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Lions Win WCC Opener

Sept. 22, 2006

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Brad Stisser scored the game's only goal on a penalty kick to lead the LMU men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Gonzaga in both teams' West Coast Conference opener this afternoon at Sullivan Field. LMU outshot Gonzaga 14-3, including a 6-0 advantage in shots on goal. The Lions look for the weekend sweep on Sunday when they host Portland at 4:00pm at Sullivan Field.

LMU (5-3) outshot Gonzaga (3-3-1) 7-1 in the first half, and had its best chance to score come late in the opening period. All three of LMU's shots on goal came in the final five minutes of the half, with Stisser and Souza forcing Gonzaga goalkeeper Vito Higgins to make big saves to keep the game scoreless.

The Lions controlled the game in the second half as well, as the combination of Nick Blanco, Diego Barrera and Stisser worked well to give LMU several offensive opportunities. However, the Lions could not find the back of the net until the 62nd minute.

Junior Ybarra served in a corner kick that bounced into the Gonzaga box, and a Bulldog player got a hand on the ball. The referee whistled for the penalty kick and Stisser stepped in. His shot to the right went past Higgins who dove to the left and the goal would be all that LMU needed.

The Lions outshot Gonzaga 7-2 in the second half, and again, LMU goalkeeper Robert Flores did not have to make any saves as the Bulldogs did not have any shots on goal.

Tye Perdido had all three shots for the Bulldogs. LMU's defense was solid all day, and the backline of Bobby Burling, Jawaan Delaney, Bo Miller and Garrett Maloney combined to shut down the WCC's leading scorer, George Josten, and not allow him to get off a single shot. Josten came into today's game with six goals and three assists in six games.

Stisser led all players with four shots, and Alex Proano added three shots. Higgins made five saves in net for the Bulldogs, and Flores did not have to make a save to record his second shutout of the season.

The Lions are looking for the sweep in the opening weekend of WCC play when they host Portland on Sunday at 4:00pm. The game will be the second of a doubleheader with the women's team. The Women of Troy will come to Sullivan Field to face off against LMU on Sunday at 1:00pm.

Gonzaga (3-3-1) vs. Loyola Marymount (5-3) Date: Sep 22, 2006  Attendance: 405 Weather: gray, overcast, mid 60s

Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- Gonzaga............. 0 0 - 0 Loyola Marymount.... 0 1 - 1

SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 61:30 LMU Stisser, Brad Penalty kick

Shots: Gonzaga 3, Loyola Marymount 14 Saves: Gonzaga 5 (HIGGINS, Vito 5), Loyola Marymount 0 (Flores, Robert 0)

- GO LIONS! -