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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps 9-2

Sept. 2, 2006

Loyola Marymount - 2
Marquette - 1

Los Angeles, Calif. - The #14 LMU men's soccer team thoroughly dominated Marquette for a 2-1 win in non-conference action this afternoon at Sullivan Field. The Lions did not allow a shot in the first half, and outshot the Golden Eagles 18-2 for the game. Defender Bobby Burling gave the Lions a quick lead in the seventh minute, and Brad Stisser put in the game-winner in the 75th minute. LMU improves to 2-1 on the season while Marquette drops its first game of the season and falls to 1-1-1.

LMU controlled the game from the start, taking a quick 1-0 lead at 6:10. Junior Adam Sloustcher fed the ball to Michael Ogletree on the outside in front of the Marquette bench. The right side defender launched a perfect ball to central defender Burling who was waiting inside the 18 yard box. The senior settled the ball with his leg before calmly slotting it past a charging Matt Pyzdrowski to put LMU ahead.

The Lions did not allow a single shot in the first half and took eight shots. The Golden Eagles came out of the halftime break more aggressive and were able to tie the game in the 56th minute. Dan Addis took the ball into the Lion defense and launched a low, hard shot from the top of the box to the far right corner. LMU goalkeeperMiguel Benitez dove for the ball, but could not stop it and the game was tied.

LMU had several close calls in the second half, but couldn't convert until the 75th minute. Sophomore Alex Proanocrossed a ball from the right side to David Niemeyer in the middle. The senior flicked the ball to the left side to Stisser who eluded the Marquette goalkeeper and launched a low hard shot to the far post to give the Lions a lead. That would be all they needed as Marquette managed just one more shot in the game.

For the second half, LMU outshot Marquette 10-2. Niemeyer led all players with four shots, while Stisser added three. Benitez did not make a save in his first action of the season, and Pyzdrowski made one save for Marquette.

LMU returns to action next weekend when they travel to the New England area for the second time in three weeks to participate in the Harvard Tournament. LMU will take on Rhode Island and the host Crimson.

Santa Clara - 2
Northwestern - 0

Irvine, Calif. - Peter Lowry and Jeff Cosgriff continued their scoring ways Saturday night as the No. 18 Santa Clara University men's soccer team remained unbeaten in 2006 with a 2-0 shutout of the Northwestern Wildcats at the UC Irvine College Classic. The Broncos jumped all over the Wildcats from the start and the defense limited NU to only three shots as the team posted its second shutout of the season.

SCU (2-0-1) concludes tournament action Monday morning as they battle the Niagara University Purple Eagles in an 11 a.m. match.

"It was good for us to come out real excited about playing and dictate the flow," said head coach Cameron Rast. "That's what we want to be able to do. Now it's about sustaining that and finding ways to play that way for an entire match. That's the part of developing over the course of a season."

The Broncos took seven shots in the first half, and in the first 20 minutes alone had opportunities to post multiple goals and put the match away. SCU still managed to find the net once in that span, as a penalty in the box led to Lowry converting on the ensuing penalty kick for what ended up being the game-winner.

Things slowed a bit in the second half as the Santa Clara defense locked down. SCU actually played the final 29 minutes of the game a man up on the Wildcats (2-1-0), as Northwestern's Daniel Pydo red-carded and sent off for a hard foul away from the ball at the 61:01 mark.

The Broncos took advantage of the situation in the 83rd minute, as Cosgriff got a hold of a bouncer in the box from Brian Martin and netted his second goal of the season from 14 yards out to seal the match.

"They put themselves in position to score goals and they are converting," Rast said of his younger players before singling out Cosgriff's goal. "We're pleased with Jeff at this point and want to continue to allow him to develop."

Joseph Buttitta made a save on the way to recording his second shutout of the season in being part of the stellar defensive outing.

Santa Clara will return home next weekend for a 7 p.m. match Friday, Sept. 8 at Buck Shaw Stadium against the Saint Louis Billikens.

Gonzaga - 2
UMBC - 2 (OT)

Annapolis, Md. - The Gonzaga University men's soccer team battled the University of Maryland Baltimore-County to a 2-2 tie Saturday as part of the Anders Navy Classic in Annapolis, Md. The match had been originally scheduled for Friday but was postponed due to heavy rains.

With the win, Gonzaga moves to 1-1-1 for the season.

Gonzaga got on the board at the 34:26 mark when Chris Hoyd sailed the ball into the net from 10 yards out after it had been deflected following a corner kick by Ben Funkhouser.

UMBC (1-1-1 overall) responded eight minutes later to knot the match at 1-1. Kevin Mezzadra scored the goal with a header from five yards out after connecting with a pass from Bryan Moffa.

The Bulldogs regained the lead in the 64th minute, George Josten dribbled through the Retriever defense near the middle of the pitch before, getting it past the goalie, Steve King, from 10 yards out.

The Retrievers tied the game for good at 82:32 when Mezzadra scored his second goal of the afternoon from 10 yards out.

Gonzaga maintained a large advantage on shots through out the game. Overall, GU held the 23-9 advantage, including an 11-3 advantage in the second half. GU also held a 12-5 advantage on corner kicks.

The Zags will return to the pitch Sunday when they face host Navy in the final game of the Anders Navy Classic. The match time is scheduled for 9 a.m. PST.

Marquette - 1
Saint Mary's - 0 (2OT)

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's men's soccer team dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to Cal Poly Saturday afternoon from Garaventa Field. It took one and a half overtimes to sort things out but in the end the Gaels fell just short. After the loss, SMC falls to 1-2-1 on the season while Cal Poly improves to 1-1-1.

With a little more than five minutes remaining in the second and final overtime, the Mustangs were able to find the back of the net and spoil SMC's home opener. Jose Garcia found room on the right side of the box and then combined with Julian Alvarez for a quick one-two combination that Garcia was able to bury far post.

For the second consecutive game the Gaels out-shot their opponent this time 9-8. SMC held Cal Poly to only one shot in the opening half but then both teams rallied off six in the second frame.

Senior midfielder Corey Watts led the Gaels with three shots while seniorMatthew Fitzgerald followed with two. Alvarez and Dominic Papa each tallied two shots to lead the Mustangs.

Eric Branagan-Franco recorded the victory for Cal Poly on the strength of his second shutout on the year. Brian Mason was tagged with the loss after tallying four saves and allowing one goal in 104 minutes.

Saint Mary's will return to action when it hosts the Saint Mary's Classic. SMC will open its tournament play against Bowling Green on Friday, September 8 at 4 p.m. from Garaventa Field.