Sept. 29, 2006
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - For the second straight year, the LMU men's soccer team went into Santa Clara's Buck Shaw Stadium needing a win to get back on track in the race for the West Coast Conference title, and for the second straight year, the Lions left Buck Shaw Stadium with a 2-1 victory. LMU has now won three straight games over Santa Clara, and four of the last five contests. The 2-1 victory improves LMU's overall record to 6-4, 2-1 in WCC action. The #15 Broncos fall to 5-3-2 overall, 1-1 in the WCC.
The Lions took an early lead in the game. Nick Blanco used some fancy ball movement inside the box to elude his defender and found Diego Barrera in front of the goal. Blanco found Barrera, who took one touch and volleyed the ball past SCU goalkeeper Joseph Buttitta to give LMU a 1-0 lead at 8:56.
LMU added to its lead in the 38th minute. After Diego Souza was fouled outside the box, Junior Ybarra drove a free kick to the top of the box. Jawaan Delaney drove through the ball, heading it past Buttitta to put the Lions up 2-0.
The Lions took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break despite being outshot, 7-4 in the first half. Both teams had three shots on goal, but the difference was that LMU goalkeeper Robert Flores stopped all three shots to keep the Broncos off the board in the first 45 minutes.
Santa Clara made it a one goal game in the 56th minute. Ryan Brown drove through the Lion defense and unleashed a shot to the upper corner of the back post to make it a 2-1 game.
However, defense ruled the rest of the game and the Lions pulled out the conference win. Although Santa Clara outshot LMU 13-5, the shots on goal advantage was just 5-3. Flores made four saves to record the victory, while Buttitta made one save for the Broncos.
It was the second straight physical contest for the Lions, who wrapped up non-conference action with the fewest number of fouls. SCU recorded 23 fouls while LMU had 14. SCU's Matt Hatske was given a red card in the 61st minute, giving the Lions a man advantage. However, that advantage was short lived as David Niemeyer picked up his second yellow card just over a minute later, and had to leave the game. Both Hatske and Niemeyer will miss the next game.
Before last year, LMU men's soccer had never recorded a win at Santa Clara's Buck Shaw Stadium. But last year the Lions broke that streak with a 2-1 win to complete the series sweep for 2005. Current senior Michael Ogletree headed in the game-winner in the 70th minute to break a 1-1 tie and give the Lions the win.
The Lions are looking for the road weekend sweep on Sunday when they take on Saint Mary's in Moraga at 2:00pm. The Gaels are the conference's only undefeated team with a 2-0 record. SMC started conference play with a 1-0 win over USF last weekend, and recorded a 4-2 win over San Diego this afternoon.
Sunday's game will be broadcast live and free on Lions All-Access on www. LMULions.com. Toby Kennedy will be bringing you all of the action from Saint Mary's Stadium.
Loyola Marymount (6-4-0) vs. Santa Clara Broncos (5-3-2) Date: Sep 29, 2006 Attendance: 914 Weather: Sunny and Cool- GO LIONS! -
Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- Loyola Marymount.... 2 0 - 2 Santa Clara Broncos. 0 1 - 1
SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 8:56 LMU Barrera, Diego (1) (Blanco, Nick) 2. 37:57 LMU Delaney, Jawaan (1) (Ybarra, Junior) 3. 55:12 SCU BROWN, Ryan (1) (unassisted) - Brown beats defender at edge of box then shoots high far post.
Shots: Loyola Marymount 5, Santa Clara Broncos 13 Saves: Loyola Marymount 4 (Flores, Robert 4), Santa Clara Broncos 1 (BUTTITTA, Joseph 1)