Two more conference victories have left Loyola Marymount University’s men's soccer team in a first place tie with two matches remaining.
On Oct. 30, the Lions scored early and late in beating No. 23 San Diego 3-1, then posted their eighth shutout of the season three days later to beat Santa Clara 2-0. That makes LMU 10-4-3 overall and 5-0 in the West Coast Conference heading into its Nov. 9 match in Stockton against co-leader St. Mary’s, the country’s No. 11 team.
Last week’s results:
San Diego: Gerardo Lopez’s first goal of the season, assisted by Bastien Oberli, gave LMU a 1-0 lead just 3:38 into the game, and Oberli notched his third of the year in the 51st minute, assisted by Jack Sauls and Narciso Cervantes. After the Toreros cut the lead in half on a penalty kick in the 63rd minute, Duhaney Williams took a Dylan Shockey pass in the 79th minute and converted it for his fourth goal of the year to put the game out of reach.
Santa Clara: A Senior Night crowd at Sullivan Field saw the Lions maintain a share of first place in the WCC with St. Mary’s, breaking a scoreless tie early in the second half on Sauls’ third goal of the year, assisted by Noel Caliskan and Leo Zulli.
In the 86th minute, CJ Neville applied the clincher with his fourth goal of 2019, assisted by Zulli and Francis Avoce, and goalkeeper Jacob Jackson held the Broncos at bay throughout.
The LMU women’s soccer team fell 3-0 to No. 23 Santa Clara on Nov. 2, with former J.Serra High School star Isabel D’Aquila scoring the first two goals for the Broncos. D’Aquila, the two-time CIF-Southern Section player of the year, now has 13 goals in her freshman season for Santa Clara (11-5-2, overall, 5-0-2 WCC).
LMU (4-11-2, 3-4) has two matches remaining, Nov. 6 at home against Portland and Nov. 9 at BYU.