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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps - 8/27

Aug. 27, 2006

Saint Mary's - 2
Wright State - 1

Fairborn, OH - Saint Mary's sophomore forward Carlos Diaz tallied his second goal in as many games, this one being a game winner that handed Saint Mary's a 2-1 victory over Wright State Sunday afternoon from Alumni Field. The win marks the first of the season for the Gaels and a career first for first-year head coach Adam Cooper.

With the score tied at one, Diaz again found the back of the net for the second time in two games. The crafty striker beat Wright State goalkeeper Tebias Mason on a one-on-one shot near post in the 68th minute to give SMC the lead for good.

Down one after the half, senior midfielder Matthew Fitzgerald netted the equalizer in the 59th minute. Fitzgerald eluded the Raider defense and beat Mason on a one-on-one breakaway.

Wright State broke the silence and got on the board first when Braden Fleak connected on a one-touch finish from five yards out. Jonah Baskin and Kwaku Gyimah set up the play.

The Gaels were effective on their shots as they tallied two goals on only six shots. Fitzgerald led the way for SMC with two shots. The Raiders racked off 14 and were led by Tony Labudovski's four shots.

SMC goalkeeper Brian Mason allowed one goal and made five saves for the second consecutive game. WSU's Mason allowed two goals and tallied two saves.

The Gaels finished second in the Wright State adidas cup, tallying a 1-0-1 record. Butler took home the cup title on goal differential.

Diaz, Fitzgerald and junior midfielder Jason Stanwood were named to the all-tournament team.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Thursday, August 31 when the Gaels continue on the road to face San Jose State. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. from Spartan Stadium.

San Diego - 4
Albany - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif - The University of San Diego men's soccer team (2-0-0) finished this weekends opening homestand with their second shutout in a row as they defeated the University at Albany Great Danes (0-2-0) 4-0 Sunday afternoon at Torero Stadium.

Of the 22 players that saw action for San Diego, 12 different athletes took shots on the Great Danes goalkeeper. USD tallied a total of 26 shots, 14 of which were shots on goal.

San Diego's first goal came in the 4th minute, and for the second match in a row, it was an own goal. A Great Danes defender passed back towards the goalkeeper which went wide and rolled into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Control over the match went back and forth for the remainder of the first half, however the period ended at 1-0 in favor of the Toreros.

In the 69th minute, senior midfield Eric Pohl dribbled the ball to the top of the penalty box passing to freshman midfield Ciaran O'Brien waiting on the right side of the penalty box. O'Brien lofted a pass into the center to senior forward Ryan Guy at the top of the goalie box. Guy fired off a shot to the left side of the net for a 2-0 lead and his first goal of the season. Credit an assist to Pohl and O'Brien.

In the 83rd minute, Pohl was on the right side of the penalty box taking a free kick from a foul on the Great Danes. Pohl centered a high shot to the far side of the net to freshman midfield Mike Barbeito who put a header past the Albany goalkeeper to score his first career goal as a Torero and lift San Diego to a 3-0 lead.

The final goal came less than a minute later in the 84th minute as junior midfield Tannen Wels found open space in the penalty box dribbling past a defender and taking a shot from 18 yards out scoring his first goal of the season sealing a 4-0 victory.

For the Great Danes defender Brian Gordon recorded one shot against San Diego as well as forward Gaby Seguin-Gauthier took one shot. Forward Yan Gbolo recorded one shot on goal. Starting goalkeeper Steward Ceus played 82 minutes and recorded two goals against and nine saves. Goalkeeper Alex Kuritzky came in for eight minutes and recorded two goals against and one save. The Danes took a total of three shots, recorded 10 saves, and had 11 fouls.

For the Toreros, Wels recorded one goal and two shots. Guy tallied one goal and three shots. O'Brien posted one assist and two shots. Pohl finished with two assists and three shots. Barbeito recorded one goal and one shot. Senior goalkeeper Lance Friesz played 78 minutes and recorded one save. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelin Briones saw 12 minutes of playing time and recorded no stats. The Toreros as a team took nine corner kicks and finished with 11 fouls.

The University of San Diego travel back to the East Coast for their first road trip. They will face the Bears of Brown University on Friday, September 1 at 4:30 p.m. (PST) followed by the Providence College Friars on Sunday, September 3 at 8:30 a.m. (PST).

San Francisco - 2
Stanford - 0

San Francisco, CA - Junior College All-American Ardalan Attar scored in the first half and junior Adam Bergman scored in the second half to pace 17th ranked USF to a 2-0 victory over Stanford Sunday night at Negoesco Stadium in the WCC/Pac-10 Challenge.

The Dons (2-0) , playing their first home game of the season, took the lead on a combination started by senior Matt Languis. Languis looped a free kick into the penalty box where Bergman headed the ball to Attar who scored from close range at 32:28.

The Dons, who play at San Jose State Sunday, scored the insurance goal at 79:51 when Aaron Chandler passed the ball to a streaking Bergman who beat Stanford goalkeeper John Moore in a one-on-one situation.

USF won the Bay Area Challenge with a 2-0 mark, with wins over Cal and Stanford. Santa Clara was 1-0-1 after tying California Sunday night.

USF goalkeeper Geremy Uhl recorded his 20th career shutout and second in two games this season, making just one save.

Stanford, dropped to 0-2 on the year, after opening the WCC/Pac 10 Challenge losing to Santa Clara on a Broncos' penalty kick, 1-0.

