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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 5, 2008

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

September 5
5 Wisconsin def. Santa Clara 1 - 0
Loyola Marymount def. Cal Poly 1 - 0
6 Houston Baptist def. Saint Mary's 1 - 0
7 Creighton def. Portland 3 - 0
8 San Diego def. Albany 3 - 0

September 7
5 Santa Clara def. Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2 - 1
Gonzaga ties Oregon State 0 - 0
8 Michigan ties San Diego 1 - 1
UC Santa Barbara def. Loyola Marymount 3 - 1
7 St. Louis def. Portland 5 - 1
6 UC Irvine def. Saint Mary's 3 - 2

5 Wisconsin Invitational (Madison, WI); 6 Saint Mary'sTournament (Moraga, CA); 7 Creighton Invitational (Omaha, NE); 8 SaDiego Classic (San Diego, CA)

SUNDAY'S RECAPS

Santa Clara - 2
UW-Milwaukee - 1

MADISON, Wis. - Freshman Mykell Bates scored the game-winning goal Sunday afternoon to give the No. 12 Santa Clara men's soccer to its first win of the season. The Broncos defeated UW-Milwaukee, 2-1, in their final match of the Middleton Sports & Fitness Invitational in Madison, Wis.

The match was tied 1-1 and seemed set to head into extra minutes, but Bates goal at 88:48 and the Broncos defense in the final minute sealed the deal for Santa Clara. The Roseville, Calif., native received the ball about 30 yards out from a free kick by junior Jeff Cosgriff. With a diving header attempt, Bates sent the ball to the inside far post.

The Panthers tried to knot the score again at 89:21 but Evan Bartzis' shot was perfectly placed into the hands of Bronco keeper Kevin Klasila. Klasila played all 90 minutes in goal for the Broncos, registering two saves.

The first half was slow for both teams as the Broncos took seven shots to the Panthers' two. However, in the second half, Santa Clara out-shot Milwaukee 12-4. SCU also held a huge edge in corner kicks against Milwaukee, 11-1.

Senior Brian Martin got the scoring started for the Broncos in the 19th minute. Santa Clara sent a ball up the field and it was played into the right side of the box. Panthers' keeper Grant Fernstrum came off his line to make a play on it, but was called for a foul on his diving attempt at collecting the loose ball. Martin scored his second goal of the season as he netted the PK for the 1-0 lead.

Martin tried again to give Santa Clara a 2-0 advantage just 25 seconds later, but he shot went wide.

Returning in the second half, the Broncos continued to pepper the Panthers' defense. In the 66th minute, Milwaukee took control of the ball. A header at 67:47 by Eric Frazier was blocked by the SCU defense, but 30 seconds later Frazier connected with Bartzis to even the score, 1-1. Bartzis received the ball off a throw-in from the near sideline and headed it in at 68:18.

The game was held scoreless for 20 minutes, but Santa Clara attempted to complete six more opportunities to take the lead before Bates' goal.

The Broncos, who took second place in the tournament, had three players named to the all-tournament team. Cosgriff, Bates and sophomore Jalil Anibaba earned the honor this weekend. Anibaba was also named the tournament's Defensive MVP.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Taylor Waspi, Wisconsin
Scott Lorenz, Wisconsin
Pablo Delgado, Wisconsin
Brandon Miller, Wisconsin
Jeff Cosgriff, Santa Clara
Jalil Anibaba, Santa Clara
Mykell Bates, Santa Clara
Eric Frazier, UW-Milwaukee
Grant Fernstrum, UW-Milwaukee
Alex Torda, Dayton
Zach Weiss, Dayton

OFFENSIVE MVP: Pablo Delgado, Wisconsin
DEFENSIVE MVP: Jalil Anibaba, Santa Clara

Santa Clara opens its 2008 home schedule on Friday, Sept. 12 against the University of California - Berkeley. Game time between the Broncos and Bears in the adidas Challenge is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the newly renovated Buck Shaw Stadium. For tickets, please call 408-554-4660.

