Bears Fall To No. 11 Lions 1-0
BERKELEY – The California men's soccer team played 11th-ranked Loyola Marymount to a standstill for most of Friday's match at Edwards Stadium, but a late strike by the Lions' Narcisco Cervantes meant a 1-0 loss for the Golden Bears.
Cal's record fell to 2-5-1 after the nonconference game, while LMU improved to 8-0-1.
Cal goalkeeper Collin Travasos made two saves, both in the second half, when LMU outshot the Bears, 14-5.
At 81:50, LMU's Leo Zulli and Steven Anderson assisted on the goal by Cervantes, whose sliding shot finally beat Cal's staunch defense.
Wyatt Meyer had Cal's last best chance, firing a rocket from the top of the box that LMU goalie Jacob Jackson saved in the 88th minute.
"Overall, we were heading into the 82nd minute, 0-0, and felt we had a chance to win," Cal head coach Kevin Grimes said. "Give them credit for finding a way to score in a tight game."
The Bears return to Pac-12 Conference action when they play at Stanford on Oct. 3 at 5 p.m. in the Big Clasico, which will be broadcast by the Pac-12 Networks.