Aug. 30, 2006
The Lions return to Sullivan Field for their first regular season game this Saturday when they host Marquette at 2:00pm. LMU is ranked #14 in the latest Soccer America poll following its 1-0 win over then-#2 Connecticut in Storrs last Saturday night. The game will be broadcast live and FREE on Lions All-Access at www.LMULions.com. In addition, Gametracker will be available for the game on www. LMULions.com.
Marquette is 1-0-1 after the opening weekend of action. The Golden Eagles opened their season with a 2-1 win at Loyola-Chicago, and followed it up with a 0-0 tie vs. Denver. Dan Addis and Mike Klemm scored goals in the season opener, and Matt Pyzdrowski has a 0.45 GAA after making 10 saves in the first two games. Marquette's opponents have outshot them 22-13 in the first two games. Head Coach Louis Bennett is in his first season at Marquette.
The Lions opened their season with a bang, defeating then-#2 Connecticut in front of 5.489 fans at Morrone Stadium on the Storrs campus. It marks the fifth straight year that LMU has defeated a top-10 opponent and the first time since October or 2004 that UConn has lost at home. In the 34th minute, Trini Gomez scored off of a Bobby Burling assist to put LMU ahead 1-0. Rob Flores made six saves in the game, and Michael Ogletree headed a ball off the line in the final minutes of the game to help preserve the shutout. LMU struggled in its second game of the weekend, coming up short of a 2-1 double overtime game against Central Connecticut State. David Niemeyer put the Lions ahead with a goal in the 14th minute, but the Blue Devils tied the score in the second half to force overtime. After a scoreless first OT period, CCSU put in the game-winner in the first minute of the second extra period.
For another season, all of LMU's home games will be broadcast live on Lions All-Access at www.LMULions.com. For the first time, all broadcasts on All-Access will be available for FREE. Toby Kennedy will be bringing you all of the action from Sullivan Field.
Fans who aren't able to make the trek to Sullivan Field can still follow the action statistically on Gametracker. The live stats can be found at www.LMULions.com In addition, selected road games will also carry Gametracker. Check the LMU website for the complete schedule.
Burling Climbs the Charts
Despite being moved to defense for the 2006 season, senior Bobby Burling still continues to climb the LMU career points chart. With an assist against CCSU, Burling now has 36 career points and sits in seventh place on the career points list. In addition, he now has 14 career assists, good for eighth all-time at LMU. Burling spent his first three years with the Lions at the forward position.
Gomez Nabs Weekly Award
Trini Gomez was named the WCC Co-Player of the Week for his role in leading the Lions to the 1-0 win over then-#2 Connecticut. It is the first career WCC award for the junior midfielder from Inglewood, CA. In addition, Gomez was also named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week. It is his first time earning that weekly honor as well.
LMU in the Rankings
Following the win over then-#2 Connecticut, LMU moved into the national rankings for the first time in 2006. In fact, it is the first time that LMU has been ranked since the 2005 preseason. LMU is ranked #14 by Soccer America, their highest ranking. The Lions are #22 in the College Soccer News poll, and #23 in the Soccer Times poll.
Strength of Schedule
LMU's schedule is annually among the nation's toughest and this season proves to be no different. In addition to facing UCLA in a preseason exhibition, the Lions will play six games against teams ranked in this week's top 25.
A quick look at the LMU roster shows that several of the Lions are from the state of Colorado. Seven players came to LMU from Colorado. The Centennial State is represented in every class, with two seniors, one junior, three sophomores and one freshman. In addition, Josh Carroll played club soccer in Colorado, commuting from his home state of Wyoming. LMU assistant coach Mathes Mennell attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.
In addition to his responsibilities as the team manager and the Voice of the Lions on Lions All-Access, Toby Kennedy will also be writing a column on www.LMULions.com throughout the season. His first column will be posted soon so keep checking back for Toby's take on the LMU men's soccer team.