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Lions to Face Tough Competition in New Mexico Tournament

Sept. 5, 2007

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This Week
LMU at Nike/TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational (Albuquerque, NM)LMU (0-1-0) at #24 New Mexico (1-1-0)Friday, September 7 • 6 p.m.UNM Soccer Complex

LMU (0-1-0) vs. Central Florida (0-1-0)Sunday, September 9 • 10 a.m.UNM Soccer Complex

Briefly
With the 2007 season underway, LMU takes to the road for the next two weeks and the first of three tournaments it will play in a row. This week, the Lions travel to Albuquerque, NM, for the Nike/TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational, in which it will face the hosts and 24th-ranked New Mexico on Friday and then Central Florida on Sunday.

Listen And Follow Live On The Web
Loyola Marymount University, in conjunction with Stretch Internet, is proud to present, FREE, live audio broadcasts over the World Wide Web on www.LMULions.com. This week's tournament will be available with Toby Kennedy calling the action. Just click on the "Listen" or "Archive" link next to the game of your choice (you will be automatically directed to download QuickTime if it's not yet installed on your computer). All broadcasts will be archived within 72 hours of their original airing and will include both the pre-game and post-game shows.All home games will also be available on Gametracker through the LMU website. Select road games will also be featured.Live video will be available through UNM's website for a small registration fee. For tournament info, go to www.golobos.com.

Media Guide
The 2007 LMU men's soccer media guide is available for download at www.lmulions.com. This is the only source of copies of the guide.

About New Mexico
Ranked 10th in the NSCAA preseason poll, the Lobos opened the season by splitting its first two games against Akron and Hartwick, both high-scoring affairs. On Friday against Akron, Ryan Farquharson tied the game at 1-1 in the first half but the Zips scored two second half goals to win 3-1. UNM reversed the score on Sunday against Hartwick, overcoming an early 1-0 deficit with three goals in the span of 18 minutes for a 3-1 victory. Chris Wright, Mike Porter, and P.J. Wilson all got on the scoresheet with former Lion Diego Barrera providing a pair of assists. They are now ranked 24th by the NSCAA.Head Coach Jeremy Fishbein is in his sixth season at UNM, putting together a record of 76-21-11 and an overall 15-year coaching record of 171-81-21. Last season, the Lobos went 14-4-3, winning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title with an 8-1-1 mark and advancing to the NCAA Second Round. They return 13 letterwinners and nine starters.New Mexico has won all three meetings against LMU with all being played at neutral sites. The most recent match-up was a 3-0 victory by the Lobos in 2004.

About Central Florida
The Knights had a wild opening game in a battle of the Florida directionals, falling to South Florida 5-2 on Friday. UCF took the lead through Mike Mattson in the fifth minute but USF scored three straight. James Georgeff pulled a goal back with 10 minutes to play only to see South Florida score twice more in the final nine minutes to put the game out of reach.Bryan Cunningham is in his first season as head coach at UCF. Last year, the Knights went 6-9-2, placing sixth in Conference USA with a 3-3-2 record. They bring back 12 letterwinners and seven starters.This will be the first meeting between the Lions and Knights.

Last Week Recap
On Saturday, LMU welcomed Cal Poly to Sullivan Field for the 2007 season opener but the Mustangs spoiled the party with a 2-0 victory. With 10 players making their LMU debuts, the Lions had a couple chances early and got an outstanding effort from redshirt freshman goalkeeper Patrick Lane, who made several crucial saves to keep the game scoreless at halftime. Cal Poly turned the tide as the second half opened, getting a pair of goals from Daniel Cumming in the span of 75 seconds to jump out to the 2-0 lead. As time wound down senior Tyler Mehl and sophomore Steffen Canty each had chances to pull a goal back but their shots went just high.Each team took nine shots, with Lane recording three saves.

It's Tourney Time
Although the ultimate goal is to be playing in that big tournament at the end of the season, LMU is getting its fair share of warm-ups with three tournaments in the month of September. First up is this week's trip to Albuquerque, NM, for the Nike/TLC Plumbing Invitational and the first meeting of the season against a ranked opponent. The trip to New Mexico also starts a spurt of seven games in which the Lions will face five teams that made the NCAA Tournament.Since Paul Krumpe took over as head coach in 1998, LMU is 20-19-5 in regular season tournaments.

