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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 2, 2007

Gonzaga - 1
UC Santa Barbara - 0

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Gonzaga University senior Grant Lundberg scored the only goal of the match at 81:35 Sunday as the Bulldogs defeated defending College Cup champion UC Santa Barbara 1-0 at Maloney Field.

The Bulldogs evened their record at 1-1-0 after dropping a season-opening 1-0 verdict Friday at UC Irvine.

Lundberg, a graduate of Lewis and Clark High, scored his 10th career goal in giving the Bulldogs their inaugural win over a defending national champion. The Bulldogs lost at UCLA 1-0 on Sept. 17, 1998, the season following the Bruins' 22-2 national championship season. Sunday was the third time the Bulldogs have played a top-ranked team - UCSB was ranked No. 1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA)/adidas pre-season poll. In 1999 Gonzaga bested top-ranked Creighton University 1-0 Sept. 26 at the Blue Jays Diadora Classic, then two weeks later fell 1-0 at No. 1 Santa Clara University in a West Coast Conference match on Oct. 8.

Lundberg's goal was shot to the left side inside the left post from 15 yards. George Josten, a Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate, got the assist, the 11th of his career and the first point of the season for the two-time defending West Coast Conference scoring champion. His 11 assists tie him for seventh on the Gonzaga career charts.

After thwarting a Gaucho offensive push, Bulldog midfielder John Palladino carried the ball upfield on the right side and played it to his left for Josten. UCSB defender Martin Hedevag cut off Josten's angle towards the goal and got a foot on the ball, but it ricocheted directly to Lundberg, who was trailing the play on the left. All alone in front of Gaucho keeper Bryant Rueckner, Lundberg slipped a low shot past him.

UCSB had a great shot at equalizing on the ensuing possession when senior forward Andrew Proctor slipped the ball through the Gonzaga backline in the box. He found a streaking Perera to his left, but the Bulldog defense recovered to clear the ball off the goal line and preserve the victory.

Senior keeper Vito Higgins picked up his ninth career shutout in making five saves, including three in the second half. The Gauchos outshot Gonzaga 19-8 and had a 13-5 shots advantage in the second half.

The Bulldogs will make their regular-season debut at home on Friday when cross-state rival University of Washington visits Martin Field for a 4 p.m. contest. The Bulldog women open the in-state double-header by hosting Washington State University at 2 p.m.

Portland - 3
New Hampshire - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. - Junior forward Alex Elliott scored a goal and handed out an assist as the Portland Pilots shutout the New Hampshire Wildcats 3-0 on the final day of the 2007 Nike Invitational at Merlo Field on Sunday. UP freshman goalkeeper Austin Guerrero made three saves to record his first collegiate shutout.

The Pilots scored one goal in the first half and two more in the second to even their record at 1-1-0. New Hampshire opens the season at 0-1-1.

The Washington Huskies tied New Hampshire on Friday and defeated Cal State Bakersfield 5-1 on Sunday to claim the tournament's team title. UW's Kevin Forrest had a hat trick against the Roadrunners and was named the tournament's most outstanding offensive player. He finished the weekend with three goals and an assist.

Bakersfield's keeper Steve Trojanowski made 18 saves against the Pilots on Friday and was named the tournament's most outstanding defensive player. Portland peppered Trojanowski with 31 shots during a 2-1 Bakersfield win.

Portland had no problem finding the net against the Wildcats on Sunday. In the 31st minute, sophomore midfielder Collen Warner re-directed a cross from senior defender Jeff Griffin into the top shelf to give Portland the 1-nil advantage. It's the first goal this season for Warner, while Griffin has two assists in two games.

The score remained 1-0 until the 56th minute in the second half. Junior forward Bryan Irwin sent a pass up route one that found Elliott alone behind the defense. In a one-v-one opportunity with UNH keeper Mike Jenne, Elliott made a move to the right before going far post with a low shot. His first strike of 2007 made it 2-0 in Portland's favor. Elliott led the Pilots and finished second in the West Coast Conference last season with nine goals.

Elliott had a hand in Portland's third goal as well. His cross from the right corner in the 70th minute went through a defender's legs before settling at the feet of freshman forward Ryan Luke. Luke was unmarked in the middle of the 18-yard box allowing him to bury a shot in the back of the net. It's the first collegiate goal for Luke.

New Hampshire never seriously threatened the net for much of the game. The Wildcats had their best shot in the 73rd minute. Trailing 3-nil, Derek Bragg nearly cut the deficit to two when he cracked a shot from 30 yards out. The attempt hit the cross bar and bounced out of bounds.

Portland outshot New Hampshire 9-5 and held an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks. Both teams had three shots on goal.

The Pilots next travel to Northern California to partake in the Copa de Causeway. Portland faces Sacramento State in Sacramento on Friday before traveling to Davis to battle UC Davis on Sunday.

San Francisco - 3
Alabama A&M - 2

San Francisco - USF got a pair of goals from freshman forward Jeff Penna, including the game-winner at the 100:29 mark in the first overtime period, downing Alabama A&M 3-2 Sunday afternoon at Negoesco Stadium. The Dons (1-1-0) collect their inaugural win of the season at the expense of the Bulldogs (0-2-0) who dropped a 3-2 contest at No. 5 Santa Clara Friday night.

Rebounding after a shutout loss in the 2007 season opener against Vermont, San Francisco's offense clicked. The Dons held a 18-15 shot advantage, including a 10-5 edge after halftime, and a 10-2 lead in corner kicks.

