Men's Soccer Looks to Climb the WCC Standings

Fernando Barba

Oct. 13, 2011

LOS ANGELES - Coming off a big WCC win at Portland last week, the LMU men's soccer team returns to Sullivan Field to host Santa Clara on Friday, Oct. 14 and San Francisco on Sunday, Oct. 16. Both WCC matches kick off at 3 p.m.

LMU vs. Santa Clara
Location: Sullivan Field
Date: Friday, Oct. 7
Time: 3 p.m.
Series:LMU trails 8-22-5
Last Result:Oct. 31, 2010 at LMU: L, 2-1
Live Audio: Lions' Audio Network

LMU vs. San Francisco
Location: Sullivan Field
Date: Sunday, Oct. 9
Time: 3 p.m.
Series:LMU trails 6-25-1
Last Result:Nov. 14, 2010 at LMU: L, 1-0
Live Audio: Lions' Audio Network

On the road for a pair of WCC matches, LMU went 1-1 last weekend. At Gonzaga, the Lions held a 2-1 lead courtesy of two goals scored by Phil Da Silva. But an own goal leveled the score at 2-2 and the Bulldogs were able to net the game-winner four minutes into overtime. On Sunday at Portland, Da Silva was again a driving force for the Lions' attack, scoring his third goal in two games to make it 1-1 17 minutes in. The Pilots would take a 2-1 lead into the half, but Fernando Barba and Dylan Seedman each tallied their first goal of the season in the second half. The Lions then held on for the final 25 minutes for their first WCC win of the season. Max Young earned his first collegiate win in goal, making two saves in the second half.



LMU scored a combined five goals in its last two games after managing just three combined goals during the previous six outings. The three goals scored on Sunday at Portland was the second most in a single game this fall. The Lions scored four times in a 4-1 win over UC Riverside on Sept. 9.

Phil Da Silva's three goals scored last weekend move him into a tie with Artur Jozkowicz for the team lead of three. Da Silva also collected his team-leading fourth assist of the season and now leads all Lions with 10 points.

The Lions are 8-22-5 all-time against Santa Clara. LMU's last win over the Broncos came on Oct. 14, 2008 - a 3-0 final at Sullivan Field. The three ensuing match-ups results in double overtime draws. Santa Clara finally broke that streak in the most recent meeting between the two squads, taking a 2-1 win on Halloween of 2010. Artur Jozkowicz gave LMU a 1-0 lead in that match, but the Broncos rallied with a pair of late goals.

Santa Clara enters the week with a 6-3-3 overall record and 2-2-0 mark in WCC play. Only one team has scored in all four of the Broncos' conference matches. They took 1-0 and 2-0 wins over Portland and Gonzaga, respectively, during the first week of play, then fell 2-0 to both San Francisco and Saint Mary's last week. Santa Clara has six total shutouts, including five shutout wins and one scoreless draw. Goalkeeper Kevin Klasila has made 46 saves on his way to a 0.80 goals against average and six shutouts. Offensively, Erik Hurtado is Santa Clara's go-to guy, leading the way with five goals and four assists for 14 points. His goals, assists and points totals all lead the WCC through Oct. 9.

In 32 all-time meetings, LMU has six wins over San Francisco, but three of those have come in the last five matches. Last season, the teams split the home-and-home series, each winning on their opponent's home pitch. Christian Alvarado notched the game-winner on Oct. 1 as the Lions took a 1-0 victory in San Francisco. In the final regular-season match of the year, however, the Dons scored the lone goal of the game with five minutes remaining, pushing LMU into a tie for its first-ever WCC championship.

San Francisco enters the week atop the WCC standings at 3-0-1 while also holding a 5-4-2 overall record. The Dons are riding a five-game unbeaten streak that began with a Sept. 25, 3-0 shutout of San Jose State. They followed with wins over Gonzaga, 1-0, Portland, 2-1, and Santa Clara, 2-0. Most recently they played Saint Mary's to a 0-0 draw. San Francisco will face San Diego on Friday before taking on the Lions at Sullivan Field on Sunday. Miguel Aguilar and Marice Diaz De Leon share the team lead with four goals apiece. In goal, Brendan Roslund has four shutouts and a 0.85 goals against average in 10 games.

Through games played on Oct. 12, San Francisco sits atop the WCC standings with an unbeaten 3-0-1 record, good for 10 points. Fellow unbeaten Saint Mary's (2-0-2) is in second with eight points followed by San Diego (2-1-1) and Gonzaga in a tie for third with seven points each. Santa Clara (2-2-0) is in fifth with six points, LMU (1-3-0) is in sixth with three points and Portland (0-4-1) rounds things out with one point. With 12 games on the conference slate, however, there is plenty of time remaining for teams to make moves in the standings and, ultimately, challenge for the WCC title and NCAA automatic berth.

Senior goalkeeper Jack McCormack earned his 16th career win on Sept. 9 against UC Riverside, moving him into a three-way tie for second in career goalkeeper wins in LMU's all-time record book. Robert Flores (2002, 04-06) holds the all-time record of 24.

LMU's senior defender Roger Downes and senior midfielder Artur Jozkowicz both earned recognition on the 11-member 2011 Preseason All-West Coast Conference Team. Downes, who led the 2010 squad in minutes played (1798) has continued his role as an integral member of the Lions' back line, starting seven games this season, missing one due to injury. Jozkowicz has had the hot foot as of late, scoring three goals in the last four games.

After clinching a share of the team's first West Coast Conference title in program history last season, LMU was selected to repeat as WCC men's soccer champions this season. The Lions earned six first-place votes and 36 points overall in a preseason poll of the West Coast Conference's seven head coaches. San Diego (27 points) was picked to finished second followed by Santa Clara (26 points), Portland (21 points), Saint Mary's (19 points), Gonzaga (9 points) and San Francisco (9 points).

LMU has a 12-day break from competition, then returns to the field Oct. 28 at Santa Clara and Oct. 30 at San Francisco.

LMU is celebrating its Centennial in 2011-12 and athletics will honor the anniversary all season long. LMUat100 will feature a Centennial Game for each of the varsity programs, which will include men's soccer on Sunday, Nov. 6 against Gonzaga. The game will feature special promotions, giveaways and honor the history of LMU athletics and LMU men's soccer. For more information, visit

Fans can still be a part of LMU's Centennial Celebration with the 2011-12 Centennial Scarf Season Ticket. Pick up the limited edition Centennial Scarf and gain access to more than 60 LMU home events, including the rest of the 2011 men's soccer season. For just $30 fans get the Centennial Scarf which is also a season ticket to five LMU programs, including men's and women's soccer, men's and women's water polo and women's volleyball. Stop by the ticket office or call 310-338-LION today!

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 third 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. LMU and Pepperdine will be represented by over 12 of their intercollegiate athletic teams through both regular and post-season competitions over the course of the academic calendar. 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. The Waves have won each of the first two competitions, and currently lead the Lions, 3-0, in 2011-12. To learn more about the PCH Challenge and view the current scorecard, please visit:



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