Oct. 22, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Loyola Marymount University stunned Gonzaga University with three goals in the first 6:48 on Sunday, and the Bulldogs never recovered in a 4-1 West Coast Conference men's soccer setback at Martin Field.
LMU (8-6-2; 4-3-2) didn't waste any time getting the edge on the Bulldogs (6-7-2; 3-5-1), Brad Stisser scoring his first of two goals at 1:08, taking a right-to-left cross and beating diving Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins to his right from 12 yards.
Diego Barrera made it 2-0 at 4:25, scoring from the right top of the goal box. The third goal came at 6:48, Stisser scoring his second of the match on his own rebound near the far post. Higgins made the initial save off a shot from the right wing, Stisser got the rebound that was stopped by a defender but Stisser's second attempt got by a defender and into the goal.
Jawaan Delaney scored from the middle of the box at 40:21 to give the Lions a 4-0 halftime lead.
To make matters worse, the Bulldogs had to play a man short for the final 47:34 when defender Daniel Scott picked up a red card for a hard tackle just before halftime. He'll also have to sit out Gonzaga's next match.
Gonzaga's George Josten ruined the shutout attempt by the Lions' Robert Flores when he took a John Palladino at the top of the 18, dribbled deep into the box to his right and took a low shot from 12 yards that beat Flores to his left.
That was the lone bright spot for the Bulldogs, who only got outshot 11-10, including 8-3 in the first half. Although Gonzaga held a 7-4 shots lead in the second half, most of them were from long range. The Bulldogs did have two headers that Flores had to be sharp on, one off a free kick by Josten at 48:14 that Flores had to go down to the post to stop and another by Tye Perdido at 52:49 that Flores went to his right to corral. Flores had three saves, Higgins two.
The Bulldogs travel to the University of Washington on Friday for a 7 p.m. non-conference match, then return home for the final time on Sunday to face two-time defending WCC champion University of San Francisco at 2 p.m.