Oct. 19, 2007
(Los Angeles) - USF broke through for its first West Coast Conference victory of the season with a 2-1 decision against Loyola Marymount Friday afternoon at Sullivan Field. The Dons (5-6-0, 1-3-0 WCC) snap a five match losing streak, and send the Lions (2-7-1, 0-4-0) to their fourth consecutive loss.
Freshman forward Bryan Burke picked an outstanding time for his first career goal in the Green and Gold, notching the game-winner at 69:59.
Senior midfielder Jeff Russell struck first, giving the Dons a 1-0 lead midway through the first half. It was the first career goal and first career points for Russell, who drove it in off a deflection at the 20:17 mark from 18 yards. Prior to Russell's tally, both senior forward Jordan Keyes and senior defender Daniel DeGeer attempted shots.
LMU owned a 6-3 shots advantage in the first period, but junior goalkeeper Eric Conner recorded a pair of saves to turn away the Lions. USF increased the pressure in the second half with a 12-8 edge and held a slim 15-14 lead for the match. Russell fired a match-high five shots, while DeGeer added three.
Loyola Marymount got on the board with a goal from junior midfielder Brad Stisser in the 64th minute, but Burke answered with his first career scoring strike six minutes later off a cross from sophomore forward Conor Chinn.
Conner (3-5-0) collects the win while collecting five saves, while freshman Patrick Lane (2-6-1) suffered the loss for LMU, finishing with four saves.
USF concludes its Southern California swing Sunday, October 21 at San Diego. Match time against the Toreros is set for Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 PM at Torero Stadium.
Match Notes: USF now leads the all-time series against LMU 19-3-1, including a 6-1-0 record since the start of double round robin play in 2004... The Dons 2-1 decision marks the fifth time this season San Francisco has scored at least two goals, all coming in winning efforts... it is first multi-goal match for USF since posting a 2-1 double overtime win at Stanford (9/16).