Aug. 26, 2006
STORRS, Conn. - The LMU men's soccer team shocked #2 Connecticut in front of 5489 at Morrone Stadium tonight, handing the Huskies a 1-0 defeat to start the season. It marks the fifth straight season that LMU (1-0) has defeated a top-10 opponent, and the first time since October 2004 that the Huskies (0-1) have lost at home. Trini Gomez scored the game winner in the 34th minute and Rob Flores made six saves to record his first shutout of the season.
The contest marks LMU's furthest road game in school history and the Lions will fondly remember their trip to Storrs. At 34:00, Gomez took a cross along the face of the goal from senior Bobby Burling and buried it into the lower right corner of the goal past Husky goalkeeper Matt Sangeloty to put LMU up 1-0.
The Huskies, ranked #2 in the NSCAA/adidas preseason poll, outshot LMU 7-5 in the opening period, including four shots on goal to LMU's two. But Flores saved all four shots on goal to maintain the Lion lead.
Connecticut continued their attack in the second half, but again the Lions held tough. UConn outshot LMU 8-3 but only three shots were on goal. Flores made two saves and the Lion defense made a team save.
Junior Brad Stisser led LMU with three shots (two on goal) in 61 minutes of action off of the bench. David Niemeyer added two shots for LMU. O'Brian White led Connecticut with four shots, and Ryan Cordeiro and Chukwudi Chijindu added three shots apiece.
Flores finished the game with six saves, while Sangeloty made four saves in his collegiate debut.
The LMU men's soccer program has recorded several top 10 victories over the last four seasons and this season has proven to be no exception. In 2002, the Lions knocked off then-#3 UCLA 2-0 in front of 1500 at Sullivan Field. In 2003, LMU recorded three victories over top-10 teams- a 2-1 double OT win over #7 Creighton at Sullivan Field, a 1-0 win at then #9 UC Santa Barbara, and a 3-0 win over then-#6 Santa Clara at Sullivan Field.
In 2004, the Lions knocked off then-#2 Santa Clara 4-0 at Sullivan Field, and last season, LMU recorded three wins against top-10 teams. In non-conference action, LMU handed then-#10 UC Santa Barbara a 2-1 defeat, and swept its season series with Santa Clara. Both times that LMU knocked off SCU, the Broncos were ranked #5.
Connecticut was undefeated at home in 2005, going 12-0-2 in games at Morrone Stadium. The last time UConn lost at home was on October 20, 2004 when they dropped a 2-0 game to Boston College.
The Lions look for the road sweep on Monday afternoon when they travel to New Britain, CT to take on the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State University. It will be the season opener for CCSU. Fans can follow all of the action on Gametracker at www.LMULions.com
- GO LIONS! -