A Notable Road Win Over Rival
Senior Tibor Forai scores with 1:20 reamaining to lift Lions to first road win over rival Pepperdine in school history.
Sept. 11, 2010
MALIBU, Calif. - Senior Tibor Forai gunned a five-meter penalty shot into the back of the net with 1:20 remaining to lift eighth-ranked LMU to a thrilling 7-6 win over ninth-ranked Pepperdine in a game that was fitting for the two long-time school rivals.
Forai had a pair of goals while five others scored in the balanced win. Senior goalie Andy Stevens had 11 saves to give LMU their first-ever win over the Waves at Pepperdine's Runnel Pool. Pepperdine had won the previous 21 meetings against the Lions in Malibu.
LMU improves to 4-1 on the young season, while Pepperdine falls to 1-1. The win also gives the Lions 1.5 points in the first meeting of the PCH Cup.
The Lions held the lead for the first 21 minutes of the game until Pepperdine scored back-to-back goals to start the fourth quarter, the second coming with 3:07 to play to give Pepperdine the 6-5 lead. But the Lions responded.
"We had been leading the whole game. And then when we went down by a goal, our offensive attack really picked up and we became very aggressive, which really paid off," said Head Coach John Loughran. "It is really hard to play here, and overall it was a great team effort from top to bottom."
Trailing by one, senior Daniel Smith took a pass from junior Edgaras Asajavicius and tied the game at 6-6 on an extra-man attack opportunity with 2:44 to play. Smith wasn't done, as he took a perfect pass from fellow senior Ikaika Aki on a counter to set-up the five-meter penalty call. Forai then drilled the penalty shot for the winner.
"Dan did a great job on the tying goal on a pass from Edgar, and then he drew the penalty at the end of a counter on a great assist from Ikaika," said Loughran. "We were really attacking nicely down the stretch with a great team effort."
The Lions will continue a tough weekend tour, taking on USC in the home opener at the Burns Aquatics Center on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. The game is part of a ranked doubleheader as part of the TeamLMU Games of the Week. Women's soccer will take on No. 3 Notre Dame at 11 a.m. to start the day.
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