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Upset Bid Thwarted

Nov. 4, 2007

Box Score

Santa Clara, CA - Gunning for its second win over a top-10 opponent this season, LMU was denied 3-1 at #3 Santa Clara in a West Coast Conference match Sunday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium. LMU (2-13-1, 0-8-0 WCC) rallied from a goal down but the Broncos (11-1-4, 6-0-2 WCC) scored twice in the final 30 minutes to record the season sweep.

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Patrick Lane registered a career-high eight saves while sophomore Wilkie Johnson scored his second goal of the season to move into a tie for the team lead.

SCU took the lead with 21 minutes remaining in the half on a Peter Lowry penalty kick. Jide Ogunbiyi was pulled down inside the box after receiving a pass from Matt Hatzke. Lowry drove the penalty into the upper corner past a diving Lane for a 1-0 advantage.

LMU had a chance to pull level early in the second half but Bronco keeper Kevin Klasila came off his line to thwart a possible chance from a through ball. No matter, as LMU evened the score four minutes into the second half after a scramble in front of the net. Senior Trini Gomez whipped a cross into the box and the Broncos were unable to clear the ball out of danger. Johnson out-muscled his defender to gather in the loose ball and blast it into the goal for his second of the year.

Given new life, the Lions pushed forward looking for the goal that would keep the upset hopes alive. Instead, Scott Sweeney put SCU back on top with his first career goal in the 61st minute. Lowry sent a corner kick into the box that was cleared out. The ball came to Sweeney, who took a one-timed shot from 35 yards out that found the lower corner past Lane.

The third Bronco goal came in the dying seconds when LMU was sending as much forward as it could. Ricky Character dribbled past two LMU defenders on the endline and found Aaron Clubb at the near post. Clubb fed a pass back to Matt Marquess, whose shot to the near post made the final score 3-1.

Klasila stopped two shots for the hosts, who held a 21-6 shot advantage.

The Lions return to Sullivan Field next week for their final home stand of the season. On Friday, they host Gonzaga at 3 p.m. Sunday's home finale at 2 p.m. against Portland will be preceded by a Senior Day ceremony that will honor LMU's four seniors: Gomez, Nick Blanco, Adam Sloustcher, and Tyler Mehl.