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After Schedule Change, LMU Hosts San Diego Friday

Oct. 25, 2007

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This week
LMU (2-9-1, 0-5-0) vs. San Diego (6-6-1, 3-1-1)Friday, October 26 • 12:00 p.m.Sullivan Field

LMU at San DiegoMonday, October 29 • 2:00 p.m.Torero Stadium • San Diego, CA

Originally scheduled for Thursday at USD and Sunday at LMU, the recent California wildfires have forced the sides to change their home-and-home series this week. LMU will now host San Diego at 12 noon on Friday, with the teams returning to San Diego at 7 p.m. on Monday. Friday's game will be the first of a doubleheader, with the Lion women following against Saint Mary's.

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 San Diego (6-6-1, 3-1-1)
San Diego recorded a pair of shutouts last week to run its unbeaten streak to four games. On Friday, Kelin Briones made five saves and got goals from Fabrice Gaudrat and Chase Tangney in the Toreros' third consecutive win, 2-0 over Saint Mary's. Briones earned the WCC Player of the Week honor with the clean sheet in Sunday's 0-0 tie against San Francisco.Seamus McFadden is in his 28th season as USD's head coach, compiling a record of 289-208-12. Last year, the Toreros went 10-8-1 overall, placing fifth in the WCC with a 5-6-1 mark. They return 15 letterwinners and eight starters.Although San Diego leads the all-time series 15-9-4, LMU is undefeated in the last six meetings, posting four victories and two ties. This will be the third time in the last four seasons that the teams will play twice in a week and the Lions have yet to lose, going 3-0-1 in such situations. Five of the last 10 contests have gone into double overtime. Last season, the teams met in back-to-back games, tying 1-1 at Sullivan Field before the Lions came away 3-2 victors in San Diego.

Last Week Recap
LMU returned home looking to put their emotional week behind them and get back to playing soccer., facing a pair of teams that, like the Lions, were each looking for their first WCC wins of the season. The performances were there for the Lions but the results were not, as they fell 2-1 to San Francisco on Friday and 1-0 to Saint Mary's on Sunday. In Friday's match, LMU had the first offensive flurry but fell behind in the 20th minute. The Lions showed passion to battle back, equalizing in the 65th minute through junior Brad Stisser. The play was started by senior Tyler Mehl, who broke through the Don defense but was brought down outside the area. Stisser placed the ball for the free kick and curled it through a myriad of players and into the back of the net for the equalizer. It was his team-leading second goal of the season, both coming off of free kicks. USF regained the lead five minutes later and LMU had one last chance but Mehl's shot from outside the area was saved.On Sunday, the Lions hosted the Gaels looking to snap their four-match losing streak. In a game of offensive dominance, the hosts held most of the possession and a 19-7 shot advantage but could not translate that into goals. Despite taking the match's first six shots, the Lions were caught by a Saint Mary's counter-attack in the 28th minute. For the next 62 minutes, the Lions continued to press forward looking for the equalizer but it would remain out of reach in the 1-0 defeat.

Trini Gomez has been selected as one of 10 national candidates for the prestigious Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, an accolade recognizing excellence on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. After a national media panel pared the candidates from 20 to 10, it is now up to the fans to vote. Fan balloting will be conducted through November 21, with the winner announced at the Men's College Cup in December. Just go to the men's soccer home page at www.LMULions.com and click on the "Vote for Trini" link to be redirected to the ballot. Fans are limited to one vote per computer per day.

Be careful What you Wish For
After being shut out in consecutive games for the second time this season, this release made an appeal for the Lions to score more goals. The Lions responded by finding the net in three straight matches but suffering defeats in all three. So now this release will make another appeal: score goals... but get the victory, too!

Score Prediction? My Money is on 1-0
Through 12 games this year, the most prevalent scoreline for the Lions has been 1-0, with six matches finishing with that narrowest of margins. Unfortunately for LMU, it has ended up on the wrong side of the result in the last five of those contests. Three of the 1-0 defeats came at the hands of ranked opponents. Last season, LMU also played six matches that ended 1-0, posting a 2-4 mark.

