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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 7, 2007

Gonzaga - 2
Washington - 1

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's men's soccer team finally got the monkey - or should that be Husky - off its back Friday when Ben Funkhouser's goal at 84:42 broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 non-conference win over 15th-ranked University of Washington in front of a school record 1,127 fans at sun-baked Martin Field.

The Bulldogs had never defeated the Huskies in 19 previous tries dating back to 1981, the tie a 2-2 deadlock in 1999 at Martin Field.

Funkhouser got the decisive goal when Tye Perdido dropped a pass on the left wing, the Husky defense split and Funkhouser dribbled in to take the virtually uncontested shot which beat UW keeper Rylan Hawkins low to his far side. It was Funkhouser's second career goal and his first match winner.

But it didn't look good for the Bulldogs early on Friday when Taylor Mueller scored his first goal of the season just 2:33 into the match to give the Huskies (1-1-1) a quick lead. Mueller scored when he took Matt Van Houten's corner kick and beat Bulldog keeper Vito Higgins to the left post.

But the Bulldogs (2-1-0) came right back at 14:19 when Hermann Trophy candidate George Josten collected his first goal of the young season, a high, hard shot to the right side of the net straightaway from 22 yards. It was the 30th career goal and the 71st career point for Josten, both ranking him fourth in school history. John Palladino got the assist as the product of Spokane's Central Valley High picked up his first point of the season.

Had it not been for Hawkins, who finished with six saves as the Bulldogs launched eight of their 17 shots on goal, the Bulldogs would have had the lead at halftime. The save of the match came at 31:51 when Funkhouser's header off a cross from John Reha was ticketed for the left post. But Hawkins made a diving, sprawling save to his right at the post to thwart the Bulldogs. Three minutes later he knocked down a shot through traffic from the right wing by Perdido.

The Huskies never really threatened and didn't test Higgins after the goal, Washington not getting another shot on goal the rest of the afternoon.

Gonzaga head coach Einar Thorarinsson, who was 9-0-1 against the Huskies since coming to Gonzaga for the 1995 season, was obviously pleased his team finally cracked the win column against their cross-state rivals.

"We finally got one," Thorarinsson said. "Our guys really came prepared. They didn't let the early goal phase them and they hung in there and pretty much dominated play most of the day. I'm pleased for the team, but I'm especially pleased for the seniors.

"We know Washington is always going to be a tough match, and today was no different. But we didn't lose our composure early when it would have been easy for us to do so," the 13-year Bulldog coach said.

The Bulldogs return to action next weekend at the Panther Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Gonzaga will meet the University of Wisconsin on Friday and then face the host Panthers on Sunday. Gonzaga doesn't return to Martin Field until Oct. 12 against Loyola Marymount University, a stretch of seven straight matches away from home.

Portland - 2
Sacramento State - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The Portland Pilots scored once during each half en route to a 2-0 shutout of the Sacramento State Hornets in a non-conference men's soccer match at the Copa de Causeway on Friday night. Junior forward Alex Elliott and freshman forward Ryan Luke each scored for Portland, which improves to 2-1 on the season.

UP freshman goalkeeper Austin Guerrero made five saves for his second straight shutout. Guerrero made three stops in a 3-0 blanking against New Hampshire last Sunday.

Sacramento State applied pressure early, but it was Portland which struck first. In the 40th minute, junior forward Bryan Irwin sent a cross in from the right wing. Elliott was even with the far post and one-touched the pass into the back of the net. It's Elliott's second strike this season and Irwin's second assist.

Still up 1-0 after the half, Luke notched his second collegiate goal to make it a 2-0 UP advantage. Portland again capitalized on some nifty passing to make it a two-goal lead. Sophomore midfielder Collen Warner sent in a cross from the right side. Luke was on the receiving end and easily found the back of the net.

The Pilots finished with a slight 10-9 edge in shots, while the Hornets held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Portland next travels to Davis, Calif., for a match against the UC Davis Aggies at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Loyola Marymount - 1
New Mexico - 0

Junior midfielder Brad Stisser connected on a free kick in the ninth minute for the only score of the game, giving LMU (1-1-0) its first win of the season, 1-0 over #17 New Mexico. The loss was the Lobos' first home defeat of the season, coming on the opening night of the 2007 TLC Plumbing & Utility Invitational.

