Oct. 30, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team (8-6-1, 5-1-1 WCC) extended their undefeated streak to six matches after a 2-0 shutout of the Loyola Marymount University Lions (2-11-1, 0-7-0 WCC) in a physical West Coast Conference battle. Three yellow cards and one red card ejection fueled the clash between the two teams.
In the 10th minute of the match, the USD defense fired a ball up field to sophomore defender Ryan Peterman on the far side. Peterman dribbled into the penalty box where he connected with a sprinting JT Howlan who slide-kicked the ball into the right lower corner of the net past LMU keeper Patrick Lane for a 1-0 lead.
In the 70th minute, Colin Jennings found himself inside the penalty box following a fast break and tapped a shot which was blocked by a LMU defender. Jennings gathered up the rebound from the baseline near the net passing back to Howlan inside the goalie box directly in front of the net. Howlan fired off a shot again into the lower right corner past a diving Lane who was just shy of blocking the ball as Howlan scored his second goal of the night capping off a 2-0 win.
The Lions had a nice opportunity to score in the middle of the second half when Loyola midfielder Vincent Ocampo was right in front of the net. However, San Diego stopper Kelin Briones was right there for the save to hold onto the shutout.
A total of 35 fouls were committed in the match, USD tallying 22 to LMU's 13. LMU out-shot the Toreros 9-5, while tallying four corner kicks to USD's three. Lane had two goals against and one save. Briones had two saves and no goals against. Lion Midfielder Nick Blanco recorded three shots in the match. JT Howlan recorded a team high four shots, two of which were on goal.
The Toreros travel to the Bay Area on Friday, November 2 for a single match against the No. 3 ranked Santa Clara University Broncos. The match is set to kickoff at 7:00 p.m. from Buck Shaw Stadium.