Men’s Soccer: Halfway to a Shared Title

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Mitchell Lobetos
Staff Writer

The Dons played their final game of the season last Saturday at home against Loyola Marymount University. Unfortunately for USF they finished the season with a 0-2 loss, bringing their overall record to 6-11-1 and a WCC record of 4-2-1.

Out of the gate the game had a relatively slow pace. After the first 27 minutes only three shots were produced, two by LMU and one by USF. The Lion’s Coral Cruz took a shot in the 16th minute swung wide left but her second attempt in the 28th minute found the back of the net. Akio Ohtake-Gordon made a cutting pass from the right wing into Cruz who converted his chance after finding himself ten yards out and one-on-one with USF goalkeeper Andre Glasnovic. LMU kept packing on the offensive pressure, San Francisco was only able to get off two shots in the first half. Before the first half whistle blew the Lions were able to find one more goal in the 42nd minute. After passes between Greg Antognoli and Maurice Morton one finally threaded through to John Bovill on the left side of the penalty box who shot it back across the face of goal and just inside the right post to get LMU’s second goal and his first goal of the season. Going into the second half San Francisco had to push back and swing momentum back to their favor if they wanted a chance to come back into the game. That’s exactly what they did, USF came out with an offensive mindset and reeled off five shots and three corner kicks in comparison to one corner kick. The Lions weren’t able to get a shot off in the second half until the 71st minute, one of their only two shots of the second half. Even with seven second half shots the Dons couldn’t bulge the back of the net and walked away from getting shutout 2-0.

Going into the game USF had a chance to own a share of the WCC title but they needed the win against LMU and a SCU win over USD. The Broncos shutout the Torreros but were unable to secure the second half to earn a share of the title. With San Francisco’s season now over the offseason begins. USF will take a break until next season but will be putting in plenty of prep work and keeping in shape to improve on what has been a disappointing over season. The Dons found success in WCC play but I’m sure overall they have things in mind they would like to improve and refine themselves on.

Photo courtesy of Sydney Abel

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