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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps - 9/8

Sept. 8, 2006

Gonzaga - 3
Xavier - 0

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Junior George Josten scored two goals and assisted on the third as Gonzaga University (2-2-1) blanked Xavier University (1-3-0) Friday in the Stephen Hensor/Joe Zaher Memorial Classic hosted by Oregon State University at Lorenz Field.

The Bulldogs prevailed despite playing 76 minutes shorthanded after Peter Peterson was whistled for a red card in the 14th minute.

The Bulldogs got their first goal at 21:43, Grant Lundberg making a run with the ball down the left side. Lundberg spotted Josten running down the right side of the field, and his well-placed cross-field pass just made it over the last Xavier defender's head. Josten took the pass in stride, bore down on goal and shot the ball past keeper Liam Curran who had come out to challenge Josten and cut down the angle.

Gonzaga made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute on a quick-strike counterattack. Ben Sawyer slid in to take the ball away from a Xavier attacker in the midfield and popped it high in the air downfield. Josten flicked it on with his head to freshman Tye Perdido, who split two defenders and went in one-on-one against Curran for his first collegiate goal.

Josten's second goal of the match and his fourth of the season was a brilliant individual effort at 75:56. He took the ball in the final third of the field and weaved his way past several Xavier defenders and the Musketeer keeper before finishing from a few yards out.

Josten, a junior from Idaho Falls, Idaho, now has 21 career goals, becoming the fourth 20-goal scorer in Gonzaga history. He ranks fourth in career goals behind Jeff McAllister (45), Jason Kuska (35) and 2006 USA World Cup member Brian Ching (34). His assist was his second of the season and the eighth of his career, leaving him one shy of moving into a tie for 10th with Abbas Faridnia who had nine career assists.

Xavier out-shot Gonzaga 13-7, but Bulldog keeper Vito Higgins needed only two saves to record his first shutout of the season and the fifth of his career. The junior from Kailua, HI, entered the season third in career shutouts and still trails fellow Hawaiians Josh Fouts (19) and Mike McCarthey (13).

Gonzaga will meet host OSU in the tournament finale Saturday at 7:30 p.m. OSU was a 3-0 winner over UC Davis in the late game Friday. Saturday's first match will have UC Davis facing Xavier at 5 p.m.

Senior forward Robbie Findley had a goal and two assists to lead Oregon State over the Aggies.

Freshman forward Justin Woodward scored his first collegiate goal and sophomore midfielder Josh Cameron also scored for the Beavers, who are off to their best start since also beginning the 2002 season 4-1.

OSU put a barrage of headers toward the UC Davis net in the first 10 minutes. Findley had two on goal (one cleared off the line by a UCD defender), and junior defender Alex Christensen put one high.

In the 30th minute, the Beavers struck for their first goal. Junior defender Brett Gardner sent a long ball up from his left back position. Findley brought it down, took a couple of dribbles toward the middle, paused just outside the top of the box and drilled a laser inside the left post. It was Findley's first goal of the season and the 23rd his career, giving him sole possession of fourth place on OSU's all-time list.

The Aggies' Dylan Curtis gave his team two solid chances to equalize with two hard shots from the left wing in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but each went a few feet right of the goal.

Oregon State also kept up the pressure in the second half. Senior forward Bryan Jordan got a breakaway in the 47th minute, but UCD goalkeeper Charles Warne came out to smother his shot attempt.

The Beavers made it 2-0 in the 55th minute. Junior midfielder Hiroshi Nishito sent in a cross from the right side. Findley got a leg on it, and the ball deflected off an Aggie defender to Cameron on the left side. Cameron had a lot of open net to choose from, and he scored easily for his second goal of the season.

The Beavers' third goal came in the 74th minute. Findley had the ball on the counterattack and took it to the edge of the box. He waited, then sent a no-look pass off to his left for the streaking Woodward. UCD goalkeeper Brian Wickers got his hand on Woodward's shot, but not enough to prevent the ball from going to the back of the net.

LMU - 2
Rhode Island - 1

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The LMU men's soccer team scored two goals late in the second half to secure a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Rhode Island in the first game of the Harvard Invitational. The Rams took an early lead with a goal in the third minute, and LMU trailed 1-0 for most of the game. However, David Niemeyer tied things up in the 81st minute, and Bobby Burling put in the game-winner in the 86th minute to help LMU improve to 3-1 on the season.

The Rams scored at 2:23 when Geoff Cameron took a pass from Danleigh Borman on a counter. Cameron's blast from 25 yards out squeezed past LMU goalkeeper Robert Flores and trickled into the net. Just 31 seconds later, Borman was given a red card for kicking LMU defender Michael Ogletree in the face and the Lions played with a man advantage the rest of the way. LMU controlled the flow of play in the first half, outshooting URI 7-3, but Rams goalkeeper Mark Sauter made three saves to hold on to the one goal lead at halftime. Brad Stisser and Tyler Mehl were stopped by Sauter on back to back headersat the end of the first half to keep the game at 1-0.

The game remained 1-0 Rhode Island until the 81st minute. Matthew Mejia took the ball away from a Ram defender and passed it to Niemeyer. The reigning WCC Player of the Week took a shot from 25 yards out that went into the net to tie the game.

Just a few minutes later, Burling put LMU up for good. Wilkie Johnson redirected Adam Sloustcher's free kick to the feet of Burling, who one-timed the ball into the top corner of the goal to give the Lions their first lead of the day.

The win is LMU's second straight and helps the Lions improve to 3-1 on the year. Rhode Island, a 2005 NCAA Tournament participant, falls to 1-2-1 on the season with the loss.