The Lobos created numerous opportunities on the night, outshooting the Lions 21-10, but the LMU defense, led by redshirt freshman GK Patrick Lane, was equal to the task. Lane was credited with an excellent game between the pipes, making five crucial saves on the evening for his first career shutout. Every time the Lobos seemed poised to put one away, Lane was there with a diving stop.

UNM came out aggressive in the first half, earning three corners in the opening five minutes. LMU escaped falling behind in the sixth minute when P.J. Wilson hit the crossbar from the top of the box. Chris Wright was poised to put the rebound away but Lane made a diving save to thwart the threat.

LMU came right back to earn a free kick just outside of the box, 25 yards from the goal in the ninth minute. Stisser stepped up and blasted a perfectly place shot to the top right corner of the goal for the 1-0 lead. It was LMU's first goal of the season and Stisser's fifth in his Lion career.

The Lobos had two good looks late in the first half but a pair of headers by former Lion Diego Barrera were just wide of the net. UNM went into the locker room having taken more shots (9-5) and corners (5-1) than LMU, but trailing the Lions 1-0 on the scoreboard.

LMU tried to tack on another just three minutes into the second frame when senior Nick Blanco took a shot inside the box. Lobo keeper Mike Graczyk was there for one of his two saves on the night.

The Lion defense held strong to maintain their lead. Simon Ejdemry almost tied it up for UNM in the 62nd minute. His header from the right side got past Lane but was cleared out of the goal by an LMU defender. With time winding down on the clock, Lane came to the rescue, pushing an attempt from David Gualdarama over the cross bar. New Mexico had one last corner in the final seconds but was unable to put a shot on frame.

The victory is the Lions' first over the Lobos in four all-time meetings while New Mexico drops its home opener for the second year in a row. The Lobos have only lost four times at the UNM Soccer Complex in head coach Jeremy Fishbein's five-year tenure.

LMU will play for the tournament championship Sunday morning against Central Florida, who downed Cincinnati 2-1 in the day's first match.

San Diego - 2
Fairleigh Dickinson - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego Men's soccer team (1-1-0) captured their first win of the season over the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (1-2-0) Friday evening at Torero Stadium by a score of 2-0.

USD's first goal of the match came in the 24th minute when Tannen Wels wound up for a shot to have it blocked by a defender. The Knights attempted to clear the ball from the goalie box losing possession to JT Howlan with open net with just him and the goalie. Howlan fired off the shot from 15 yards in front of the net to take a 1-0 lead.

In the 60th minute, USD freshman Brandon Kelley dished a ball off to Dustin Guerrero who fired off a shot but was blocked by a defender in the goalie box. The loose ball was picked up by Tannen Wels who from 19 yards out shot left passed the diving goalie and into the lower left corner of the net to increase their lead 2-0.

Howlan took one shot on goal and had one goal on the night while Wels had a shot on goal, a goal, and an assist. USD out-shot the Knights by a 12-3 margin.

The Toreros return to Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium on Sunday, September 9 to take on the New Jersey Institute Highlanders at 2:00 p.m.

Brown - 2
Santa Clara - 1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The No. 3 Santa Clara men's soccer team did not get their East Coast road trip off to a good start, falling 2-1 to Brown University Friday night in the Brown adidas Classic. Junior Jide Ogunbiyi scored for the second straight game for the Broncos, but two second-half goals by Brown proved to be the difference.

Santa Clara grabbed the lead thanks to a strong effort from junior Brian Martin on the right wing. After battling through some tough tackles, he got himself free and served a ball into the box. Ogunbiyi got to the spot and drove a header past Brown goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand to put SCU up 1-0.

Goalkeeper Joseph Buttitta and the Broncos were able to shut down the Bears for the rest of the first half and held that 1-0 lead at the break.

However, the game changed early in the second half, as Brown burst out of the locker room with two goals to move into the lead. Brown's David Walls set up Dylan Sheehan for an easy finish in the 50th minute to tie the game at one goal apiece. Sheehan headed a shot past Buttitta to get the home crowd fired up.

Sheehan then played the role of provider less than four minutes later to put Brown ahead. Sheehan fed Kevin Davies, who unleashed a long-range effort that got past Buttitta.

Despite heavy pressure late in the match, none of the Broncos 12 second half shots found the back of the net. Martin had a strong half as he constantly made driving runs from his spot on the right wing but the Bears defense kept SCU off the board.

Santa Clara completes play at the Brown adidas Classic on Sunday, Sept. 9 with a match against Boston University at 9 a.m. PT. The match will be the first meeting ever between the two schools.