WCC Play Resumes at Saint Mary's, Pacific
Men's soccer continues its quest for a WCC title on the road this week.
The Lions enter the week at 7-7-0 overall, while their 2-1-0 league marks gives them six points, good for a tie for second place with San Francisco (4-9-0, 2-0-0 WCC) behind San Diego (8-4-1, 3-0-0 WCC). Saint Mary’s enters the week at 4-8-1 overall and 1-1-0 in league play. Pacific, which plays San Diego Friday night, currently sits at 1-11-1 overall and 0-2-1 in the WCC.
• LMU earned shutout’s Nos. five and six on the season with a 1-0 victory over Gonzaga (Oct. 16) and a 3-0 final against Portland (Oct. 18).
• The two WCC shutouts were both credited to senior goalkeeper Paul Blanchette, who totaled a combined 10 saves and ran his career shutout total to 17. Blanchette earned his second WCC Player of the Week honor for the performance.
• Sophomore Cruz Corral scored in each of the Lions’ last two outings, marking his first two goals of the season. The game-winner against the Zags was the first of his career.
• Alvaro Madrigal had a goal and assist in the Lions’ win over Portland, giving him seven goals and four assists for the season. His point total of 17 and his goal total of seven both lead the team and WCC.
• John McFarlin earned his first assist of the season on Cruz Corral’s game-winner against Gonzaga. The redshirt senior now has 19 for his career, and is two shy of the LMU record of 21, held by Arturo Torres (1999-02).
• The Lions opened the season with five straight wins for the first time in program history.
• The Lions ran off a program record 405:40 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal this season. The overall streak dated back to Nov. 4, 2014 and totaled 529:36 minutes. The streak was finally snapped on Sept. 11 at Bakersfield when the Roadrunners found the back of the net 40 seconds into the second half.
• Paul Blanchette was named WCC Player of the Week for Sept. 7 after being credited with a pair of shutouts at Harvard and Boston College last week. The senior goalkeeper also contributed the assist on Grant Sampson’s game-winner at BC, the second assist of his career.
• Sophomore midfielder Alvaro Madrigal and junior defender Mark Dotseth were named to the All-Tournament team at last week’s TLC Heating & Plumbing Invitational, hosted by New Mexico.
• Paul Blanchette’s shutout at Boston College (Sept. 6) was the 15th of his career, breaking the all-time LMU record of 14, held by Jerad Bailey (1997-00).
• Sophomore Grant Sampson scored twice in the Lions 2-0 shutout of UNLV (Aug. 30) and tallied the game-winner at Boston College on Sept. 6, giving him three goals on the season.
• Adrien Perez was named to the 2015 All-WCC Preseason Team, but the junior midfielder has been inactive since Sept. 13 due to injury.
• LMU was picked fourth in the West Coast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
• The Lions returned 16 letterwinners and nine total starters from last year’s squad that went 9-4-6 overall.
• The 2014 Lions matched the program record for fewest losses, most unbeaten matches and goals against average.
• In addition to 11 newcomers, LMU also welcomes back redshirt-senior John McFarlin, who was sidelined in 2014 with a knee injury. When last on the pitch, McFarlin finished the 2013 season ranked in a tie for third nationally in assists per game (0.61) and tied for fourth with 11 total assists.
SERIES HISTORY VS SAINT MARY’S
LMU holds a 16-20-3 record in its series against the Gaels since the 1987 season. As of late, the Lions have gotten the better of things, winning six of the last 10 meetings, and also earning one draw. The Gaels snapped a recent three-match LMU win streak last fall, claiming a 2-0 victory at the Lions’ Sullivan Field.
ABOUT THE GAELS
Saint Mary’s enters the week at 4-8-1 overall and 1-1-0 in WCC play. The Gaels opened league action with a 1-0 win over pacific, but most recently fell, 2-1, to Santa Clara. Will Kendall leads SMC with three goals while two others have scored twice. The Gaels have a total of 13 goals and 10 assists on the season. In goal, Lucas Champenois and Andrew Konstantino have split time, combining for a 1.49 GAA and 52 saves.
SERIES HISTORY VS PACIFIC
LMU and Pacific have just two previous meetings on record - a 4-0 Lion victory last fall and a 4-1 Tiger win in 1983. Pacific reinstated their men’s program in the fall of 2014 after previously discontinuing it in 1985.
ABOUT THE TIGERS
Pacific is 1-11-1 overall and 0-2-1 in WCC play and will host San Diego Friday night before facing LMU on Sunday. The Tigers lone victory this season was a 3-0 shutout of San Jose State on Sept. 13. Most recently, they earned a scoreless draw against Santa Clara. Three different players have scored two goals each for a squad that has seven total goals on the year. Curtis Goldsmith and Josh Adachi have split time in goal, combining for a pair of shutouts, a 1.78 GAA and 61 saves.
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