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LMU to Face Two Nationally Ranked Teams this Weekend in the Saint Louis/Nike Soccer Classic

Sept. 11, 2007

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This week
LMU at Saint Louis/Nike Soccer Classic (Saint Louis, MO)LMU (1-2-0) at #24 Saint Louis (0-1-2)Thursday, September 13 • 4:30 p.m.Hermann Stadium

LMU (1-2-0) vs. #16 Creighton (1-0-2)Saturday, September 15 • 10 a.m.Hermann Stadium

Briefly
LMU has a short week coming up as they return from a tournament in New Mexico, only to turn around and play Thursday and Saturday at the Saint Louis/Nike Soccer Classic. The Lions, coming off a 1-0 upset of #17 New Mexico, are in the midst of a seven-match stretch in which they square off against five teams that qualified for the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

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. 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.

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 the Saint Louis/Nike Soccer Classic
This season's Saint Louis/Nike Soccer Classic features four teams with recent postseason experience in LMU, Saint Louis, Creighton, and Indiana. Saint Louis (, Creighton, and Indiana are currently nationally ranked and all were participants in the 2006 NCAA Tournament, with Indiana winning the 2004 National Championship. Between them, the teams have combined for 93 appearances and 158 victories in the NCAA Tournament.The tournament begins Thursday at 3 p.m. (Pacific) with Creighton vs. Indiana, followed by LMU against Saint Louis. On Sunday, LMU and Creighton play the day's first game with Indiana and Saint Louis to follow. All games will be held at Hermann Stadium, the site of the 2006 NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup.

About Saint Louis (0-1-2) • Rankings: #19 (College Soccer News), #23 (Soccertimes), #24 (NSCAA)
Saint Louis suffered its first defeat of the year on Sunday, a 2-0 loss at #2 Duke in the finale of the Duke/adidas Classic. On Friday at North Carolina State, the Billikins fell behind 1-0 in the 53rd minute but rebounded to tie it on Kyle Patterson's header in the 70th minute. The score remained tied through regulation and both overtimes. Patterson and Calum Angus were both named to the All-Tournament team. SLU opened the season with a 1-1 tie against Southern Methodist on August 31.Dan Donigan is in his seventh season as head coach of Saint Louis, putting together a record of 79-29-15. Last season, the Billikins went 13-5-2, winning the Atlantic-10 Conference title with an 8-0-1 record. They advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, their first NCAA postseason appearance since 2003 and NCAA-record 43rd appearance. The Billikins have won 65 postseason games and 10 national titles, most in history. They bring back 16 letterwinners and six starters.This will be the first meeting between the Lions and Billikins.

About Creighton (1-0-2) • Rankings: #14 (Soccertimes), #16 (NSCAA), #22 (College Soccer News),br>Creighton has yet to be defeated in the early going of 2007, recording a win and a pair of ties in the season's first three games. The Bluejays opened the year by hosting the Diadora Classic August 31-September 2, tying San Diego State 2-2 and defeating Wisconsin-Green Bay 3-0. On Saturday, they hosted #11 UCLA, battling to a goalless draw. Andrei Gotsmanov leads the Jays with two goals while Tony Schmitz has a goal and an assist this year. Goalkeeper Matt Allen has a goals-against-average of 0.58.Now in his 12th season as Creighton's head coach, Bob Warming holds a 156-52-24 record with the Bluejays and a career record of 349-171-54 in 30 years as a head coach, ranking him eighth among active coaches in wins. The Jays went 13-5-3 in 2006, tying for first in the Missouri Valley Conference at 4-1-4. They advanced to the NCAA Tournament but were eliminated in the first round. They return 15 letterwinners and five starters.The Lions and Jays have split their two meetings, with LMU winning at home 2-1 in double overtime in 2003 and Creighton returning the favor, 2-1 in Omaha in 2004.

Last Week Recap
LMU opened its tournament season on the road last weekend at the Nike/TLC Plumbing and Utility Invitational in Albuquerque, NM, splitting its two games. Heading into the tournament's first game against #17 New Mexico, the Lions were also looking for their first win of the season. Junior midfielder Brad Stisser got the visitors off to the perfect start, firing home a free kick from 25 yards in the eighth minute for a 1-0 lead. From that point on, the LMU defense cracked down, weathering a blistering 21 shots from the Lobos as redshirt freshman GK Patrick Lane made five saves to preserve his first career shutout and a 1-0 victory. It was LMU's first win over UNM in four all-time meetings.With the Lions' victory and Central Florida beating Cincinnati on Friday, Sunday's match turned out to be for the tournament championship. The first half saw the Lions go on the offensive, taking 10 shots to UCF's five and earning a whopping six corner kicks. Alas, LMU could not find the back of the net and the Knights got a goal in the 66th minute to earn a 1-0 win.

