Round Two of WCC Play Begins on the Road
The LMU men's soccer team begins its second round of WCC play this week, interestingly enough, against the same two sides it last played before the 12-day break from competition. The Lions are at Santa Clara on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and at San Francisco on Sunday, Oct. 30 at noon.
Oct. 27, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The LMU men's soccer team begins its second round of WCC play this week, interestingly enough, against the same two sides it last played before the 12-day break from competition. The Lions are at Santa Clara on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and at San Francisco on Sunday, Oct. 30 at noon.
Artur Jozkowicz was honored for his performances in the Lions' wins over Santa Clara and San Francisco, earning WCC Player of the Week honors for Oct. 17. The senior midfielder also earned recognition on the CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers of the Week honor roll. Jozkowicz was key in the Lions' two wins, assisting the game-winner against Santa Clara and scoring the game-winner against San Francisco.
OFFENSE COMING ALIVE
LMU scored a combined eight goals in its last four games after managing just three combined goals during the previous six outings. The three goals scored on Oct. 9 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.
The senior duo of Artur Jozkowicz and Phil Da Silva lead LMU with 11 points each. Jozkowicz has a team-high four goals to go along with three assists while Da Silva has three goals and is tied for the team high with five assists. Nine other Lions have tallied at least one goal while Logan McDaniel has chipped in five assists.
HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH SANTA CLARA
The Lions are 9-22-5 all-time against Santa Clara. The teams last meeting was less than two weeks ago as the Lions claimed a 1-0 overtime victory at Sullivan Field, their first win over the Broncos in exactly three years (Oct. 14, 2008, 3-0 at Sullivan Field). Freshman John McFarlin scored his first collegiate goal six-and-a-half minutes into the first golden-goal overtime period, giving LMU it's first win streak of the 2011 season.
Santa Clara enters the week with a 6-5-3 overall record and 2-4-0 mark in WCC play. The Broncos have dropped four straight WCC matches, also being shut out in each contest. Most recently they fell 1-0 in overtime to LMU and 2-0 to San Diego. The Broncos are back home this week where they are 5-2-2 as opposed to a 1-3-1 road record. Despite their recent struggles, Santa Clara has six total shutouts, including five shutout wins and one scoreless draw. Goalkeeper Kevin Klasila has made 47 saves on his way to a 0.81 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.
HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH SAN FRANCISCO
In 33 all-time meetings, LMU has seven wins over San Francisco, including four in the last six matches. The Lions earned a 2-1 win over the Dons less than two weeks ago as Sean Sears and Artur Jozkowicz each found the back of the net in the second half. San Francisco was able to get one goal back in the 78th minute, but LMU's defense held strong for the final 22 minute as the Lions picked up their third consecutive win.
San Francisco enters the week at 5-6-2 overall record and a 3-2-1 WCC mark. The Dons were riding a five-game unbeaten streak that began with a Sept. 25, 3-0 shutout of San Jose State, but that was snapped by a 1-0 loss at San Diego on Oct. 14 and a 2-1 loss at LMU on Oct. 16. The Dons will host San Diego on Friday before LMU comes to town 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 0.95 goals against average in 12 games.
With one round of conference play completed, San Diego has taken over the top spot in the WCC standings at 4-1-1 and 13 points. Saint Mary's (3-1-2) is in second with 11 points, San Francisco (3-2-1) is in third with 10 points and LMU (3-3-0) is in fourth with nine points. Gonzaga (2-3-1) follows with seven points, Santa Clara (2-4-0) is in sixth with six points and Portland (1-4-1) rounds things out with four points. All seven teams have six games remaining in the battle for the 2011 WCC title and the NCAA Tournament automatic berth.
MCCORMACK MAKING HIS MARK
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.
LIONS TABBED WCC PRESEASON FAVORITE
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 returns home to begin a three-game home stretch. The Lions host Portland on Friday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m., followed by Gonzaga on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.
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 LMULions.com/LMUat100.
CENTENNIAL SCARF SEASON TICKET
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, 4.5-0, in 2011-12. To learn more about the PCH Challenge and view the current scorecard, please visit: http://www.lmulions.com/trads/PCH-Cup.html