Gonzaga - 0
Oregon State - 0

CORVALLIS, Ore. - For the fourth straight season Gonzaga University will have a 0-0 tie on its record after the Bulldogs and Oregon State University battled to a scoreless deadlock Sunday in the Stephen Hensor/Joe Zaher Memorial Diadora Classic hosted by the Beavers.

Junior keeper Scott Barnum, a transfer from Spokane's Whitworth College, recorded the shutout in his first start as a Bulldog (0-1-1). The Beavers (1-2-1) were blanked for the third time in four regular-season matches. The Zags and OSU have one other scoreless match to their credit in 1998 at Gonzaga. Sunday's tie was the first between the teams in Corvallis and the third in the overall series the Beavers lead 16-7-3.

Both teams had first-half scoring opportunities denied by the keepers. Gonzaga's Ben Funkouser was thwarted on a diving save by Miller, and OSU's Robby Christner, who had a hat trick in Friday's 5-0 win over Howard University, had a shot ticketed for the upper right corner swatted away by Barnum. Christner set a NCAA record Friday for the quickest back-to-back goals by one player when he scored eight seconds apart.

Late in the first overtime, Gonzaga's Tye Perdido sent a pass to Collin Harrison inside the 6-yard box and Harrison's shot sailed high and wide.

Barnum, who has been rehabilitating a shoulder injury much of the fall campaign, made seven saves, while Miller had five on the OSU nets. The Beavers held a 15-11 shots advantage, including a 10-4 first-half edge. Funkhouser had six of Gonzaga's 11 shots and three of the Bulldogs five shots-on-goal.

The Bulldogs will head to Las Vegas, Nev., next weekend to compete in the UNLV Nike Invitational. Gonzaga will face host UNLV Friday and UC Riverside Sunday. The Bulldogs will make their home debut Sept. 19-21 in the Gonzaga NIKE Soccer Classic.

San Diego - 1
Michigan - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego held onto a 1-1 tie that went into double overtime against the University of Michigan Wolverines Sunday afternoon at Torero Stadium.

Both teams spent the opening minutes of the first half with caution. Michigan's first attempt on goal came in the 19th minute when they lined up a foul shot 25 yards out in front of USD's goal. The Toreros wall deflected the shot and goalie Tommy McClain collected the ball for the save.

Michigan had another chance to score and capitalized on the opportunity in the 26th minute. Forward Jake Stacy had the ball in USD territory. McClain charged to intercept the cross, however Matt Schmitt connected with a diving header right into the center net as the Wolverines took a 1-0 lead.

San Diego tallied the equalizer in the 53rd minute when freshman Cory Norris streaked up the field and sent in a pass across and into the penalty box. His pass connected with Kyle Ochoa who fired off a shot past Michigan keeper Patrick Sperry knotting it up 1-1.

Regulation ended with a tie as both teams prepared for overtime. San Diego had one solid opportunity with one minute left when Michigan was awarded a yellow card caution just outside the penalty box. The foul shot however was off target and the match went into a second overtime.

In the 104th minute, San Diego freshman Stephen Posa dribbled down the field and fired off a rocket that just high of the cross bar. Michigan had a good look a few minutes later on a corner kick which was headed but off target. The match ended at 1-1.

Michigan out shot San Diego 12-5 in the match. San Diego recorded 16 fouls to Michigan's 12. Tommy McClain had seven saves overall in the match. The Wolverines slide to 2-0-1 while the Toreros move to 0-2-2 on the season.

San Diego will hit the road next week when they travel to UCLA to take on the University of Indiana at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 14 at 2:00 p.m.

UCSB - 3
Loyola Marymount - 1

Los Angeles, CA - LMU's unbeaten streak to start the season and unblemished mark against ranked teams both ended Sunday when seventh-ranked UC Santa Barbara scored twice in the final seven minutes to hand the Lions a 3-1 loss at Sullivan Field. The Lions (1-1-2) got on the board first but the Gauchos (3-0-0) replied with three goals to dash the home team's upset hopes.

