Aug. 7, 2007
LMU men's soccer was selected to finish the 2007 seasons in a tie for fourth, according to West Coast Conference coaches in the annual preseason poll, it was announced Monday. The Lions received 19 points, the same number as Portland, while Santa Clara is the preseason favorite to capture its second straight conference title.
The Lions went 9-8-2 overall and 5-5-2 in the WCC last year to place fourth for their ninth consecutive season above .500. LMU was very competitive throughout the year, upsetting champions Santa Clara in Santa Clara but were unfortunate with four of the five conference losses coming by a single goal. LMU has lost five starters from that squad but return senior midfielder Nick Blanco, who earned All-WCC honors as a junior. He is joined among the returning corps by junior defender Jawaan Delaney, an honorable mention recipient in 2007, and junior midfielder Brad Stisser, who tied for the team lead with four goals.
Head coach Paul Krumpe, now in his tenth year at LMU, has also retooled with a recruiting class ranked in the top-40 in the nation by College Soccer News. Krumpe has 10 new players joining the Lions this fall, eight incoming freshman and two transfers. The freshman class is highlighted by forward Rafael Baca and goalkeeper Jack McCormack, who both played for the Arsenal FC club team that recently finished as national runners-up. Baca will be joined up front in the incoming class by Nate Fischer, Sharif Khatib, and Roland Anderson. Midfielders Vinny Ocampo, Go Eto, and Gio Lopez also will be part of the Lions squad, as will defender Andrew Park. Brock Smith, from Santiago Canyon College, and Greg Ricks, a transfer from Irvine Valley College, complete the incoming class.
The Lions open their 2007 campaign at home against Cal Poly on Saturday, September 1.