Last Roadtrip Takes Lions to the Pacific Northwest
The LMU men's soccer team takes to the road for the final time this fall, facing Portland on Friday and Gonzaga on Sunday.
Nov. 1, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The LMU men's soccer team embarks on its final roadtrip of the 2012 season, traveling to the Pacific Northwest to take on Portland on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. and Gonzaga on Sunday, Nov. 4 at noon.
Thursday, Nov. 2 - LMU at Portland, 7:00 p.m.
LIONS' LAST LINE
The Lions snapped a four-game losing streak on Oct. 28 with a 1-1 draw against San Francisco... After the Dons took a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute, Pedro Velazquez evened the score six minutes into the second half with his team-leading fourth goal of the season... Juan De Rada earned the assist on the goal... LMU outshot USD 23-10 in the match but the Dons' Brendan Roslund came up with eight big saves while his defensive line helped out with a trio of team saves...
INSIDE THE LIONS
The Lions enter the week with a 3-10-3 overall record and 1-5-2 mark in WCC play... They have six overtime outings under their belt this season, and have fared well in those matches, going 2-1-3... Freshman Pedro Velazquez leads the squad with four 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 (Sept. 9)... The freshman has now appeared in the last 13 matches, making 62 saves and holding a 1.39 GAA... The Lions have been outscored 23-12 overall in their 16 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 seven 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 16 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 PILOTS
The Lions are 10-21-2 all-time against Portland... LMU won four straight from 2009-11... The Pilots have now won the last two meetings, however, including a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Lions on Oct. 7 in Los Angeles...
THE PORTLAND PILOTS
Portland is 6-8-1 overall and 4-4-0 in WCC play, good for fourth place... The Pilots are 1-3 in their last four games - three of which have gone into overtime... Steven Evans leads the Pilots with 13 goals and two assist for 28 points... His 13 goals ranks second among all WCC players... Justin Baarts has played nearly every minute in goal for Portland, recorded two shutouts to go along with 60 saves and a 2.00 GAA...
HEAD-TO-HEAD VS. THE ZAGS
The Lions are an even 14-14-1 all-time against Gonzaga... LMU evened the record with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Zags back on Oct. 5... John McFarlin scored in the 22nd minute for the Lions and then Sean Sears knocked in the golden-goal game-winner 49 seconds into the second overtime period... That victory made it two straight for the Lions over the Zags, as well as five wins in the last six meetings...
THE GONZAGA BULLDOGS
Gonzaga enters the week at 4-10-0 overall and 0-7-0 in WCC play... The Zags host San Diego on Friday before facing LMU on Sunday... Gonzaga's last win was a 3-2 double-overtime victory over UW-Green Bay on Sept. 23... They have been outscored 15-4 in WCC games... Clark Phillips leads the team with four goals and two assists for 10 points... Three other Bulldogs have two goals apiece... Three players have seen action in goal this season, combining for a 1.87 GAA and 56 saves...
COMING UP NEXT
The 2012 regular-season concludes next week when LMU hosts Santa Clara (Nov. 9) and Saint Mary's (Nov. 11)...
TeamLMU brings Lion fans and alums, LMU partners and student-athletes together as one, creating an atmosphere that helps build the Lions into champions. Each week that LMU hosts an event throughout the 2012-13 year, there will be at least one highlighted TeamLMU Event of the Week which will include special promotions, giveaways and opportunities to be part of the team. For more information on TEAM LMU, go online at LMULions.com/school-bio/teamlmu/html.
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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