Senior Day Sunday
Men's soccer plays its final home match Sunday versus Santa Clara.
LOS ANGELES - Senior Day is has arrived for the LMU men's soccer team as the Lions host West Coast Conference rival Santa Clara on Sunday, Nov. 8. Kick off at Sullivan Field is set for 1 p.m. as LMU plays its second to last match of the regular-season. Prior to the match, the 2015 senior class will be honored in a brief ceremony on the field.
The Lions enter the week at 8-8-0 overall and 3-2-0 in WCC play. Santa Clara is 8-7-1 overall and 3-1-1 in league contests. With nine points, LMU is currently in fourth place in the WCC standings while the Broncos are in third with 10 points.
Alvaro Madrigal was one of three Lions to score at Pacific on Nov. 1, giving him a WCC-leading eight goals for the season. The sophomore also has three assists to give him a WCC-leading 19 points.
LMU earned its seventh shutout of the season in a 3-0 win at Pacific on Nov. 1. Senior Paul Blanchette was the goalkeeper on record for the shutout, giving him seven for the season at 18 for his career. The seven single-season clean sheets ties his own LMU single-season record.
Blanchette has twice been named WCC Player of the Week, earning the honor on Sept. 7 and Oct. 19. John McFarlin earned his first assist of the season on Cruz Corral's game-winner against Gonzaga (Oct. 16). 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.
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 2015 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.
SERIES HISTORY VS SANTA CLARA
Recent LMU versus Santa Clara matches have been hotly contested as eight of the last 14 have resulted in double overtime draws and four of the last 14 have been decided by one goal. In that stretch, which dates back to 2008, LMU is 4-2-8 against the Broncos. In records dating back to 1981, the Lions are 11-23-9 in the series. In two meetings last fall, the squads played to a pair of 1-1 double overtime draws.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS
Santa Clara is unbeaten in its last four matches, bringing its record to 8-7-1 overall and 3-1-1 in WCC play. The Broncos won a pair of league contests on the road last week, topping Portland, 3-2 in overtime followed by a 1-0 shutout at Gonzaga. Carlos Delgadillo leads SCU with six goals and one assist for 13 points. Kendall Mcintosh has logged every minute in goal this season, posting a 1.17 GAA, 51 saves and four shutouts.
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