Oct. 26, 2007
Los Angeles, CA -LMU scored early but could not hold on as San Diego posted a 2-1 victory in a West Coast Conference match Friday afternoon at Sullivan Field in Los Angeles. The Lions (2-10-1, 0-6-0 WCC) and Toreros (7-6-1, 4-1-1 WCC) were playing the first match of their home-and-home series that had been moved to LMU due to the wildfires in San Diego.
The Lions got off to a promising start as freshman Rafael Baca gave the home side the lead after just nine minutes. From the middle of the field, senior Adam Sloustcher fed a ball to junior Stephen Carlson, who lobbed it over the top for Baca. USD goalkeeper Kelin Briones came off his line but Baca was first to it, chipping the goalkeeper from just inside the penalty area. It was Baca's second goal of the season, putting him back into a tie for the team lead.
The remainder of the first half turned into a rough affair as LMU battled to protect its lead. Six yellow cards in total were issued in the opening 45 minutes but the Lions went into the half holding on to their goal advantage.
USD pulled level not long after the break. Dustin Guerrero provided a cross from the right that was redirected by J.T. Howlan into the lower left corner at 46:17. Ten minutes later, the Toreros pulled ahead on a similar play. Guerrero again sent in a cross from the right and it was met by a header from Colin Jennings. LMU freshman goalkeeper Patrick Lane made an excellent diving save to his right to keep out the first attempt but Jennings reacted first to the rebound to make it 2-1.
LMU had two terrific chances to equalize in the final 13 minutes. Off a corner in the 78th minute, sophomore Blayze Hanson found himself wide open in the six yard box but he could not get any power or direction on his downward header as it bounced wide. Baca almost grabbed himself a second six minutes from time but his long-range effort was tipped over by Briones.
The Lions held a 11-8 shot advantage, forcing Briones into three saves. Lane also made three saves for LMU.
The teams will travel to San Diego on Monday at 7 p.m. to conclude their season series.