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17th Ranked Dons Start Season With 1-0 Win at #11 Cal in WCC/Pac 10 Challenge

Aug. 25, 2006

The 17th ranked USF Dons opened the season by defeating #11 California 1-0 Friday afternoon in Berkeley in the first game of the WCC/Pac 10 Challenge.

The Dons only goal was an "own goal" in the 37th minute when a Cal defender deflected a hard low pass by USF's Adam Bergman into the net. The goal happened less than a minute after Bergman entered the contest.

USF started slowly and a diving save by Geremy Uhl on a clean breakaway by Chris Cortez midway through the first half, kept he score tied early. The Bears had the best of the play early, outshooting USF 6-3 before intermission, but USF held the Bears to just two shots after halftime.

"We started the game a little slowly," said Dons head coach Erik Visser. "Geremy made a big save for us and maybe swung the momentum a little. I thought we had the better chances after that. Arraon Chandler had a couple of chances in the second half that barely missed."

Cal outshot USF 8-7, but the Dons had a 4-2 advantage after intermission.

Geremy Uhl made five saves for his 19th career shutout. It was USF's first win over Cal since 2000.

Several players made debuts for USF, including junior college All-American Ardalan Attar, transfer Chris Rodd, and defender Tyler Ruthven. Ruthven's college debuit was watched by his family, including former Major League pitcher Dick Ruthven.

The Dons will host Stanford Sunday at 7:00 p.m. in the WCC/Pac 10 Challenge at Negoesco Stadium.

Soccer Game Summary (Final) The Automated ScoreBook #17 U. of San Francisco vs #11 California (Aug 25, 2006 at Berkeley, Calif.)

U. of San Francisco (1-0-0) vs. California (0-1-0) Date: Aug 25, 2006 Attendance: 357 Weather: partly sunny

Goals by period 1 2 Tot ------------------------------- U. of San Francisco. 1 0 - 1 California.......... 0 0 - 0

SCORING SUMMARY: 1. 36:27 USF OWN GOAL (unassisted) - OWN GOAL OFF CAL PLAYER

Shots: U. of San Francisco 7, California 8 Saves: U. of San Francisco 5 (Uhl, Geremy 5), California 1 (Justin Myers 1)