A Game of Two Halves
It may be one of the biggest clichés in soccer but in the case of the 2007 Lions, it is profound. Both of LMU's victories have come when the team is leading at the half but overcoming a deficit is not its strong suit, going 0-4-0 when trailing after 45 minutes. The problems can be traced further back as the Lions have yet to post a come-from-behind victory, going 0-8-1 when their opponents score the game's first goal.LMU is only being outscored by a single goal (5-4) in the first half but the gap is wider in the second, where opponents hold a 13-4 goal advantage.Stisser StrikesJunior Brad Stisser regained the team lead in goals and moved into a tie atop the points list with his free kick against San Francisco. The goal was Stisser's second of the season, both off of free kicks, and made him the only Lion on the 2007 roster to find the net more than once.He had the game-winning goal on a free kick to lift the Lions to a 1-0 upset win at #17 New Mexico and supplied the assist on the first goal in the win over #7 Harvard. For his efforts, he earned All-Tournament honors in New Mexico.Stisser has six goals on the Bluff since transferring in from Coastal Carolina in 2006, the most in that time frame among active Lions. Three of his six goals have been game-winners.

Baca Rises to the Top
It has taken him some time to appear in any of the scoring columns but freshman Rafael Baca has lived up to his billing as the South Bay Daily Breeze Regional Player of the Year. One of just two players to start all 12 games thus far, Baca displayed his skills in the early going but had nothing to show for it. After a pair of assists in the upset win over #7 Harvard that earned him all-tournament honors, Baca finally found the net himself at #23 Gonzaga, scoring his first collegiate goal to tie the game at 1-1. He tops the LMU points list with five while his three assists leads the team and is tied for sixth in the WCC. He is second on the team in minutes played with 1,030.

Lane is the "Mane" Man in Goal
The competition was fierce for the starting goalkeeper job during preseason training but redshirt freshman Patrick Lane has proven that he was the right man for the job. Although Lane is 2-7-1 this season with a pair of shutouts in ten matches, he has done an outstanding job of keeping the Lions in tight matches against ranked opponents. His two victories have come over ranked foes (#7 Harvard and #17 New Mexico) and he has been named to two all-tournament teams (Nike/TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational and LMU Invitational). Through ten games, Lane has a 1.27 goals-against-average and has made 38 saves in 921:59 minutes.

Johnson Gives Baca a Strike Partner
Head Coach Paul Krumpe has tried a number of different players up front in an effort to jump-start the attack. The latest incarnation is sophomore Wilkie Johnson, who made five starts in defense as a freshman but was slotted up front at Gonzaga and Portland to partner Baca. Johnson and Baca instantly worked well together as Johnson supplied Baca with the pass for the freshman's first career goal at Gonzaga and Baca returned the favor for Johnson to score his first of the season and second of his career at Portland. In just 213 minutes of play in 2007, Johnson is second on the team with a goal, an assist, and three points.

Lineup Shakeup Makes Room for Andrews
When you're mired in a four-match losing streak, why not give the roster a little shuffle? Against Saint Mary's on Sunday, Head Coach Paul Krumpe awarded freshman Andrew Park with his first career start and gave sophomore Andrew Kristof his first appearance of the year. Krumpe more or less emptied his bench in the first half, making eight substitutions to try to inspire some life in the Lion attack. It almost worked as the Lions nearly scored the equalizer in the final 10 minutes through another Andrew - redshirt freshman Andrew Morris - who saw his tight-angle empty-net shot hit the side netting.

Hanson Goes the Distance
After appearing in just five games in 2006, sophomore Blayze Hanson has started all 12 games in 2007, leading the team in minutes played at 1,051. His steady play at the back has enabled Krumpe to shuffle the players around him without losing a step. Hanson has also helped out going forward, gaining the game-winning assist against #7 Harvard.