Nationally-ranked UCLA proved to be too much for the Loyola Marymount men’s soccer team, which dropped a 4-1 match to the No. 22 Bruins Oct. 20 in Westwood.

UCLA scored twice in each half, with Kris Fourcano tallying the only LMU goal in the 36th minute, his fourth of the year, assisted by Ryan Bishop. That made the score 2-1, but UCLA dominated thereafter, recording 17 shots to LMU’s four. Paul Lewis made four saves for the Lions.

LMU returns to Sullivan Field this weekend for West Coast Conference matches with Pacific on Oct. 26 and St. Mary’s on Oct. 28, then hosts San Diego on Nov. 4 and San Francisco on Nov. 10 to conclude the regular season.

Women’s soccer

In the annual PCH Cup matchup between Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine, the Lions (3-10-4, 1-4-1 WCC) took the lead in the first half before Pepperdine (9-6-1, 4-1-1) scored twice in the second half to take the game, 2-1.

Just 20 minutes into the game, freshman Jalyn Lupo executed one of her patented long throws into the box and connected with the head of junior Ali King for the first goal of King’s LMU career.

Pepperdine's offense awoke after the break, as Callista Reyes scored in the 69th and 74th minutes to take the lead. LMU’s Charlee Pruitt made all six of the game's saves.

This week, LMU travels north for matches at Portland (Oct. 26) and Gonzaga (Oct. 28) before ending its regular season at home Nov. 3 against BYU.

Women’s volleyball

A pair of straight-set road losses last weekend dropped the LMU women’s volleyball team to 5-5 in the WCC (15-6 overall).

On Oct. 18, the Lions fell to WCC leader BYU at Provo, 25-23, 25-15, 25-20, despite 16 kills from Sara Kovac and 12 from Savannah Slattery. Two days later, LMU was beaten down south by San Diego, 25-20, 25-21, 25-16.

LMU seeks to regroup at home this week, with matches at Gersten Pavilion against two teams which are both 1-9 in conference play: San Francisco (Oct. 25) and Santa Clara (Oct. 27). The Santa Clara match is “Pride in Pink Saturday,” benefitting the fight against breast cancer.

Mike Nelson is the former editor of The Tidings (predecessor of Angelus News).

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