Northwestern 2, Loyola Marymount 0
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Oct. 21, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Northwestern's men's soccer scored one goal in each half to leap over the Loyola Marymount Lions Friday, 2-0. Brad North (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) and Kevin Earnest (Lombard, Ill./Benet Academy) tallied goals for the Wildcats, while goalkeeper Misha Rosenthal (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) notched his third shutout of the season.
Northwestern struck first a little over 18 minutes into the match. Eric Brin (Westlake, Calif./Westlake) found North in the LMU box, and North sent it home for his seventh goal of the season.
The two teams went into halftime evently matched statistically, but Northwestern held the 1-0 lead.
The Wildcats lit up the scoreboard again just eight minutes into the second stanza. Gerardo Alvarez (Aurora, Ill./Marmion Academy) and Alexander Renzi (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) teamed up to find Earnest nearly ten yards out in front of the LMU cage. Earnest sent the ball past the LMU keeper for his second score of the season.
"This was a very good win for us," head coach Tim Lenahan said. "It's hard to win on the road, especially against a quality opponent like Loyola Marymount. They're very good at knocking the ball around and maintaining possession, but we were able to counter and get two great finishes. We were very good defensively, Jaro Pylypczak (Lombard, Ill./Benet Academy) and Brad Napper (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) were all over the field," Lenahan said.
Northwestern improves to 8-4-1 overall with the win, and hasn't dropped a match since Oct. 7.
Northwestern posted the important numbers on the scoreboard, but LMU did enjoy a 13-7 shot advantage as well as a 5-4 corner kick advantage.
Northwestern will return to action at Noon Sunday, Oct. 23 at Princeton.