Nov. 11, 2007
Looking for their second conference win of the season, the Lions were victimized by Portland, 3-0 to spoil LMU Senior Day in a rainy West Coast Conference match Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Field. The loss concluded the Lions home schedule, and they travel to Northern California next weekend to close out the season.
Before the kick-off LMU honored it's five seniors, Toby Kennedy, Nick Blanco, Trini Gomez and Adam Sloustcher, with a pregame ceremony. Unfortunately, the Lions could not give their seniors a victory in their last game at Sullivan Field.
After winning Friday's match 1-0, LMU (3-14-1, 1-9-0 WCC) entered Sunday's game looking to gain another WCC win. The Pilots (9-4-5, 6-1-4 WCC) had other ideas and jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute. A LMU yellow card on Blayze Hanson set up a free kick for the Pilots from 30 yards. Collen Warner tapped the ball to Alex Elliot who kicked a high ball over Goalkeeper Patrick Lane's head. The goal was Elliot's team leading sixth of the season.
Shortly after in the 28th minute, a slide tackle by Portland's Ryan Oakes resulted in a straight red card. With time stopped and emotions high, three yellow cards were handed to the Lions, with Rafael Baca getting shown a red to send him out of the game. The remainder of the match was played with ten players on the field for each team.
The second half belonged to the Pilots as they scored two goals within five minutes of each other. In the 72nd minute, Warner settled a nice ball from Alex Kraus to lead him on a breakaway. Beating the defender in the box, his shot on the left post went through Lane for a goal. Five minutes later Jared VanShaik found Bryan Irwin for the Pilots third and final goal of the match.
LMU's closest chance to score came in the 64th minute when Wilkie Johnson kicked a rocket that was blocked by Portland's goalkeeper, Austin Guerrero. Guerrero had three saves in the match, while Lane stopped four shots in the Lions' goal.
Portland out-shot the Lions 13 to 11.
Next weekend, the Lions head north to conclude their season. On Friday, they travel to San Francisco to face the Dons. On Sunday, they head to Moraga, CA to play Saint Mary's.