LMU entered the game with one win and two ties against ranked teams this season and were looking to claim their highest-ranked pelt in the form of the Gauchos. Things started well for the Lions as the striking duo of senior Jawaan Delaney and freshman Kyle Johanson linked up to give the Lions the lead after 13 minutes. Senior Brad Stisser was also integral to the move, collecting the ball on the right flank and playing a pretty one-two with Delaney. Stisser then sent a low cross into the box, where Johanson was positioned to finish into the lower right corner for his first career goal.

LMU's lead would not last long, however, as the Gauchos were quick to strike back. Just two minutes after Johanson's opener, Gaucho leading scorer Chris Pontius latched onto a through-ball from Bryan Dominguez and lifted a chip past LMU freshman goalie Jack McCormack.

Johanson nearly gave the lead right back to the Lions two minutes later, beating UCSB keeper Trond Helge Takset, but his attempt was cleared off the line by a defender. The Lions had another golden chance in the 30th minute sophomore Rafael Baca's shot sailed wide and the teams went into the locker room knotted at one.

LMU turned up the pressure in the second half and almost fashioned the go-ahead goal but attempts by Baca and Stisser were both off-target. As the game wore on, the physical play increased with both sides battling hard for the ball. The teams looked to be heading to overtime before the Gauchos caught the Lions twice on counter-attacks to put the match away. In the 82nd minute, Pontius fed Martin Hedevag from the right side, with Hedevag finishing past McCormack from 12 yards out.

With time ticking away and the Lions pressing forward for the equalizer, UCSB countered one more time. After a broken Lion attack, the Gauchos sent numbers forward on a four-on-two break. Michael Tetteh carried the ball for a good 20 yards before unleashing a left-footed shot from 23 yards that found the lower right corner.

UCSB held a 15-12 shot advantage, forcing McCormack into four saves. Takset stopped two shots for the Gauchos.

After opening the year with four straight home games, the Lions take a break from competition next week for the annual Alumni Game, scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday. LMU takes its first road trip of the season the following week as it faces two more ranked squads in Northwestern and Illinois-Chicago.

St. Louis - 5
Portland - 1

OMAHA, Neb. --- The 11th-ranked St. Louis Billikens handed the Portland Pilots a 5-1 loss in a men's soccer non-conference game at the Creighton Invitational at Morrison Stadium on Sunday. The Billikens piled up 24 shots en route to the win.

The loss, Portland's second straight to a ranked team, leaves the Pilots at 1-2-1 on the season. St. Louis improves to 2-0-2.

The Billikens took a 2-nil lead into the locker room before adding three more strikes in the second half. The Billikens came out firing early, cracking 13 shots in the game's first 40 minutes. James Jaramillo finally got St. Louis on the board when he found the back of the net in the 40th minute. Jaramillo's strike came on a rebound from a shot by Kyle Patterson, which was saved by UP goalkeeper Austin Guerrero.

Three minutes later, Patterson made it a 2-0 game with a shot that Guerrero was able to get a hand on.

Portland turned up the pressure early in the second half, peppering the SLU frame with a barrage of shots. But the Pilots were unable to connect and were a bit unlucky in the 79th minute when the Billikens scored courtesy an own-goal.

Trailing 3-0 in the 79th minute, Portland's Logan Emory pulled the Pilots within two with his first strike of the season. Emory, a junior, buried a shot into the top-left corner of the net from 20 yards out. The play went unassisted.

The Billikens responded by tacking on two more goals during the game's final five minutes. Jonas Reiter scored both goals to make it a 5-1 game.

The Pilots, who outshot the Billikens 8-5 in the second half, finished with 14 shots. St. Louis held a slim 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

Frankie Lopez and Collen Warner both finished with a team-high four shots for Portland.

After the match, UP defenders Patrick Jurney and Ryan Kawulok were named to the all-tournament team.

Portland next returns home for a match with Northwest rival Washington on Friday night. The game, which will be shown live on national television on the Fox Soccer Channel, is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. at Merlo Field. The Huskies ended Portland's season last year with a 1-nil victory in the first round of the NCAA playoffs in Seattle.

