Aug. 20, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU men's soccer team controlled the pace of play in the final 60 minutes in exhibition action against UCLA on Sunday at Sullivan Field. After the Bruins took a 2-0 lead, the Lions scored three straight goals to take a 3-2 lead for almost 20 minutes of play. UCLA took advantage of a scramble in front of the net with two minutes remaining in the game to tie things up for the final 3-3 score. Brad Stisser had an outstanding LMU debut, scoring the go ahead goal, assisting on the tying goal and drawing a penalty kick for LMU's first goal of the game.
In the exhibition format, the teams chose to play a 45 minute period followed by two 30 minute periods. The first 45 minutes of play were scoreless as each team had their top goalkeeper in the net. Robert Flores was strong for LMU, making five saves as UCLA outshot LMU 8-0 in the first 45 minutes.
The second period was an exciting one for the fans as four goals were scored in less than five minutes. An own goal by the Lions put UCLA ahead 1-0 at 67:18, and the Bruins made it a 2-0 game just 30 seconds later. Jason Leopoldo took an assist from Michael Stephens and put it in the back of the net to put UCLA by two goals.
However the Lions did not back down. In the 71st minute, Stisser was pulled down on a breakaway inside the UCLA box to draw a penalty kick. Junior transfer Adam Sloustcher calmly put the ball to the left side past UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk to make it a 2-1 game.
Less than two minutes later, Stisser directed a perfectly placed corner kick to the back post where Trini Gomez was waiting. The junior transfer from UCLA headed the ball into the goal to tie the game up at 2-2.
The Lions went ahead 3-2 in the 84th minute when Stisser bent a free kick around the UCLA wall, off the post and into the net.
It looked like LMU would pull out the victory in the exhibition, but the Bruins tied things up late in the game. LMU goalkeeper Patrick Sampson attempted to intercept a cross from the right side, but was unable to get a handle on the ball. The Bruins took advantage of the scramble in front of the net with Maxwell Griffin scoring the game-tying goal at 102:59.
LMU controlled the final 60 minutes of play, outshooting UCLA 8-4. Diego Barrera led LMU with two shots, both on goal. Alex Proano also added two shots for LMU. Tony Beltran led UCLA with three shots.
Things don't get any easier for LMU as the Lions open the regular season at Connecticut on Saturday night. The Huskies are ranked #8 in the preseason Soccer America poll and return six starters from a squad that advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
- GO LIONS! -