Toreros on Tap for Men's Soccer
The final stretch of non-conference action begins Friday at San Diego.
LOS ANGELES - Riding a three-match unbeaten streak, the LMU men's soccer team kicks off a busy stretch of four matches in nine days when they travel to face San Diego on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
Friday's match against West Coast Conference opponent USD is part of the league's reformatting and does not count in the official league standings/record that determines the WCC champion and winner of the league's NCAA Tournament bid. The WCC men's soccer schedule consists of a single round-robin format in 2014 and begins for LMU on Oct. 17 against newcomer Pacific.
LMU's offense has come out in full force as of late, including a 4-0 shutout of Grand Canyon and a 3-1 victory over San Francisco. The Lions have outscored their last three opponents 8-2. Craig Nitti has scored in each of the last three games while Adiren Perez has also netted a pair of goals during the span.
The Lions now sit at 4-3-3 overall with two non-conference matches remaining on the 2014 slate. Youth has infused the team in the wake of bumps and bruises that have plagued some of the upperclassmen. Freshmen Grant Sampson (2g, 1a), Alvaro Madrigal (4a) and Antonio Porreco (1g) have begun to come into their own, supplying much needed spark and energy to the LMU attack.
San Diego enters its final non-conference match at 4-3-4 overall. The Toreros earned a huge 1-0 upset over then No. 1 UCLA on Sept 26, and have followed that with a 2-0 loss to San Francisco and a 2-1 win over Santa Clara. All four of USD's matches that have gone to double overtime have resulted in a tie. Their only other overtime match resulted in a 1-0 loss to then No. 6 UC Irvine. Connor Brandt and Torrey DeArmas have three goals apiece for USD while Dave Musambi has two goals and a team-high three assists.
Craig Nitti and Adrien Perez were named to the 11-member John Rennie/Nike Invitational All-Tournament Team
Senior defender Craig Nitti was named to the 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
LMU was the preseason pick to repeat as West Coast Conference Champions, earning six first place votes
Five Lions were named to the 11-member All-WCC Preseason Team including Craig Nitti, John McFarlin, Adrien Perez, Paul Blanchette and Sebastian De Rada
Craig Nitt and Adrien Perez were named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's College Soccer Preseason Top 100 Players list Adrien Perez scored his 15th career goal versus Grand Canyon (Sept. 26) putting him in tie for 8th in the LMU career goals record book
Craig Nitti was named to the CollegeSoccerNews.com National Team of the Week (Oct. 5), as well as the College Sports Madness WCC Player of the Week, after scoring a pair of goals against Santa Clara and San Francisco that helped lead the Lions to a 1-0-1 weekend.
SERIES HISTORY VS SAN DIEGO
The Lions are 12-24-4 since 1981 against San Diego. Since the turn of the century nine of the teams' 24 meetings have gone to overtime, four of which have resulted in a tie. Last year the Lions earned a 2-2 draw at Torero Stadium and a 3-2 victory at Sullivan Field. Those results snapped a five-match losing streak to USD dating back to 2010.
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