Freshman forward Conor Chinn got USF on the scoreboard first at the 33:11 mark off assists from senior forward Brandon McDonald and freshman forward Rafai Eddy. Chinn collided with Bulldogs keeper Paul Musoke, but recovered to send the ball to the back of the net for the fifth time in his career.

Alabama A&M countered on a controversial tally less than three minutes later at 35:24 by MfanaFuthi Bhembe, who appeared to be offside.

Penna gave USF the advantage once again at 59:49 taking a cross from the right flank from senior midfielder Daniel DeGeer and sent it left past a diving Musoke for the 2-1 edge.

Mosito Ranko countered with a perfectly placed scoring strike to the upper corner to deadlock the contest at 2-2 at 82:43.

Once in overtime, the Bulldogs shot first, but the Dons scored last as Chinn set up Penna for the game-winner.

"I think we are very fortunate to win this game," USF head coach Erik Visser said. "We have a long way to go if we want to compete with the elite teams coming up on our schedule."

Senior goalkeeper Jeremy Coupe (1-0-0) recorded his first victory in the Green and Gold after transferring from Cal Poly, posting seven saves. Musoke (0-2-0) suffered the loss and recorded six saves.

USF returns to action when it hosts ancient Bay Area rival San Jose State Sunday, September 9. Kick-off against the Spartans is set for 7:00 PM at Negoesco Stadium.

Santa Clara - 2
Vermont - 0

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - On a hot Sunday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium, the No. 5 Santa Clara Broncos got out to an early lead and cruised to a 2-0 victory over the Vermont Catamounts. With game-time temperatures reaching 94 degrees, senior captain Peter Lowry and Jide Ogunbiyi scored early first-half goals to give SCU its second straight win to open the season. Junior Joseph Buttitta made two saves to record his first shutout of the season.

Lowry got the Broncos started in the 12th minute with a perfectly placed header at the back post. Ogunbiyi, making his first start of the year, set the play up after receiving a pass in the box. He held off his defender and sent a pass out wide to redshirt freshman Kellen Wantulok. Wantulok drove a perfectly weighted ball to the far post for Lowry, who calmly lofted a header over Vermont goalkeeper Tom Critz. The goal was the 15th of Lowry's career, putting him within five goals of the program's Top 10 goalscorers.

Nine minutes later, Ogunbiyi scored on a very similar play with Wantulok again serving as the catalyst. Freshman Jalil Anibaba sent a diagonal ball to the left wing for Wantulok, who drove another great ball into the heart of the penalty box. Ogunbiyi out-leaped his defender and nodded the ball past Critz into the back of the net.

Senior Jamil Roberts kept the Broncos advantage at two goals with a spectacular goal-line save in 13 minutes into the second half. Vermont's Jordan Crasilneck got behind the defense and had only Bronco goalkeeper Joseph Buttitta to beat. He fired a low shot that deflected off Buttitta and was headed for the far corner. Roberts recovered quickly and slid at the last second to knock the ball off the line and out for a throw in.

With the heat slowing the game down in the latter stages of the match, neither team could produce many more clear-cut scoring opportunities. The Broncos used their possession game to keep Vermont at bay until the final whistle.

Santa Clara heads to the East Coast for its next two matches, as the Broncos face Brown and Boston University in the Brown adidas Classic on Sept. 7 and 9 in Providence, R.I. SCU takes on Brown on Friday, Sept. 7 at 4:30 p.m. PT and then plays Boston University at 9:30 a.m. PT on Sunday, Sept. 9. Stay connected to SantaClaraBroncos.com for full coverage of both matches.

Charlotte - 2
Saint Mary's - 1

Davidson, NC - Chris Salvaggione scored the game winning goal with 25 seconds left in regulation to give the UNC-Charlotte 49ers a 2-1 win over the Saint Mary's men's soccer team in the Davidson adidas Classic from Alumni Stadium. The loss drops the Gaels record to 1-1-0 while Charlotte improved to 1-1-0 on the season.

Saint Mary's freshman forward Nick Cashmere received his second yellow card of the game at the 20:52 mark of the contest, which left the Gaels playing a man down for the final 69 minutes of the contest. The Gaels responded with a strong effort from its nine field players, but could not pull out a positive result in the end.

The Gaels and 49ers finished the first half tied at 0-0, as Charlotte out shot SMC 8-2 over the first 45 minutes. In the second half, Charlotte took a 1-0 lead when Graham Tatters fired a shot past SMC goalkeeper Brian Mason. Tatters took a pass from Josh Norwood and let a shot go from 30 yards out and beat Mason to the low left post at the 57:27 mark.

Saint Mary's answered eight minutes later when David Blanchard drilled a shot past Charlotte goalkeeper David Martin. The shot from Blanchard came from 25 yards about and beat a diving Martin to the low right post. Brian VanDoornick and Erik Robert were credited with assists on the Blanchard goal.

Salvaggione's goal found the back of the net at the 89:35 mark. Tyler Duncan served a ball into the Gaels defense, and as SMC keeper Mason came off his line to make a play on the ball, Salvaggione got to the ball first, and headed a shot ball over Mason and into the open goal. Mason finished the game with two saves. The Gaels were out shot 18-8 overall in the game.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Saturday, September 8 when the Gaels host the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners. The game between SMC and the Roadrunners will kick-off at 2 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium.