Lions Are On A Hot Streak
Weekly Release: men's soccer coming off of 2001 LMU Fall Classic Championship
Sept. 25, 2001
The Lions are on a hot streak, coming off of a near-perfect weekend. They hosted the 2001 LMU Fall Classic, and collected a 1-0 win over UC Irvine on Friday, and on Sunday took a 3-1 win away from No. 18 Harvard, handing the Crimson their first loss of the season. The Lions are currently on a four-game winning streak. With this streak the Lions have been ranked No. 9 in the Far West Region of the NSCAA.
The Lions continue their home stance on Friday when they host the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles at 3:00 p.m. Then on Sunday they travel into Bruins territory to play UCLA, game time is also scheduled for a 3:00 p.m. start.
Shutout Of UC Irvine
The Loyola Marymount University men's soccer team shutout the UC Irvine Anteaters 1-0 Friday afternoon on their home turf of Sullivan Field, as they hosted the 2001 LMU Fall Classic Men's Soccer Tournament. The game was even the entire first half, as the teams went into halftime with six shots each and no score on the board. The second half looked as if the game would go into overtime with no score until Kevin Novak took the ball in the air from Matt Kovar for the score at the 83:07 mark. Defense was a major task of the game, as the goalkeepers collected saves at both ends of the field. Dan Sheridan collected his third-straight shutout of the season with the win. He also added to his season stats with his four saves in the game.
Defeat of the #18 Crimson
The Lions added to their winning steak Sunday afternoon as they defeated the No. 18 Harvard Crimson 3-1to win the weekend tournament. The Lions came out strong in the first half as Michael Erush sent a right cross to Arturo Torres for the header into the goal in the ninth minute of the game. Harvard answered back in the 59th minute of the game as Michael Cornish shot the free kick into Ladd Fritz who headed the ball in for the score to tie the game 1-1. Emotions were heated in the second half, as cautions and ejections were assessed to both teams. Kevin Ara, Cornish and Fritz of the Crimson were all sent back to the bench with red cards, giving LMU a three-man advantage for the remaining 13 minutes of the game. The Lions were able to capitalize on the advantage with Torres taking the pass from Andres Murriagui for the game-winning goal in the 76th minute of the game. Julian Gaitan sealed the win for the Lions with his goal with five minutes left in the game. The goal was assisted by the tournament MVP, Torres.
Torres Has Done It Again
Junior forward Arturo Torres was selected as the West Coast Conference Player of the Week for men's soccer, as he led the WCC last week with four goals. Torres was also selected as the LMU Fall Classic MVP over the weekend, netting two goals and assisting on one against Harvard on Sunday. Last week Torres led the Lions in their 4-0 defeat of UC Riverside. Once again Torres leads the Lion in points (11), goals (5) and assists (2). He is the all-time career leader in these categories as well with 79 points, 32 goals, and 16 assists. In the WCC, Torres is in a three-way tie with San Diego's Ryan Coiner and San Francisco's Anthony Medina for season points, and is also tied with San Francisco's Josh Hansen's two game-winning goals on the season.
Back To The Beginning
The Lions are coached by former UCLA great Paul Krumpe (1982-85), who is in his fourth season as head coach. Krumpe was an assistant coach for UCLA from 1995-97 and helped the Bruins win the NCAA title in his final season on the staff. Ironically, Krumpe replaced current UCLA head coach Todd Salda?a at LMU. Salda?a coached the Lions in 1997. Also on the LMU coaching staff is another former Bruin, Brian Irvin (1993-96).
Cal State LA has already surpassed their 4-15 overall record of last year with their 5-5-0 start this season. They are led by youth with 10 freshman this season's roster. Nikos Gutrugianios leads the Eagles in scoring with his nine goals off of 26 shots, and three assists. CSLA is currently ranked second in the CCAA, below Cal State Dominguez Hill, who the Lions defeated 5-0 in the preseason. Otto Rodriguez leads the Eagles in assists with six. Head coach Santos Rivas is currently in his third year at the helm of the Eagles' program.
UCLA is currently ranked No. 11 by Soccer America, and No. 20 by the NSCAA. The Bruins hit the road on Friday to face UC Santa Barbara. UCLA received balanced scoring and cleared the bench in a 4-1 rout over Cal State Fullerton. Cliff McKinley, Tim Pierce, Ahmed Khalil and Adolfo Gregorio scored for the Bruins, with Khalil and Gregorio's goals being their first of the season. Freshman Mike Enfield recorded his first collegiate point with an assist on Gregorio's goal. Enfield set up that goal just seconds after entering the game. UCLA played a total of 24 players in the contest. Senior goalkeeper Stephen Gardner saw his first action as a Bruin, playing eight shutout minutes. Also seeing their first minutes as Bruins were junior transfer Chapin Kreuter and freshman Phillip Harr.