th career coaching victory in LMU's 2-1 victory at then-#6 UC Santa Barbara. Now in his 12th season with the Lions, Krumpe enters this week's play with a record of 101-95-25 and is the fourth active WCC coach to achieve the feat.

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