Sept. 1, 2007
LMU suffered a 2-0 setback in its season opener against Cal Poly on Saturday at Sullivan Field. Daniel Cumming scored twice within 90 seconds at the start of the second half for the Mustangs (1-0-0) to upend the Lions (0-1-0).
A sunny and warm day greeted both teams as they kicked off the 2007 season and the contest was close from the start with each team wanting to commence the year on a winning note. LMU junior Alex Proano had the game's first chance, forcing Cal Poly keeper Eric Branagan-Franco into a diving save after just six minutes. The teams continued to battle and the Mustangs nearly took the lead in the 34th minute when Cumming got past the defense but his shot was blocked by freshman Rafael Baca, who recovered to clear.
LMU redshirt freshman goalkeeper Patrick Lane came to the rescue just before halftime, coming off his line to stop a shot from Tim White and send the teams into the half scoreless. It was Poly who emerged from the locker room to strike first. The Mustangs mounted an attack down the left and Jose Garcia fed Cumming, who settled the ball with his back to the goal 10 yards out. Holding off his defender, Cumming turned and fired past Lane for the first goal at 47:34.
Cumming made it 2-0 just over a minute later, playing a one-two in the box with David Zamora and slotting home with his left foot at 48:49.
The Lions showed no quit, pushing forward to try to pull a goal back. They had two opportunities in the second half but shots from senior Tyler Mehl and sophomore Steffen Canty went just high. The Lions rolled out many new faces as 10 players made their LMU debuts.
Both teams attempted nine shots while LMU held a 3-0 advantage on corners. Lane made three saves and Branagan-Franco had four for the visitors.
LMU takes to the road for a pair of tournaments over the next two weeks. First up is the TLC Plumbing and Utility Invitational in Albuquerque, NM, where the Lions will face the host and 15th-ranked New Mexico Lobos on Friday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. They then battle Central Florida on Sunday at 10 a.m.