Oct. 29, 2007
San Diego, CA - Looking to split their home-and-home series, LMU was victimized by San Diego again, falling 2-0 in a West Coast Conference match Monday night at Torero Stadium. The teams were playing their second game against each other in four days in a match that was rescheduled due to the Southern California wildfires.
After dropping Friday's match 2-1, the Lions (2-11-1, 0-7-0 WCC) entered Monday's match looking to snap their six-game losing streak. The Toreros (8-6-1, 5-1-1 WCC) had other ideas and jumped out to a 1-0 lead within the first ten minutes. Ryan Peterman crossed into the middle for J.T. Howlan, who slid in to give the hosts the lead.
LMU found themselves down a second goal 20 minutes from time. It was Howlan again who did the damage, scoring his third goal in two games. Colin Jennings provided the pass, finding Howlan at the penalty spot for a 2-0 advantage.
The Lions caught a break in the 82nd minute when USD's J.D. Penilton was shown a straight red card but could not breach the Torero goal despite a 9-5 shot advantage. Senior Nick Blanco paced the attack with three shots.
Redshirt freshman Patrick Lane made one save for the Lions while Kelin Briones stopped two shots in the USD goal.
The Lions face a short week as they head north for a pair of games later in the week. On Thursday, they travel to Corvallis, OR, for a non-conference match against Oregon State. On Sunday, it's back to WCC play at #4 Santa Clara.