Stisser, Lane, Carroll Named All-Tourney,br>Three Lions earned All-Tournament accolades in leading LMU to a second-place finish at the TLC Plumbing and Utility Invitational September 7-9 in Albuquerque, NM. Junior midfielder/forward Brad Stisser, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Patrick Lane, and redshirt freshman midfielder Josh Carroll all had outstanding weekends. Stisser gained a spot thanks to his game-winning goal against #17 New Mexico; Lane recorded a shutout against UNM and stopped eight shots on the weekend; Carroll started both matches in the midfield and was outstanding in aiding LMU's offensive and defensive efforts.

Rankings Mean Nothing
One would think that playing a top-25 opponent on their home field would be an arduous task but it is actually one that LMU has come to embrace over the past few years. The 1-0 upset at #17 New Mexico was the Lions' 13th over a ranked opponent since 2003. Even more incredible is that LMU has won four of its last five against ranked opponents when playing on the other team's turf.

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. After last week's trip to Albuquerque, NM, for the Nike/TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational and the upset over #17 New Mexico, the Lions are on a stretch of seven games in which they will face five teams that made the NCAA Tournament. Since Paul Krumpe took over as head coach in 1998, LMU is 21-20-5 in regular season tournaments.

Stisser Strikes Gold
After tying for the team lead with four goals last season, junior midfielder/forward Brad Stisser is out to show that he can do so again. Stisser had the game-winning goal on a free kick to lift the Lions to a 1-0 upset win at #17 New Mexico and, to date, has netted LMU's lone goal of the year. For his efforts, he earned All-Tournament honors.Stisser has five goals on the Bluff since transferring in from Coastal Carolina in 2006, the most in that time frame among active Lions. He also has shown a knack for producing in crunch time, with three of his five goals as game-winners.

Lane Makes a Statement
A road game against a nationally-ranked opponent is a good place to claim your first career shutout, which is exactly what redshirt freshman goalkeeper Patrick Lane did, as he held #17 New Mexico off the scoreboard. Lane, making just his second collegiate appearance, was outstanding against the Lobos, making a diving stop in the game's first six minutes to keep the scores level, and then tipping a last-minute attempt over the crossbar to maintain LMU's one goal advantage. He finished the contest with a career-high five saves.Lane followed up his performance with three saves against Central Florida, earning a place on the All-Tournament team at the Nike/TLC Plumbing and Utility Invitational.Through three games, Lane has a 1.00 goals-against-average and has made 11 saves in 270 minutes.

Welcome Back, Carlson
It is 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 against Cal Poly, then came off the bench for both games in New Mexico.

Mehl Does Well
Senior forward Tyler Mehl provided LMU with a spark off the bench against Cal Poly, attempting a team-high three shots. That was enough to earn him the starting nod in both games at the New Mexico tournament, giving him more starts as a senior than he had all of last season. Mehl, who has started only 10 of his 40 career matches, gives the Lions the hustle and experience needed up front whether he is in the starting lineup or comes off the bench.

Krumpe's Krew Getting Stronger
Head Coach Paul Krumpe must be encouraged as his squad gets closer to being at full-strength. After a rash of injuries during preseason training, Krumpe was without the services of senior defender and team captain Adam Sloustcher, sophomore defender Wilkie Johnson, redshirt freshman Andrew Morris, and freshman forward Sharif Khatib. All four made their season debuts over the weekend, giving the Lions more depth across the board.

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.

Shoot!
Through the season's first three games, LMU has been outscored 3-1 and outshot 45-38. The numbers are slightly deceiving, though, as the totals have been skewed by New Mexico's 21-10 shot advantage, even though that was a game that LMU won. A closer look should be taken at shots on goal, in which the Lions are only trailing by one, 15-14. This shows that LMU has been more accurate with its shots, and therefore more likely to find the back of the net in the long run.