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Lions Drop Close WCC Contest

Oct. 20, 2006

Box Score

PORTLAND, Ore. - It was another fast start, but the LMU men's soccer team came out on the wrong side of a 2-1 margin against Portland on Friday night at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. After Portland took a lead in the second minute, Nick Blanco tied things up with a goal in the 12th minute. But the Pilots scored the eventual game-winner in the 23rd minute and held off the Lions for the win.

LMU drops to 7-6-2 and 3-3-2. The Pilots even their overall record at 6-6-2 overall and improve their league mark to 3-5-0.

The Pilots opened the scoring with a very quick score. Not even two minutes in, junior midfielder Ryan Oakes fed Sanders with a pass at the top of the box. Sanders took a couple of touches to the right and sent a pass to Elliott in the middle of the box. Elliott took a touch before punching it past LMU keeper Robert Flores, who had come out to defend the play.

The Lions equalized ten minutes later. Garrett Maloney made a run down the left sideline and sent a perfect cross into the box. Nick Blanco made a move to the inside of a UP defender to receive the pass. Blanco one-touched a shot into the top of the net from eight yards out in the 12th minute.

It took just ten minutes for Portland to regain the advantage. Sanders made a run towards the top of LMU's 18-yard box and was able to draw three defenders. He fed Elliott, who took a few touches in the box to bring Flores off his line. Elliott went near post with a low shot from a tough angle left of the goal.

The second half turned physical as five yellow cards were issued. Loyola Marymount received three, while Portland was shown two. Each team was issued a caution in the first half as well.

UP junior midfielder Matthew Dallman nearly gave Portland a 3-1 lead at the 71:00 mark. Elliott was on the endline with possession left of the goal. He found Dallman with a long pass towards the top right corner of the 18-yard box. Dallman collected and ripped a shot towards the top left corner of the frame. The ball drilled the cross bar and out.

Both teams attempted 15 shots, with each team recording nine shots in the first half and six after the break. Each team had six corner kicks. Brad Stisser led LMU with four shots.

With their backs against the wall, the Lions head to Spokane for a Sunday afternoon meeting with the Zags. With four games remaining in the season, LMU needs a victory on Sunday to keep its postseason hopes alive.

Loyola Marymount (7-6-2, 3-3-2 WCC) vs. Portland (6-6-2, 3-5-0 WCC) Date: Oct 20, 2006  Attendance: 1283 Weather: Clear

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

SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 1:56 POR ELLIOTT, Alex (6) (SANDERS, Christopher) - lower left corner from 10 yds 2. 11:23 LMU Blanco, Nick (1) (Maloney, Garrett) - 8 yds off of cross 3. 22:12 POR ELLIOTT, Alex (7) (SANDERS, Christopher) - near post from 8 yds

Shots: Loyola Marymount 15, Portland 15 Saves: Loyola Marymount 4 (Flores, Robert 4), Portland 3 (ROBLES, Luis 3)