Nov. 7, 2001
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The Lions returned to Sullivan Field on Sunday where they defeated the Saint Mary's Gaels 2-1 in overtime. Goals came from both Arturo Torres and Kevin Novak for the win. Torres leads the Lions this season with 10 goals and three assists.
Men's soccer stays home to close out the season over the next two weekends. This Sunday the Lions host San Francisco at 2:00 p.m. and next weekend they host Santa Clara to finish play in the regular season. The Dons sit at 7-7-1 overall with a conference record of 0-3-0. They come to LMU this weekend with hopes of capturing thier first conference win of the season. The Dons hold the 14-0-1 series advantage over the Lions in a series that stems back twnety years.
Defeat of the Gaels
LMU's men's soccer team returned home to Sullivan Field on Sunday where they defeated the Saint Mary's Gaels 2-1 in overtime in a West Coast Conference game. After a scoreless first half the Lions and Gaels took to the field as LMU drew the first tally of the game. Arturo Torres shot a header from six yards out, assisted by both Jeff Kovar and Matthew Kovar, in the 46th minute of the game. Niles Almarinez answered back with the only goal for the Gaels on the 64:47-minute mark of the game, assisted by Nick Marcum. The Lions outshot the Gaels in the second half 11-4, however the clock ran down as the teams prepared for overtime. Kevin Novak answered the call to score in the overtime period, as he headed a right cross from Michael Erush and M. Kovar across the box to claim the game-winning goal for the Lions with a final score of 2-1. The Lions improve to 8-5-2 overall and 1-2-1 in the WCC. Saint Mary's falls to 5-9-1 overall and 0-3-0 in conference play. "It is great to be back home again," said head coach Paul Krumpe. "We are coming off of a tough road trip, and hopefully we can carry this win into the rest of our season."
The junior forward is showing that a good thing only gets better with age. Torres, a Wilmington, CA, native, currently holds the Lions' records in career goals (39), assists (17) and points (91). Back in July of this year Torres was selected as a Soccer America Pre-Season All-American for his career thus far. The West Coast Conference and Soccer America both chose him as the Player of the Week for his play during the LMU Fall Classic Tournament, which he was the MVP of. The WCC then selected him as the September men's soccer Player of the Month for his performance. Torres is a Chicanos Studies major at LMU, and currently leads the Lions' team in goals (10) and points (23).
Seniors get ready to move on - almost...
These last two weekends of the regular season mark the final two weeks of college soccer for the seniors on the Lions team unless the Lions advance to the post season action. This year the Lions will bid farewell to Nick Resich, Claudio Basaez, Gonzalo Bonilla, Dan Sheridan, Rigo Pardo and Mark Lackey. There are only two games left in the regular season for these six seniors as they, along with the rest of the team, are anxiously awaiting the post-season. The Lions need to win in this home stretch if they want to secure a spot in the post season.
LMU Head Coach
Paul Krumpe enters his fourth season at the helm of the LMU men's soccer program. As the 1999 WCC Coach of the Year, Krumpe led the team to their most successful season in program history, establishing a new LMU men's soccer record for wins in a season (10-7-1). A 1986 graduate of UCLA, Krumpe came to LMU after spending three seasons as an assistant with the Bruins. During those seasons, he helped lead UCLA to a record of 56-9-1, three NCAA regional appearances, three Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles and a national championship in 1997. As a player for UCLA, Krumpe was a four-year starter (1982-85), co-captain of the 1985 NCAA Championship team and a two-time All-Far West Region selection. He also has extensive international experience, playing in over 40 games with Team USA including the 1988 Summer Olympics.
About the Dons
Visiting Gonzaga defeated USF 2-0 Friday night at Negoesco Stadium despite being outshot by a 12-4 margin. The Bulldogs got on the board on their first shot of the game at 31:08 when Connor Quinn snuck behind the Dons defense and beat Dons' goalkeeper Scott Spaulding one-on-one. USF (7-7-1, 0-3 WCC) outshot the Gonzaga (8-4-2, 3-1-1 WCC) 4-1 in the first half and 8-3 in the second but again Gonzaga made the most of its opportunities and scored when a clearance from goalkeeper struck the Zags' Charles Ranta and bounced into the net at 69:55. The game was a physical contest, with the teams combining for 41 fouls and just 16 shots. Five yellow cards and two reds were handed out. Gonzaga's Mike McCarthy made 5 saves to record the shutout, while the Dons' goalkeepers failed to make a save.
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