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Lions Head North to Close Out Schedule

Nov. 15, 2007

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This Week
LMU (3-14-1, 1-9-0 WCC) at San Francisco (6-10-1, 2-7-1 WCC)Friday, November 16 • 7:00 p.m.Negoesco Stadium • San Francisco, CA

LMU (3-14-1, 1-9-0 WCC) at Saint Mary's (6-8-2, 2-6-2 WCC)Sunday, November 18 • 2:00 p.m.Saint Mary's Stadium • Moraga, CA

This week, LMU plays its final two home matches of the season. Friday, the Lions look for their first WCC win, hosting #23 Gonzaga, who is tied with San Diego for second place in the West Coast Conference. Sunday's game takes on even more meaning for LMU's four seniors who will play their final match at Sullivan Field against Portland 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.

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 Francisco (6-10-1, 2-7-1 WCC)
San Francisco dropped its third straight match, falling to No. 3 ranked Santa Clara at home on Friday by a 2-1 margin.Conor Chinn scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 19th minute of Friday's loss to the Broncos. Chinn enters the week tied for second in the conference in goals. Daniel DeGeer assisted on Chinn's strike, giving the senior a team-high four assists on the year. Eric Conner has collected 47 saves in the USF net during conference play, which ties him for the WCC lead. The Dons are currently in sixth place in the WCC with seven points.Erik Visser is in his 7th season as head coach in San Francisco, going 69-56-9. Last year, the Dons were 12-7-1, finishing second in the WCC with an 7-5-0 record. They bring back 12 letterwinners.This will be the second meeting of the season between LMU and San Francisco, with the Dons taking the victory from the Lions at Sullivan Field in the first match, 2-1, on October 19.

About Saint Mary's (6-8-2, 2-6-2 WCC)
Saint Mary's suffered a 4-1 defeat at No. 3 ranked Santa Clara on Sunday. Kurt Thompson scored his first collegiate goal on an assist from fellow freshman Michael Lawlor in Sunday's loss to the Broncos. It also marked the first assist in a Saint Mary's uniform for Lawlor. Keenan Flynn made eight saves in the Saint Mary's net on Sunday, giving the sophomore 47 saves in 10 games this season. Flynn enters the week averaging a conference-leading 4.7 saves per game.David Blanchard leads the Gaels with three goals, followed by teammate Bryan VanDoorninck with two. Justin Kim has a team leading six assists, placing him third in the West Coast Conference. The Gaels are currently in fifth place in the WCC with eight points.Head Coach Adam Cooper is 10-18-8 in two seasons at Saint Mary's. The Gaels went 4-10-6 overall in 2006, with a 2-7-3 WCC record. They returned 10 letterwinners and six starters.LMU gets its second shot at the Gaels this season after falling 1-0 at home on October 21.

Last Week Recap
The Lions notched its first win of the conference season, and snapped a nine-game losing skid, with a 1-0 victory over #23 ranked Gonzaga before falling to Portland on Sunday, 3-0. On Friday, in the 12th minute Tyler Mehl found Rafael Baca on the far left side of the field, who then played 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 over the Bulldogs. It marked the first goal of the season for the junior, who became the eighth Lion to score a goal this season. The win marked the third win against a ranked opponent this season for the Lions.On Sunday, looking for their second conference win of the season, the Lions were victimized by Portland, 3-0 to spoil LMU Senior Day in a rainy match at Sullivan Field. The Pilots jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute. After a LMU yellow card, Portland's Alex Elliott placed a high free kick from 30 yards over goalkeeper Patrick Lane's head. The second half belonged to the Pilots as they scored two goals within five minutes of each other. LMU's closest chance to score came in the 64th minute when Wilkie Johnson's rocket was blocked by Portland goalkeeper Austin Guerrero. Guerrero had three saves in the match, while Lane stopped four shots in the Lions' goal. Portland out-shot the Lions 13 to 11.

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 18 games this year, the most prevalent scoreline for the Lions has been 1-0, with seven matches finishing with that narrowest of margins. Unfortunately for LMU, it has ended up on the wrong side of the result in five of those contests. Three of the 1-0 defeats came at the hands of ranked opponents. Last season, LMU 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. All three of LMU's victories have come when the team is leading at the half but overcoming a deficit is not its strong suit, going 0-7-0 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 0-12-0 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 eight 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 18 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 four assists leads the team and is tied for sixth in the WCC. He is second on the team in minutes played with 1,460.

Stisser Strikes
Junior Brad Stisser is tied atop the LMU goals list after his free kick goal 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 had three shutouts on the season and has done an outstanding job of keeping the Lions in tight matches against ranked opponents. His three victories have come over ranked foes (#7 Harvard, #17 New Mexico and #23 Gonzaga) and he has been named to two all-tournament teams (Nike/TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational and LMU Invitational). Through 58 appearances, Lane has a 1.51 goals-against-average and has made 55 saves in 1371:59 minutes.

Wilkie Gives Offense Boost
Defender-turned forward Wilkie Johnson is beginning to find his footing as a striker, tying for the team lead with two goals. The sophomore has provided a big target up front for the Lions, linking up with Rafael Baca at Gonzaga and Portland, with each assisting on the other's goal. Johnson added his second goal of the year at #3 Santa Clara.

Maloney Makes it Happen
Junior Garrett Maloney scored his first goal of the season on Friday against #23 Gonzaga at Sullivan Field. His header snapped the Lions' nine-game losing streak and awarded them with their third win against a ranked opponent this season. He is now tied for second place on the team in goals, joining five of his LMU teammates.

Losing Streak Snapped!
LMU snapped its nine-match losing streak Friday against #23 Gonzaga, putting an end to the longest losing streak under Paul Krumpe and the longest in WCC play in school history. Although it was the longest losing streak under Coach Krumpe, the 2007 Lions still had a long way to go to set the school record for futility, as the LMU program once lost 15 consecutive matches in 1990. However, the 2007 Lions have tied the program record for most shutouts against in a season at 10, set in 1988.