Men's Soccer Begins Round Two of WCC Play
The Lions travel to face San Diego on Wednesday then return home to host San Francisco on Sunday.
Oct. 23, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The LMU men's soccer team begins its second round of WCC action this week following a 12-day hiatus from competition. On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the Lions travel to face San Diego at 7 p.m., then return home on Sunday, Oct. 28 to host San Francisco. Kick off at Sullivan Field is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 24 - LMU at San Diego, 7:00 p.m.
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LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions closed out a tough stretch of playing four games in eight days with a 2-0 loss at San Francisco on Oct. 12... The Dons scored once in each half in the match to hold on for the shutout final... LMU began that four-game, eight-day stretch with a 2-1 double overtime win against Gonzaga, then suffered back-to-back 2-1 losses at home to Portland and San Diego... In both matches, the Lions took a 1-0 lead early in the first half, but could hold on, or build on, the slim advantage...
INSIDE THE LIONS
The Lions enter the second round of WCC play with a 3-9-2 overall record and 1-5-1 conference mark, sitting in sixth place with four points... They will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak on Wednesday at San Diego... Prior to their 2-1 overtime loss to San Diego on Oct. 10, the Lions were unbeaten in overtime games this year including two ties and two wins... Freshman Pedro Velazquez leads the squad with three goals while sophomore John McFarlin leads the team in assists with three... In addition to Velazquez, seven additional Lions have found the back of the net, including a pair of goals from Craig Nitti... Paul Blanchette made his first collegiate appearance at the end of the Cal State Fullerton match on Sept. 7, and then earned his first start against Tulsa... The freshman has now appeared in the last 11 matches, making 51 saves and holding a 1.49 GAA... The Lions have been outscored 21-11 overall in their 14 matches thus far... The 2-1 win over Gonzaga on Oct. 5 marked the third time LMU has scored multiple goals in a match, having also done so at Stanford and Saint Mary's... LMU has also been held scoreless six times... The 31-member side features 12 freshmen, 12 sophomores, four juniors and three seniors... Twenty-four different players have earned at least one start this season... Mitch Boland is the only player to start all 14 games... Head Coach Paul Krumpe is in his 15th year at the helm of the Lion program... The Lions were picked to finish fourth in the 2012 WCC Preseason Poll...
HEAD-TO-HEAD VS. THE TOREROS
The Lions are 11-23-3 all-time against San Diego... The Toreros have won the last four meetings, including a 2-1 overtime victory at Sullivan Field on Oct. 10... Pedro Velazquez put the Lions on the board early in the first half, but USD tallied the equalizer in the 21st minute and netted the game-winner 1:32 into overtime...
THE SAN DIEGO TOREROS
San Diego returns from a 10-day break from action with a 7-6-0 overall record and 5-1-0 mark in WCC play, putting the Toreros in a tie for first atop the standings... USD is riding a five-game win streak that dates back to Sept. 30... Dan Delgado leads the Toreros with five goals and two assists for 12 points... Patrick Wallen has four goals and Sergio Lopez has scored three times... Both Michael D'Arrigo and Drew Illjevski have seen significant minutes in goal, with Illjevski making the last five starts... The redshirt sophomore is now 5-1-0 with 23 saves, two shutouts and a 1.47 GAA...
HEAD-TO-HEAD VS. THE DONS
The Lions are 8-26-1 all-time against San Francisco... The Lions have won five of the last eight meetings, including a sweep of the season series in 2011... The teams last met on Oct. 12 in San Francisco where to Dons scored once in each half on their way to a 2-0 victory...
THE SAN FRANCISCO DONS
San Francisco has been on an extended break from action, last taking the field on Oct. 14 when they fell 2-0 to San Diego... The Dons will face Saint Mary's on Friday before making the trip to Los Angeles on Sunday... at 5-5-2 overall and 3-3-0 in WCC play, USF enters the week in a tie for fourth in the WCC standings... Mauricio De Leon leads the team with four goals and two assists for 10 points... David Romney and Sixto Porras have chipped in two goals each for a side that has scored 14 goals this year... In goal, Brendan Roslund has made 42 saves while posting three shutouts and a 1.02 GAA in 12 games...
COMING UP NEXT
The Lions hit the road for the final time this season, traveling to face Portland on Nov. 2 and Gonzaga on Nov. 4...The regular-season then concludes the following weekend when LMU hosts Santa Clara (Nov. 9) and Saint Mary's (Nov. 11)...
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WELLS FARGO PCH CUP
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 fourth 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...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...Pepperdine has won the challenge in each of the first three seasons...to learn more about the PCH Challenge and view the current scorecard, please visit: http://www.lmulions.com/trads/PCH-Cup.html.
SEASON TICKET SCARF
This season, LMU is offering the Season Ticket Scarf Pack for season access to all home preseason and regular season events for men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, women's basketball, baseball and softball - a total of more than 100 home games for just $30! And, as the name suggests, the Season Ticket is the limited edition LMU Scarf. Call the LMU Ticket Office at 310-338-LION or go online today!
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