Oct. 1, 2006
Moraga, CA- The Saint Mary's men's soccer team played Loyola Marymount to a 1-1 draw Sunday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. The Gaels finished off their West Coast Conference homestand undefeated with a 2-0-1 record in the three games to stay atop the conference standings. After the day, SMC moves to 4-3-4 overall and 2-0-1 in WCC play.
The Gaels started the contest the way they left off against No. 10 San Diego. SMC showed energy and quickly found the back of the net. Just three minutes after the opening whistle, senior Matthew Fitzgerald tallied his second goal on the year with a one-touch volley from 10-yards out.
Senior Anthony Butler rewarded Fitzgerald for the far post run, finding him on a crisp pass across the box after breaking away from the Lions defense on the right side of the field.
After 78-minutes of scoreless soccer the Lions finally broke through and evened the score. Diego Souza found the net when he drilled a one-touch volley far post from 12-yards out to put LMU on the board.
In the final minutes and into the overtime periods, LMU kept the pressure up but every time they were presented with an opportunity, SMC goalkeeper Brian Mason turned them away.
Offensively the Lions out-shot the Gaels 14-9 including a 5-1 advantage in the two overtime periods. Corey Watts, Erik Robert and Fitzgerald led SMC with two shots a piece. Brad Stisser rallied off four shots for LMU.
Both Robert Flores and Mason allowed one goal and were even in the saves department with three a piece.
Saint Mary's will return to action for its first road swing of WCC play when they travel to the Pacific Northwest. The Gaels will face off with the Portland Pilots on Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m. from Merlo Field.