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Lions Head North

Oct. 31, 2007

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This Week
LMU (2-11-1, 0-7-0 WCC) at Oregon State (5-10-0, 2-5-0 Pac-10)Thursday, November 1 • 7:00 p.m.Paul Lorenz Field • Corvallis, OR

LMU (2-11-1, 0-7-0 WCC) at #3 Santa Clara (9-1-4, 4-0-2 WCC)Sunday, November 4 • 2:00 p.m.Buck Shaw Stadium • Santa Clara, CAWCC All-Access

With the rescheduling of last week's matches due to the Southern California wildfires, LMU finds itself with a short week, playing three matches in three cities in seven days. After Monday's trip to San Diego, the Lions fly to Oregon to face Oregon State on Thursday in a rare late-season non-conference match. Then it's off to Santa Clara for a rematch with the third-ranked Broncos on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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.Sunday's match at Santa Clara will be broadcast live as part of the WCC All-Access package. Fans can view all the action FREE by signing up at www.wccsports.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 Oregon State (5-10-0, 2-5-0 Pac-10)
Oregon State dropped both of its matches last week, falling 2-1 at #4 UCLA and 3-0 to San Diego State. Against the Bruins, the Beavers found themselves trailing 2-0 before pulling a goal back through Mason Webb in the 82nd minute. OSU out-shot UCLA but could not grab the equalizer. On Sunday, SDSU went ahead in the 23rd minute and added a second just after half time before netting the third in the final minute.Twins Nick and Mason Webb share the goal lead with three goals apiece while Nick has added three assists for a team-high nine points. Josh Cameron is second with seven points. Goalkeeper Packy Deenihan has a 1.71 goals-against-average with three saves.Dana Taylor is in his ninth season as head coach in Corvallis, going 70-89-8. Last year, the Beavers were 5-12-2, finishing sixth in the Pac-10 with an 0-9-1 record. They bring back 15 letterwinners and seven starters.This will be the fourth meeting all-time between LMU and OSU but the first since 1999. Oregon State won the first two before the Lions notched a 2-0 home win to trail the series 2-1.

About Santa Clara (5-10-0, 2-5-0 Pac-10) • National Rankings: #3 (College Soccer News, NSCAA), #4 (Soccertimes), #5 (Soccer America)
Santa Clara was idle last week, meaning that their 11-match unbeaten run remained intact. The Broncos face San Diego on Friday night before hosting the Lions Sunday.Peter Lowry heads the Santa Clara attack with six goals and 12 points while Jide Ogunbiyi is alongside him on 12 points with five goals and two assists. Jamil Roberts is a close third, scoring three goals and providing a team-high five assists for 11 points. The Broncos have outscored opponents 22-8 this year thanks to goalkeeper Kevin Klasila, who has a 0.31 goals-against-average with 22 saves and six shutouts.Head Coach Cameron Rast is 76-28-17 in six seasons at Santa Clara. The Broncos went 13-5-5 in 2006, winning the WCC title with an 8-2-2 record. They advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals.LMU gets its second shot at the Broncos this season after falling 1-0 in the teams' WCC opener at Sullivan Field on October 5. On that day, Roberts scored the game's only goal in the 34th minute and Santa Clara survived playing a man down for the final 37 minutes to improve to 20-7-1 all-time against LMU. The Lions are 2-11-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium but both of their victories came in the last two years.

Last Week Recap
The Southern California wildfires forced a little schedule juggling for LMU's home-and-home series with San Diego. Originally slated for Thursday in San Diego and Sunday at Sullivan Field, the teams switched, playing Friday at LMU and Monday night down at Torero Stadium. Neither venue suited the Lions, however, as the Toreros won 2-1 and 2-0 to extend LMU's losing streak to seven games. Things looked promising early on Friday as freshman Rafael Baca staked the Lions to a 1-0 lead nine minutes in. From the middle of the field, senior Adam Sloustcher fed a ball to junior Stephen Carlson, who lobbed it over the top for Baca. The USD goalkeeper came off his line but Baca won the race, chipping the goalkeeper from just inside the penalty area. The lead would last through until halftime as LMU went into the break leading for just the third time this season. USD wasted no time in pulling level, scoring at 46:17 when J.T. Howlan redirected a cross to make it 1-1. Ten minutes later, Colin Jennings connected on a header that was saved by redshirt freshman Patrick Lane. The ball fell in the area and Jennings was first to react for the game-winner.Playing a rare Monday night match, the Lions found themselves victimized twice more by Howlan. The Torero scored the game's first goal at 9:26 and added his second, and third against the Lions, in the 69th for the final margin. The Lions out-shot the Toreros in each game but could not come away with the desired result in either contest.

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.

Score Prediction? My Money is on 1-0
Through 14 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 0-5-0 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 0-9-1 when their opponents score the game's first goal.

Baca Rises to the Top
With his goal against San Diego, freshman Rafael Baca regained the team points lead. Baca's two goals are tied for the team lead while his seven points pace the attack. 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 14 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. His three assists leads the team and is tied for eighth in the WCC. He is second on the team in minutes played with 1,186.

Stisser Strikes
Junior Brad Stisser is tied atop the LMU goals list after his free kick against San Francisco. Both of Stisser's goals this year have come off of free kicks. 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 goals have been game-winners.

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. Lane has a pair of shutouts and 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 12 games, Lane has a 1.39 goals-against-average and has made 42 saves in 1101:59 minutes.

It Has to Be Mentioned...
LMU's current seven-match losing streak is the longest under Paul Krumpe and the longest in WCC play in school history. That being said, the 2007 Lions have a long way to go to set the school record for futility, as the LMU program once lost 15 consecutive matches in 1990. The program record for most shutouts against in a season is 10, set in 1988.