LMU outshot URI 12-7 for the game with Burling, Stisser, Alex Proano and Trini Gomez taking two shots each. Cameron led Rhode Island with three shots. Flores finished the game with two saves, while Sauter made three saves in the game.

The Lions are looking for the tournament title on Sunday when they take on the host Crimson at 11:00am PST. Harvard was a 4-0 winner over Northeastern in the second game of the day.

San Francisco - 2
Penn State - 0

University Park, PA - Kevin Long and Matt Languis both scored on headers in the first half to power ninth-ranked USF to a 2-0 victory over host Penn State in the Penn State Classic Friday night.

The Dons (4-0) are unbeaten and unscored upon so far this season.

USF opened the scoring when Long headed home a cross from Rob Valentino at the 28:24 mark, for Long's first tally of the year. USF got an insurance goal at 41:21 when Matt Languis headed in a pass from Brandon McDonald to make it 2-0.

The Dons' Geremy Uhl made six saves in recording his fourth shutout of the year and 22nd in his career. Penn State dropped to 1-4 on the season.

"This may have been our best performance of the year," said Dons' head coach Erik Visser. "To travel out of region and play a quality team like Penn State on the road and get a result is very pleasing. It shows that this team is very focused and determined to keep a clean sheet on defense. Now we have another tough challenge in Ohio State Sunday. Both these opponents were ranked at the beginning of the year and have had played really tough schedules."

USF played its third road game in four contests this year and continue on the road next weekend when they play at Western powers Cal State Northridge and UCLA.

Santa Clara - 4
St. Louis - 1

Santa Clara, Calif. - With a pair of goals in both halves, the No. 12 ranked Santa Clara Broncos rolled past No. 18 Saint Louis University 4-1 on Friday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. Four different players registered goals for Cameron Rast's squad as the team improved to 4-0-1 on the season, while St. Louis dropped to 1-2-1.

While the Billikens started out with good possession in the early going, it was the home team that got on the board first as Aaron Clubb netted his first goal of the season and second of his career in the 30th minute. Matt Marquess picked up the ball at midfield and lofted a long cross into the box. As St. Louis goalkeeper Nick Billman rushed out of his net, Clubb out-leaped his defender and flicked the ball over the goalkeeper and into the empty net for a 1-0 lead.

Jide Ogunbiyi and Keith DeVey combined for a spectacular goal just seven minutes later to give SCU some breathing room. After just stepping onto the field as a sub, Ogunbiyi took a throw-in from freshman Chris Sauter and whipped a perfect cross into the box. DeVey got free and drove a volley past Billman and into the net for his first of the year. DeVey now has 15 career goals as a Bronco, moving him one step closer to the all-time top-10 in school history.

Things got worse for the Billikens early in the second half as Rob Viviano picked up his second yellow card of the match and was sent off leaving St. Louis with only 10 players and 40 minutes to go.

Despite being down a man, St. Louis nearly came back to within a goal on two occasions. On the first, Joseph Buttita came up big with a save on Dado Hamzagic in the 56th minute to keep his shutout intact. 10 minutes later, Calum Angus shot just high to preserve the Broncos two-goal margin.

Amaechi Igwe put the game out of reach with a spectacular goal with under 20 minutes remaining. Picking up the ball on the left side of the field, the Belmont, Calif. native unleashed a rocket that beat back-up goalkeeper Ross Kaufman high to the near post. The freshman sensation now has two goals in 2006.

Captain Peter Lowry provided the icing on the cake as his free kick from 30 yards sailed over Kaufman's head and into the net for an insurmountable 4-0 lead. A late goal by Scott Wisniewski provided the Billikens with some consolation, but the Broncos cruised home with the win.

SCU hits the road next weekend as it battles No. 10 UCLA (Sept. 15) and Cal State Northridge (Sept. 17) down in Southern California. Last season, the Broncos beat UCLA on a late goal in their season-opener.

The Broncos next home game is on Friday, Sept. 22 against San Jose State at 6:00 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium. The game will be followed by the Bronco women taking on UCLA at 8:00 p.m. PT. Tickets can be purchased by calling 408-554-4660, by clicking here or by visiting the Leavey Center Box Office.

Saint Mary's - 1
Bowling Green - 1

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's men's soccer team opened the Fall Soccer Classic with a 1-1 draw against Bowling Green Friday afternoon from Garaventa Field. The overtime game marks the third in five contests for the Gaels this season. After the day, SMC moves to 1-2-2 on the year.

After 80-minutes of scoreless soccer, Saint Mary's sophomore forward Carlos Diaz broke the silence with a 40-yard blast on a free kick. From the right side of the field, Diaz nailed the free kick with his left foot and bent the ball over BGSU goalkeeper Brent Petkus to make the score 1-0.

Eight minutes later the Falcons responded. From 20-yards out, Ahmad Smith brought the ball down and drilled a right-footed volley in the lower left portion of the goal to even the score at one and bring the game to overtime.

In the two overtime periods the Gaels would out-shoot the Falcons 7-2 and in the game SMC pounded out 22 shots to BGSU's eight.

Senior forward Matthew Fitzgerald led the Gaels with six shots, putting two on goal. Diaz tallied five shots and put four on frame. George Davis led Bowling Green with three shots with one on goal.

SMC goalkeeper Brian Mason allowed one goal and tallied four saves while Petkus also allowed one goal and made a game-high eight saves in 110-minutes.

Saint Mary's will conclude its Fall Soccer Classic play against UC Riverside at 11 a.m. from Garaventa Field. Riverside defeated Sacramento State 2-1 in Sacramento in the other Classic game.