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Lions Fall in Heartbreaker

Sept. 24, 2006

Box Score

Los Angeles, CA - Portland took advantage of an LMU own goal with 29 seconds on the clock to leave Sullivan Field with a 1-0 win in West Coast Conference action this afternoon at Sullivan Field. The game appeared to be headed into overtime, but a Lion defender's attempt to clear a cross from Portland traveled backwards into the LMU net for the game's only score.

LMU (5-4, 1-1) dominated play, outshooting Portland (3-2-2, 1-1) 19-8, but Portland goalkeeper Luis Robles made six saves in the contest to record the shutout. Robles made two point blank saves early in the first half, stopping shots from Brad Stisser and Trini Gomez to keep the game scoreless. The Lions outshot Portland 10-3 in the opening half. The physical contest featured 19 fouls in the first half, 16 of them called against the Lions.

The second half was more of the same. LMU outshot Portland 9-5 for the half, including three shots on goal. The Lions' most dangerous opportunity came in the 83rd minute when a Bobby Burling header was cleared off the line by a Portland defender.

The fouls also continued in the second half. Portland's Brian Irwin was called for his second yellow card in the 50th minute, removing him from the game and giving LMU a 11-10 advantage. However, that advantage was fairly short-lived as Stisser was given a red card in the 70th minute and the teams were tied with 10 players each on the field. Both Stisser and Irwin will miss the next game as a result of the cards.

It appeared that the game would be going to overtime when disaster struck for the Lions. After an LMU foul outside the box, and a quick start by Portland, a Pilot player crossed the ball in front of the face of the net. A Lion defender attempted to clear the ball off the line, but the ball bounced into the goal, giving Portland the 1-0 lead with 29 seconds remaining in the contest.

Stisser led all players with six shots in the game, including two on goal. Nick Blanco and Trini Gomez also had three shots for the Lions. LMU goalkeeper Robert Flores made two saves in the game. Matthew Dallman led Portland with five shots, and Robles had six saves for the shutout.

LMU returns to WCC play on Friday night when it travels to Santa Clara to face the Broncos in a Friday night showdown at Buck Shaw Stadium. Action begins at 7:00pm.

Portland (3-2-2,1-1) vs. Loyola Marymount (5-4,1-1) Date: Sep 24, 2006  Attendance: 450 Weather: sunny, low 70s

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

SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 89:31 POR OWN GOAL (unassisted) - own goal

Shots: Portland 8, Loyola Marymount 19 Saves: Portland 7 (ROBLES, Luis 6; TEAM 1), Loyola Marymount 2 (Flores, Robert 2)

- GO LIONS! -