Who Are You?
Saturday's season opener saw 10 players make their LMU debuts, including three who were in the starting lineup. Redshirt freshman Patrick Lane got the nod in goal while freshman Rafael Baca and redshirt freshman Josh Carroll started in the midfield. In addition, sophomore Blayze Hanson made his first career start. Of the eight players who came off the bench, only senior Tyler Mehl had ever donned the Crimson and Navy.

Welcome Back, Carlson
It was nice to see junior defender Stephen Carlson back on the field after redshirting 2006 with an injury. Carlson started and played the first 70 minutes, a good sign that he is healthy. He was quite productive, as well, continually getting free on both the left and right wings to stretch the Mustang defense.

Lane Gets The Start In Goal
The most hotly contested position during preseason training was in goal, and redshirt freshman Patrick Lane emerged as the winner of that battle, at least for the season opener. Lane had a solid showing in his debut, making three saves, including one on a one-on-one just before halftime.

Mehl Does Well
Senior forward Tyler Mehl provided LMU with a spark off the bench against Cal Poly, attempting a team-high three shots. Mehl, who has started only eight of his 38 career matches, gave the Lions the hustle and experience needed up front and was almost rewarded with a goal late in the contest.

A Good Omen?
LMU might have dropped its season opener but that's not necessarily a bad sign. In the four years that the Lions made the NCAA Tournament, the team was an unconvincing 1-2-1 in the first game of the season. Both losses were also via shutout. Just goes to show that how you start doesn't have to be an indicator of how you'll finish.

WCC Coaches Pick LMU In A Tie For Fourth
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. The Lions received 19 points, the same number as Portland, while Santa Clara is the preseason favorite to capture its second straight conference title. San Francisco is picked second after making the NCAA Tournament in 2006, followed by San Diego. After LMU and Portland sit Gonzaga and Saint Mary's, respectively.

Recruiting Class Tabbed In The National Top-40 By College Soccer News
Head Coach Paul Krumpe's 2007 recruiting class has been ranked #40 in the nation by College Soccer News in the publication's recent preseason release. LMU was one of two West Coast Conference teams to be ranked, along with Santa Clara, which was 14th. Krumpe has 11 new players joining the Lions this fall, nine incoming freshman and one transfer. 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 Vincent Ocampo, Go Eto, and Gio Lopez also will be part of the Lions squad, as will defender Andrew Park, the CIF Division I Offensive Player of the Year. Defenders Brock Smith and Greg Ricks have transferred in from Santiago Canyon College and Irvine Valley College, respectively.

Watch Closely: Vincent Ocampo Named One Of 100 "Freshmen To Watch" In 2007
Freshman midfielder Vincent Ocampo had hardly even stepped on campus before the spotlight was on him. Tabbed as one of College Soccer News' "100 Freshmen to Keep an Eye On", Ocampo arrives at LMU having earned NSCAA All-American honors as a high school senior at Mt. Carmel HS in San Diego.

Only The Best To Face The Lions
LMU's 2007 schedule will once again test the team at every turn. The Lions face six teams that made the 2006 NCAA Tournament, with five of those opponents coming in the Lions' first nine games. Four opponents (Santa Clara, New Mexico, Saint Louis, and Harvard) are ranked in the NSCAA preseason poll, with a fifth, Creighton, sitting just outside.Seeking its first NCAA postseason appearance since 2004, the Lions will compete in three tournaments in the season's first month. After the home opener against Cal Poly, the road starts at New Mexico's tournament, where the Lions will face the hosts and Central Florida. The following week it's off to the Saint Louis/Nike Classic and games against the host Billikins and Creighton. A third tournament in a row, this time at home, brings a pair of Ivy League foes in Harvard and Columbia to Sullivan Field on September 21-23 before the WCC schedule opens with a home date against defending champions Santa Clara.

Now, Now, Who Do We Have Here?
LMU lost three All-WCC performers from last year's team in seniors Bobby Burling and Junior Ybarra and junior Diego Barrera who, along with senior David Niemeyer, comprised four of the team's top eight scorers from 2006. The good news is that they return First Team All-WCC senior Nick Blanco and junior Brad Stisser, who tied for the team lead with four goals last year. Also back are senior Trini Gomez, who led LMU with six goals in 2005 and junior Jawaan Delaney, who gained honorable mention All-WCC status last year. In total, 13 letterwinners and six starters return to the Bluff in 2007.