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Comeback Win For Lions Over Rams

Sept. 8, 2006

Box Score

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The LMU men's soccer team scored two goals late in the second half to secure a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Rhode Island in the first game of the Harvard Invitational. The Rams took an early lead with a goal in the third minute, and LMU trailed 1-0 for most of the game. However, David Niemeyer tied things up in the 81st minute, and Bobby Burling put in the game-winner in the 86th minute to help LMU improve to 3-1 on the season.

The Rams scored at 2:23 when Geoff Cameron took a pass from Danleigh Borman on a counter. Cameron's blast from 25 yards out squeezed past LMU goalkeeper Robert Flores and trickled into the net. Just 31 seconds later, Borman was given a red card for kicking LMU defender Michael Ogletree in the face and the Lions played with a man advantage the rest of the way. LMU controlled the flow of play in the first half, outshooting URI 7-3, but Rams goalkeeper Mark Sauter made three saves to hold on to the one goal lead at halftime. Brad Stisser and Tyler Mehl were stopped by Sauter on back to back headersat the end of the first half to keep the game at 1-0.

The game remained 1-0 Rhode Island until the 81st minute. Matthew Mejia took the ball away from a Ram defender and passed it to Niemeyer. The reigning WCC Player of the Week took a shot from 25 yards out that went into the net to tie the game.

Just a few minutes later, Burling put LMU up for good. Wilkie Johnson redirected Adam Sloustcher's free kick to the feet of Burling, who one-timed the ball into the top corner of the goal to give the Lions their first lead of the day.

The win is LMU's second straight and helps the Lions improve to 3-1 on the year. Rhode Island, a 2005 NCAA Tournament participant, falls to 1-2-1 on the season with the loss.

LMU outshot URI 12-7 for the game with Burling, Stisser, Alex Proano and Trini Gomez taking two shots each. Cameron led Rhode Island with three shots. Flores finished the game with two saves, while Sauter made three saves in the game.

The Lions are looking for the tournament title on Sunday when they take on the host Crimson at 11:00am PST. Harvard was a 4-0 winner over Northeastern in the second game of the day.

Rhode Island (1-2-1) vs. Loyola Marymount (3-1-0) Date: Sep 08, 2006 Attendance: 112 Weather: Sunny, 70 degrees

Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- Rhode Island........ 1 0 - 1 Loyola Marymount.... 0 2 - 2

SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 2:23 URI CAMERON, Geoff (BORMAN, Danleigh) - Through pass, one-timer trickled through keeper's hands 2. 80:22 LMU Niemeyer, David (Mejia, Matthew) - Long one-timer from 25 off defensive give away 3. 85:01 LMU Burling, Bobby (Johnson, Wilkie;SLOUSTCHER, Adam) - one-timer curled into upper 90 from header cross off direct free kick

Shots: Rhode Island 7, Loyola Marymount 12 Saves: Rhode Island 3 (SAUTER, Mark 3), Loyola Marymount 2 (FLORES, Robert 2)