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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps 9-1

Sept. 1, 2006

Gonzaga vs. UMBC - postponed

Annapolis, Md - The Gonzaga University men's soccer match against University of Maryland-Baltimore County has been moved to Saturday, Sept. 2 due to inclement weather. The match, which is part of the Anders Navy Classic, will now be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. PST. The Zags are still slated to play Navy at noon on Sunday, as originally scheduled.

Portland - 0
Vermont - 0


PORTLAND, Ore. --- The Portland men's soccer team played 110 minutes of scoreless soccer for the second straight game as the Pilots tied the Vermont Catamounts 0-0 on the opening night of the 2006 Nike Invitational at Merlo Field at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex on Friday. The Pilots outshot Vermont 17-10, led by junior Michael Gavin's four shots. Portland moves to 0-0-2 on the season, while the Catamounts sit at 1-0-2.

UP senior keeper Luis Robles made eight saves for his second straight shutout and 19th career shutout. Portland tied third-ranked New Mexico 0-0 last Saturday.

Four minutes into the first overtime, Gavin nearly bagged the win for Portland. Gavin, who started the night at defender and later switched to midfielder, found himself unmarked after receiving a nifty back-heel pass from sophomore forward Alex Elliott, Gavin fired a shot towards the left post that found the chest of Vermont junior goalkeeper Roger Scully, who made the save.

Neither team seriously threatened the frame in the second extra period.

Portland had several opportunities in the second half as the Pilots repeatedly attacked the Vermont goal. On a failed clear by the Catamounts at the 60 minute mark, Gavin sent one towards the goal that was cleared off the line by a defender. UP junior forward Christopher Sanders was there to corral the rebound and attempt a shot, but Scully made the save off Sanders' foot.

Gavin had another quality look moments later. From the left wing, he rifled a shot towards the near post that a diving Scully got a hand on to force it out of bounds. On the ensuing Portland corner kick, UP freshman defender Logan Emory went high with a header, but again Scully made the save, this time leaping to make the grab.

Vermont countered and received a free kick in the 65th minute. Danny Broughan took a shot from 25 yards out that hit the left post after UP senior goalie Luis Robles dove and just got a hand on it.

The Pilots almost ended it on a shot from Elliott with just more than a minute remaining in regulation. After a nice run from midfield, freshman midfielder Collen Warner fed Elliott on the left wing. Elliott took a couple of touches before ripping a shot towards the far post. A diving Scully was able to knock down the shot and make the save.

Warner had both of Portland's quality opportunities in the first half. In the 17th minute, Warner ripped the first shot of the game from just inside the box that bounced off the crossbar. Warner had corralled a loose ball that was fed into the box by sophomore defender Bryan Irwin.

In the 28th minute, Warner again had a good look at the goal. Off a nice feed from the right wing by sophomore midfielder Leland Wright, Warner one-touched it towards the net, but Scully was there to make the save on the line drive.

Portland had five corner kicks to Vermont's three. Seven yellow cards were issued on the night, with four going to the Catamounts and three to Portland.

The 2006 Nike Invitational concludes with a pair of matches on Sunday. Washington faces Vermont at 12:00 p.m. on September 3, before Portland plays Air Force at 2:30 p.m. A tournament winner, an outstanding offensive player and an outstanding defensive player will be named following the Pilots' game against the Falcons.

Brown - 2
San Diego - 1


PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The University of San Diego Toreros men's soccer team (2-1-0) posted their first loss of the season as the Brown University Bears (1-0-0) defeated the Toreros 2-1.

The first goal of the match came in the 20th minute as the Bears had possession deep in Torero territory. Sophomore defender Rhett Bernstein put a header from five yards out past senior goalkeeper Lance Friesz as the bears took a 1-0 lead. Credit the assist to senior midfield Ian Premo.

The Toreros responded when in the 38th minute senior midfield Eric Pohl setup for a corner kick on the left side of the net. Pohl sent a ball sailing to senior forward Michael Caso who headed the ball past the goalie tying the match 1-1 going into halftime.

Both teams returned for the second half however it was Brown who took control of the match when in the 66th minute junior forward Kevin Davies had a break away ball charging the net. Friesz responded with a defensive attack leaving the net and blocking Davies first shot attempt. The ball rebounded directly back to Davies with Friesz on the ground, leaving Davies with an open net to score sealing their 2-1 victory.

For the Bears Bernstein finished with two shots and one goal. Davies finished with two shots and one goal. Premo finished with on assist. Andrew Daniels finished with a team high three shots on goal.

For San Diego, senior midfield Eric Pohl recorded an assist for the second game in a row and recording three shots. Senior forward Michael Caso took a team high five shots scoring the loan goal for the Toreros. Senior forward Ryan Guy also recorded three shots on goal. As a team, the Toreros out-shot the Bears 16-12.

San Diego continues their East Coast road trip with a match against the Providence College Friars on Sunday, September 3 at 8:30 a.m. PST.