MLS Game Summary - Los Angeles at Columbus|
(Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Columbus 2, Los Angeles 0
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - The Columbus Crew improved to an almost
perfect 9-0-4 at Crew Stadium this season with a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles
Galaxy in Major League Soccer action on Saturday night.
Eddie Gaven and Steven Lenhart scored goals on each side of the half and Will
Hesmer made three saves to earn the clean sheet to lead the home side to
With the win, Columbus (12-4-10) widens its gap atop the league's overall
table to three points over Houston, which has played an extra game. The Crew
are now just seven points from clinching their second straight Supporter's
Shield as MLS's regular season champion.
The Crew went up 1-0 in the game in the 33rd minute when Eddie Gaven headed
home an Emmanuel Ekpo service. Ekpo controlled the ball in the offensive third
and played a ball to the right side of the L.A. penalty area to Gaven, who
skied above a defender and headed the ball back against the grain off the far
post and in. The goal was Gaven's sixth of the season.
That was how the score stayed until just before the hour mark when Emilio
Renteria drove into the L.A. penalty area, deked around defender Omar Gonzalez
and fired a shot on goal. Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts got a hand on the ball
to knock it away, but Crew attacker Steven Lenhart pounced on the rebound and
slammed it home to make it 2-0. It was Lenhart's third goal of the season.
The Crew will try to continue to gear up for the playoffs when they host
Seattle next Saturday, while L.A. will try to rebound vs./ Chicago on Friday
in its next league fixture.
09/26 21:58:36 ET