UC Irvine - 3
Saint Mary's - 2

Moraga, CA - A tight UC Irvine defense stifled many attempts from Saint Mary's in launching a comeback, as the Gaels fell to the Anteaters by a final score of 3-2 on Sunday afternoon in the final of the Saint Mary's Tournament. With the loss the Gaels fall to 1-3, and the Anteaters improve to 3-0-1. The game winner was scored by Irvine's Spencer Thompson in the 78th minute.

The game did not start well for the Gaels as Irvine went ahead for good when Amani Walker scored on a header from the right corner. The goal was Walker's first of the season; Kevin Santora was credited for the assist.

Malcolm Alugas tallied his first collegiate goal, when he received a pass from Justin Grider and sent a one timer into the top left corner of the net, to tie the game at one apiece. The goal game in the 17th minute, the assist was Grider's first of the season.

The Gaels continued to put the pressure on the Anteaters in the first half as they out-shot Irvine by a 4-2 margin. The Gaels had a great opportunity to take the lead when Justin Kim sent a well placed corner kick to the back post, Jordan Grider had an open net but was unable to get his head on the ball and the pass sailed out of bounds for a goal kick.

Irvine would take the lead for good when Matt Murphy sent a penalty kick to the lower right corner of the goal past Gaels keeper Doug Herrick. Irvine was awarded the PK when Herrick brought down Irvine's Michael Willrich inside the goal area.

The Gaels appeared to control the game in the second half keeping the ball mostly on the Irvine side of the half line, but were unable to put together any real scoring opportunities as the Irvine defense stymied any shot attempts.

Saint Mary's did manage to score a second goal in the 89th minute off a corner kick from Kim deflected into the goal by one of Irvine's defenders.

The Gaels return to action next Sunday, September 14, when they travel to the states capitol to play host Sacramento State at Hornet Field. The match is scheduled to start at 1:00 PM

With the win, UC Irvine won the Saint Mary's Tournament by a tie breaker due to goals over Sacramento State; UC Irvine went 1-0-1 on the tournament. Below is a complete list of the 2008 Saint Mary's Tournament All-Tournament Team as well as tournament results.

UC Irvine 1-0-1 4 Points 4 goals
Sacramento St. 1-0-1 4 Points 3 goals
Houston Baptist 1-1-0 3 Points 1 goal
Saint Mary's 0-2-0 0 Points 3 goals

All-Tournament Team
Chris Dodd HBU
George Sangira HBU
Duke Ogega HBU
Adam Bettencourt Sac
Ernesto Carranza Sac
Blake Nunes Sac
Adam Ownes Sac
Spencer Thompson UCI
David Sias UCI
Matt Murphy UCI
Irving Garcia UCI

FRIDAY'S RECAPS

Loyola Marymount - 1
Cal Poly - 0

Los Angeles, CA - LMU's third straight game against a ranked opponent finished with the Lions' first victory of the season as sophomore Rafael Baca's 64th-minute goal proved the difference in knocking off 24th-ranked Cal Poly 1-0 on Friday afternoon at Sullivan Field. The Lions (1-0-2) remain undefeated to start the season while handing the Mustangs (1-1-0) their first loss.

With two ties last weekend against ranked opponents, the Lions entered Friday's match looking for another positive result. It was Cal Poly who started strong, however, as the Mustangs put the Lions on their heels early. Julian Alvarez had the first shot of the game in the ninth minute, forcing junior Patrick Sampson into a save. After LMU got forward and senior Brad Stisser sent a shot wide, it was all Cal Poly. The visitors controlled the play for the next 10 minutes, pelting the LMU goal with six shots. After that, though, the Lions settled down and began to carve out chances of their own. Freshman Kyle Johanson forced Mustang goalie Eric Branagan-Franco into a save in the 35th minute but Cal Poly had the best chance of the half when Daniel Cumming's long-range shot looked headed for the top corner until Sampson stretched to turn it away for a corner and send the teams into the locker room scoreless.