"I thought we played a real solid game," said two-time defending WCC Coach of the Year Erik Visser. "Stanford has a solid defense but we used patience to score our two goals. Our defense has been really good over the first two games, led by goalkeeper Geremy Uhl."

USF plays six straight games on the road starting Sunday at San Jose State. The Dons then visit nationally ranked Penn State's tournament and play at Cal State Northridge and UCLA before opening WCC play at St. Mary's. They return home to face Santa Clara on September 27th.

Santa Clara - 1
California - 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara-Cal men's soccer rivalry is starting to heat up these days, especially after the two teams battled it out once more Sunday night at Buck Shaw Stadium, ending in a 1-1 stalemate after 110 minutes of furious action. Following the equalizer by Jeff Cosgriff in the 39th minute, the two squads engaged in a bruising, scoreless affair for the final 71 minutes.

SCU now heads down south next weekend for the UC Irvine Challenge, as the team faces off against Northwestern at 5 p.m. Saturday evening before closing out tournament play with an 11 a.m. Labor Day engagement against Niagra.

In such an evenly-matched contest (the shots were 14-13 in favor of SCU) timely breaks tend to decide the outcome, and Sunday night's affair was no different, as each team saw a few major opportunities go for naught due to either a nice save, a strategically-placed crossbar (or post), or about a single square inch of the ball not getting over the goal line.

"It's early in the season and I think we played fairly well at times," said head coach Cam Rast. "Cal is a good team, but I think we created enough opportunities to probably win the game. Its just a good game for us to battle through and see what an overtime game is like and we'll just have to continue to work from here to get a little bit sharper."

Cal got on the board first in the 12th minute as Chris Cortez headed in a well-placed corner kick from Nick Hatzke, the Golden Bear brother of current Bronco Matt Hatzke. Yet the Broncos battled back, finding the next gear later in the half. This effort culminated in a fortunate mixture of skill, precision, and simply being in the right place at the right time.

Keith DeVey got around his defender on the right side and whistled a bullet on net, only to have it carom right into the center of the box and to the foot of Cosgriff. The San Bruno native simply struck a soft line drive into the open net from about 15 yards out to knot things up at 1-1.

The Broncos got their next best chance in the 70th minute, when Brian Martin walked in and blasted a shot right into the chest of Cal netminder Stefan Frei. The richochet came right back to Martin, who nudged the ball past Frei and seemingly heading into an open net.

But Frei scrambled to his feet and dove towards the line, somehow preventing the ball from completely going over the line.

Amaechi Igwe had a chance to tie it a minute later but was stopped, while it would take a little longer for the Golden Bears to level a fright of their own.

"I think we had some good chances to score, and those are the opportunities you want in these games," said Rast. "Then its just up to the players to finish it, to execute and make the play. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't, especially early in the season, but I'm optimistic about it."

That came in the 96th minute, when Cal's Javier Ayala-Hill gathered up a pass and tried to go top-shelf from about 10 yards out. Ayala-Hill put everything behind the shot, but it caught the bottom half of the crossbar on and upward plane. As a result, the ball bounced straight down about a foot and a half in front of the goal line, and the Broncos scrambled to clear.

From there the two worn-down squads spent the second overtime period looking for that second wind, but none was forthcoming. It was just like the 2005 NCAA Tournament match the two squads played in Berkeley, yet this time a shootout wouldn't decide it. In the end, just another rematch to look forward to.

UC Davis - 4
Gonzaga - 0

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University was unable to grab the momentum early and UC Davis parlayed a pair of first-half goals into a 4-0 non-conference men's soccer victory Sunday at Martin Field in front of 600 fans.

The Aggies, blanked 5-0 in their season opener at the University of Washington on Friday, carried the play for the first 10 minutes of the match, taking a 1-0 lead on an opportunistic play as the result of some Bulldog misfortune.

Dan Campbell's throw-in was caught then dropped by Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins, and senior Mariano Arrua was in position near the right post and was able to get a knee on the ball and tap it past Higgins at 8:46.

The Aggies took a 2-0 lead into halftime when Paul Marcoux scored his first of two goals at 42:41, getting a through ball from Chris Leer and going in on a breakaway on the right side.

Gonzaga, which had opened the regular season with a 4-1 home victory over UNLV on Friday, had a couple of excellent chances in the first half but couldn't capitalize. The first came in the 31st minute when John Palladino free kick was tipped over the crossbar by UC Davis keeper Charles Warne. The second came just one minute later when George Josten hit the left post.

The visitors scored the backbreaking goal at 53:02, Marcoux collecting his second of the match on a scissor kick from 12 yards straightaway off a cross from Arrua. Gonzaga had another kick by Palladino two minutes later, but Warne made the save.

The final goal came at 66:41 when Warne kicked the ball downfield, it was headed by Dylan Curtis just past midfield and Quincy Amarikwa was able to get through the Gonzaga defense for a shot from 15 yards.

Gonzaga had a chance to avoid the shutout at 73:36, but Warne knocked away George Josten's penalty kick,

"I knew this would be a tough match," Gonzaga head coach Einar Thorarinsson said. "They are a good team. Friday's result was not an indication of how good they are. We were just a step slow today, especially in the first 10 minutes."

The Bulldogs will begin a stretch of seven straight road matches this week, Gonzaga not returning to Martin Field until Oct. 6. The Bulldogs will be in Annapolis, Md., this weekend for the Anders Navy Classic on Friday and Sunday. Gonzaga meets the University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Friday at host Navy on Sunday.