Oct. 22, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Loyola Marymount University stunned Gonzaga University with three goals in the first 6:48 on Sunday, and the Lions didn't look back, cruising to a 4-1 West Coast Conference men's soccer win at Martin Field. Brad Stisser scored twice, and Diego Barrera and Jawaan Delaney added a goal apiece.
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.
LMU outshot the Zags 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 Lions return to Sullivan Field next weekend to host their final home weekend of the season. LMU will welcome Saint Mary's on Friday at 3:00pm, and wrap up the home schedule with Santa Clara on Sunday at 2:00pm.
- GO LIONS! -