Oct. 1, 2006
Moraga, CA- Despite being behind for most of the game, the LMU men's soccer team rallied for a 1-1 tie with Saint Mary's in WCC men's soccer action this afternoon in Moraga. The Gaels scored in the fourth minute, and led for most of the game, but Diego Souza scored his first goal of the season in the 82nd minute, allowing LMU to pick up the tie on the road. The Lions improve to 6-4-1 overall and are 2-1-1 in WCC action.
Just three minutes after the opening whistle, SMC's 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. 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 outshot 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. SMC moves to 4-3-4 overall and 2-0-1 in WCC play.
The Lions return to Sullivan Field next Friday to host San Francisco in a crucial WCC game at Sullivan Field. LMU and USF will face off at 4:00pm. The Dons sit at 2-2 in conference play, while LMU is 2-1-1.
Loyola Marymount (6-4-1, 2-1-1 WCC) vs. Saint Mary's (CA) (4-3-4, 2-0-1 WCC)
Date: Oct 01, 2006 Attendance: 1018
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
Loyola Marymount.... 0 1 0 0 - 1
Saint Mary's (CA)... 1 0 0 0 - 1
1. 3:49 SMC FITZGERALD, Matthew (BUTLER, Anthony) - Butler cross from right side one touch volley from 10 yds out
2. 81:59 LMU Souza, Diego (unassisted) - volley from 12 yards out far post on loose ball in box
Shots: Loyola Marymount 14, Saint Mary's (CA) 9
Saves: Loyola Marymount 3 (Flores, Robert 3), Saint Mary's (CA) 3
(MASON, Brian 3)
- GO LIONS! -