Sampson was on his game all match and kept the Mustangs off the board with another save coming out of the locker room. That paved the way for Baca's goal, which was a result of some fine teamwork down the right side. Stisser developed the play by taking the ball down the sideline and crossing low into the box. Freshman Phil Da Silva arrived first but his mis-hit shot ended up being the perfect pass as he redirected the ball into the path of Baca, who hammered home from eight yards out for his third career goal.

After leading for most of last Sunday's game only to see #8 Saint Louis score in the final minutes, the Lions were determined not to let another lead slip away. Sampson did his part, coming out of nowhere to deny Jose Garcia in the 79th minute. Sampson was unsighted by a crowd in front of his goal but he somehow stretched low to his right to get his fingertips on the shot. At the other end, senior Jawaan Delaney could have given the Lions a two-goal cushion but his diving header went just high. As the clock neared 90 minutes, Sampson had one more save in him, stopping Cumming's shot with 47 seconds left.

"Pat Sampson was our man of the match today," Head Coach Paul Krumpe said. "He made two or three excellent saves today where I don't know how he even saw the ball."

Sampson finished with six saves while Branagan-Franco stopped one for the Mustangs. The victory was LMU's first over the Mustangs in five all-time meetings. It was the fourth consecutive positive result against a ranked team, as well, with the Lions having gone 2-0-2 against top-25 teams dating back to last season. In addition, this year marks the first time that the Lions had gone their first three games of the year without a loss since 2002, when they opened 11-0-2.

LMU closes out its season-opening four game homestand on Sunday when it welcomes another top-25 opponent, #7 UC Santa Barbara, to Sullivan Field. Kick-off is at 4 p.m.

San Diego - 3
Albany - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - In a very aggressive home opening match for the Toreros, the University of San Diego men's soccer team posted a 3-0 loss to the University of Albany.

The Great Danes struck in the first half at the 25th minute mark. The Danes were inside the USD penalty box as they fired off one shot which was deflected by goalkeeper Tommy McClain. The ball bounced back at the feet of Albany Forward Shaun Kane who fired it back over McClain and into the net for the 1-0 lead. By the end of the first half, two yellow cards had been issued to USD.

The second half was similar to the first as one ejection was issued and five yellow cards were assessed.

The Danes were again in USD territory in the 57th minute. The Toreros fought to clear the ball, however their efforts fell short as Claudio Dantas passed back to Don Johnson who placed the shot in the bottom right corner giving the Danes a 2-0 lead.

The final goal came in the 84th minute as Mikael McNamara connected with Claudio Dantas who placed a ball past the keeper low on the ground extending the lead to 3-0 for the final goal of the match.

The Toreros out-shot the Danes 10-8 overall with Dane McCleary and JD Penilton recording the two USD shots on goal. San Diego had 14 fouls called against them to Albany's 17. USD still leads the overall series between the two teams 3-1-0.

The Toreros fall to 0-2-1 on the season and will continue to fight for that first win of the 2008 campaign on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. as they take on the University of Michigan Wolverines at Torero Stadium.

Creighton - 3
Portland - 0

OMAHA, Neb. --- The Portland Pilots dropped a 3-0 decision to the fourth-ranked Creighton Bluejays on the opening night of the Creighton Invitational at Morrison Stadium on Friday. The Bluejays scored once before the break and two after en route to the win.

The game was evenly played throughout, despite the result. The Pilots, who suffer their first loss on the year, even their record at 1-1-1. The Bluejays improve to 2-0-0.

During the first half, UP senior Leland Wright had two of Portland's best opportunities. But, both of his attempts sailed high, with one coming in the 23rd minute and the other in the 29th.

With the game still scoreless, the Bluejays got on the board in the 40th minute. Ethan Finley took advantage of a well-placed cross with a header that found the back of the net. Tucker Sindlinger provided the service into the area, while Jeff Thayer also assisted on the play.

The 1-nil Creighton advantage would stand at the half.

