Nov. 9, 2007
Junior Garrett Maloney's connected in the eleventh minute for the only score of the game, giving LMU (3-13-1, 1-8-0 WCC) its first win in conference play, 1-0 over #23 Gonzaga (9-4-4, 4-2-4 WCC). The win snapped the Lions nine-game losing streak and was their third win over a ranked team this season.
LMU came out aggressive in the first half, in the eleventh minute, Tyler Mehl found Rafael Baca on the far left side of the field who then kicked a long cross to a waiting Maloney in front of the goal. Maloney's header into the far left post gave the Lions the lead and proved to be the game-winner. It was Maloney's first goal on the season.
The Bulldogs had a few good chances to score early in the game but the Lions defense fended off their efforts. LMU Goalkeeper Patrick Lane had only one save on the day, but his LMU teammates pitched in to keep the Bulldog's out of the net.
The second half of the game saw Gonzaga mostly in Lion territory but each effort by the Bulldogs was thwarted by the stellar play of the defense. In the 78th minute Alex Proano was called for a Yellowcard setting up a free kick for the Bulldogs from 40 yards that was saved by Lane.
The closest the Bulldogs came to tying the game came 11 minutes later when Adam Sloustcher was called for a Yellowcard, setting up another Gonzaga free kick 30 yards from the goal. The kick caused a scramble in the box, and as time ran out Josh Carroll made a sliding effort to kick the ball out of the box, sealing the victory for the Lions.
In a game that saw five Yellowcards, three for LMU and two for Gonzaga, the Lions out-shot the Bulldogs 12 to seven. The victory is the LMU's first in conference play and third on the season.
LMU travels to Northern California next weekend in their season finale. The Lions play San Francisco Friday before taking on Saint Mary's Sunday.