LMU Men's Soccer Breaks Into Top 20
Lions make first ever appearance in national rankings at number 16 in the country.
Oct. 1, 2001
Los Angeles, Calif. (October 1, 2001)-- Thanks in part to a six-game winning streak and a first-ever win against the 11th ranked UCLA Bruins, the Loyola Marymount University men's soccer team finds itself in unchartered waters. The Lions, 6-3 on the season, were voted No. 16 by Soccer America in the poll released Monday afternoon.
After starting the season 0-3, including a heartbreaking 1-0 loss at second-ranked Stanford on a penalty kick late in the game, the Lions have rolled off six straight victories. In the winning streak, the Lions have received balanced scoring and solid defense.
Expected to be a top the scoring charts for the Lions this season was junior Arturo Torres. Torres, LMU's all-time leading scorer with 27 goals coming into the season, has added six this season to his record total for 33. However, Head Coach Paul Krumpe stressed the need for someone else to step up offensively for the Lions. Junior Andres Murriagui has done just that.
Murriagui is tied for the team lead with six goals of his own, four coming in his best game of his young career. The Laguna Hills native scored four first half goals in the Lions' 5-2 win over Cal State Los Angeles on Sept. 28. He set the school record for goals in a half and tied the mark for goals in a game, which is also held by Torres. His eight points in the game also tied Torres' single game record.
Murriagui also added his third assist of the season on Torres' game-winner against UCLA on Sunday afternoon. His nine-point, two-game outburst earned him the West Coast Conference Player of the Week honor. It is the second consecutive player of the week honor for the Lions. Torres won it last week.
Along with the Lions' offense, the defense has been stellar. In the six-game streak, four of the wins have been shutouts by goalie Dan Sheridan. His four shutouts increase his career total to seven and he is three shy of the shutouts in a season record. Sheridan has posted a 0.71 goals against average, which is also reflective of the Lions' defense. The defensive duo of Matt Kovar and Jeff Kovar have suffocated the Lions' opponents. In the win against UCLA the Lions held the Bruins to three shots on goal.
In addition to the No. 16 ranking by Soccer America, the Lions moved up four places in the Far West Region poll by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America. They moved from No. 9 to No. 5 this week.
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