Sept. 22, 2006
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Brad Stisser scored the game's only goal on a penalty kick as Gonzaga University's men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Loyola Marymount University in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams.
The loss snapped a two-match winning streak for the Bulldogs (3-3-1; 0-1-0). Gonzaga was idle last weekend after taking a pair of matches at Oregon State University in winning the Stephen Hensor/Joe Zaher Memorial Classic the previous weekend.
LMU (5-3-0; 1-0-0) held a 14-3 shots advantage over the Bulldogs, including a 6-0 advantage in shots on goal.
The decisive play came when 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.
Until then the Lions had their best chance to score late in the opening period as all three of LMU's first-half shots on goal came in the final five minutes of the half. Stisser and Diego Souza forced Gonzaga goalkeeper Vito Higgins to make big saves to keep the game scoreless at intermission.
Higgins made five saves in net for the Bulldogs, and LMU keeper Robert Flores did not have to make a save to record his second shutout of the season.
Gonzaga will continue its southern California road swing Sunday with a 2:30 p.m. match at the University of San Diego.