After the Jays had a couple of good looks to start the second half, the Pilots turned on the pressure. UP then had some quality opportunities in the 70th minute, when a Portland cross made it towards the CU frame. Both UP sophomore Frankie Lopez and Creighton keeper Brian Holt went after the ball, with neither able to gain possession. The ball was loose for a few moments before CU was able to kick it out of bounds.

On the ensuing corner kick, the service found the feet of Lopez, but his shot attempt was blocked by a Creighton defender.

The Bluejays wasted little time to respond. CU immediately went the other way and scored to take a 2-0 lead, still in the 70th minute. The goal was credited to Andrei Gotsmanov, who buried a shot from 12 yards out.

The Jays made it a 3-nil game on a penalty kick in the 86th minute. After Portland was whistled for a foul in the box, Byron Dacy capitalized to give CU a three-goal lead.

Creighton finished with a 14-8 advantage in shots, while UP held a 7-6 edge in corner kicks.

Holt went the distance in goal to pick up the shutout. Portland sophomore keeper Austin Guerrero finished with a pair of saves.

The Pilots next wrap-up their stay in Omaha with a match on Sunday against No. 11 St. Louis. The Billikens and Pilots are set to go at 9:00 a.m. (Pacific).

Houston Baptist - 1
Saint Mary's - 0

Moraga, CA - Three shots was all Houston Baptist could manage against the stiff Saint Mary's defense. But the three shots were all the Huskies would need as George Sangira launched a shot to the top right corner for the game winner 1-0. With the loss the Gaels fall to 1-2 on the season and Houston Baptist improves to 2-1.

From a shot count perspective the Gaels had this game well in hand as they out-shot the Huskies by an advantage of 13-3, of the 13 shots eight were on goal. Saint Mary's had two threats early in the first half to take the lead. The first came in the 14th minute when Justin Grider launched a one-timer towards the top right corner of the Huskies goal only to see it sail just wide of the cross bar.

Freshman Kyle Ciliento followed that up in the 22nd minute when, it would appeared he would notch his first collegiate goal only to see Houston Baptists' keeper Chris Dodd make one of eight saves.

Erik Rivas and Yousef Samy each had impressive games again for the Gaels. Samy took three shots, with two on target. Rivas was a spark plug for the Gaels sprinting all over the field making plays; he took two shots, with one on target.

Brian Siu made the final seconds very interesting for the Gael faithful as he sent a beautiful shot at the goal from 40 yards out in the 89th minute, only to see Dodd make another spectacular save and push it high over the cross bar.

Overall the game was an incredibly physical one as the two teams combined for seven yellow cards and 36 fouls.

The Gaels will return to action Sunday when they play UC Irvine in the finale of the Saint Mary's Tournament at 2:30 PM. UC Irvine tied Sacramento State in the first game of the tournament.

Albany - 3
San Diego - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - In a very aggressive home opening match for the Toreros, the University of San Diego men's soccer team posted a 3-0 loss to the University of Albany.

The Great Danes struck in the first half at the 25th minute mark. The Danes were inside the USD penalty box as they fired off one shot which was deflected by goalkeeper Tommy McClain. The ball bounced back at the feet of Albany Forward Shaun Kane who fired it back over McClain and into the net for the 1-0 lead. By the end of the first half, two yellow cards had been issued to USD.

The second half was similar to the first as one ejection was issued and five yellow cards were assessed.

The Danes were again in USD territory in the 57th minute. The Toreros fought to clear the ball, however their efforts fell short as Claudio Dantas passed back to Don Johnson who placed the shot in the bottom right corner giving the Danes a 2-0 lead.

The final goal came in the 84th minute as Mikael McNamara connected with Claudio Dantas who placed a ball past the keeper low on the ground extending the lead to 3-0 for the final goal of the match.

The Toreros out-shot the Danes 10-8 overall with Dane McCleary and JD Penilton recording the two USD shots on goal. San Diego had 14 fouls called against them to Albany's 17. USD still leads the overall series between the two teams 3-1-0.

The Toreros fall to 0-2-1 on the season and will continue to fight for that first win of the 2008 campaign on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. as they take on the University of Michigan Wolverines at Torero Stadium.