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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 14, 2007

San Francisco - 2
California - 1

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - Sophomore forward Conor Chinn scored two goals to lift San Francisco (3-1-0) to a 2-1 victory over No. 11 California (2-2-0) Friday night. The contest was the first multi-goal match in Chinn's career.

California looked determined to take the upper hand as senior forward Javier Ayala-Hil scored a header at 5:53 off passes from sophomore midfielder Imaan Kerchgani and freshman midfielder Servando Carrasco.

The Golden Bears' lead was short lived as Chinn scored at 10:05 with a shot to the lower left of the goal from around 15-feet. Sophomore midfielder Jesse Henderson was credited with the assist. The score was tied 1-1 at halftime.

Chinn's final goal came at 49:18 on a feed from senior forward Ardalan Attar. USF senior goalkeeper Jeremy Coupe withstood ten shots and made all five of his saves in the second half to help hold the lead. Cal sophomore goalkeeper Stefan Frei also made five saves on the night and both Cal and USF attempted 16 shots.

Attar, Chinn and Ayala-Hil were tied with a match-high four shots. Senior midfielder Andrew Jacobson had three, all on goal.

San Francisco plays Sunday at Stanford. Kick off from Palo Alto, Calif., is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats will be available at gostanford.cstv.com.

DONS' NOTES - Friday's match was the first of two contests for each school as part of the 2007 WCC/PAC-10 Classic... Cal will play Santa Clara on Sunday at Berkeley... Chinn's goals were his second and third of the season... it was the first goal of the season for Ayala-Hil... the Dons are now 136-67-18 at home all-time, 27-10-5 at Negoesco Field since the 2003 season.

Santa Clara - 1
Stanford - 1 (2OT)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In a thrilling match at Buck Shaw Stadium, the No. 6 Santa Clara Broncos came back to earn a 1-1 tie against Stanford with both goals coming in the final five minutes of regulation. The Broncos controlled play throughout most of the night, but found themselves trailing 1-0 late in the game after a goal by Scott Bolkan in the 86th minute. Senior captain Peter Lowry scored the tying goal with a free kick with 40 seconds remaining for SCU. The Broncos out-shot the Cardinal 18-10 and hit the post on two separate occasions, but could not come up with the win.

Early in the first half, Santa Clara had a number of opportunities to take the lead. Junior Brian Martin had the first big chance of the game in the seventh minute from a Peter Lowry corner kick. Lowry served a ball to the far post for Martin, who unloaded a volley that beat Stanford goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen and hit the right post.

One minute later, senior Matt Hatzke tested Kartunen with a free kick from 25 yards out. He curled a ball over the Stanford wall that was headed for the corner, but Kartunen dove to make the save and the Cardinal defense was able to clear the rebound away.

Martin had another golden opportunity midway through the first half after getting on the end of a long ball out of the back. He sprinted past the Stanford defense and curled a shot past Kartunen, but he was again denied by the post.

Both teams clamped down defensively early in the second half, but each team had chances to break through as the game wore on. With 20 minutes left, Stanford's Tom Montgomery nearly beat SCU goalkeeper Joseph Buttitta with a low shot, but the Bronco netminder came up with a big save. Sophomores Stephen McCarthy and Jeff Cosgriff each had chances to put the Broncos ahead with shots from the left side of the box, but Kartunen proved up to the challenge.

With time winding down, the Cardinal broke the stalemate with a well-executed set piece. Bobby Warshaw sent a free kick to the back post, where Scott Bolkan jumped and headed a shot over Buttitta for a 1-0 lead. The goal was Bolkan's third of the year.

Looking for the equalizer in the final minute, the Broncos earned a free kick at the left edge of the penalty box. Lowry calmly stepped up and curled a shot to the far post that got past Kartunen and found the lower corner as the Buck Shaw crowd exploded. Lowry has now scored two goals this season. He also scored a goal against Stanford in 2006.

In overtime, the Broncos had two prime chances to break the tie. With just under a minute left in the first overtime session, Lowry corralled a loose ball at the top of the box and ripped a left-footed shot that just missed the near post. In the second overtime, Hatzke had a free kick that appeared to have Kartunen beaten, but the ball deflected off a Santa Clara player in the box and the Stanford defense cleared the ball out of danger.

The Broncos travel to Berkeley on Sunday, Sept. 16 to play another Bay Area rival, the California Golden Bears. The match kicks off at 2 p.m. PT at Edwards Stadium.

Wisconsin - 1
Gonzaga - 0

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - The University of Wisconsin scored at 12:34 and it was all the 20th-ranked Badgers needed to upset 12th ranked Gonzaga University in Friday's opening match of the Panther Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Nick Carbonna scored his first goal of the season for UW (4-1-0) off a combo in front of the net after a short corner kick by Zack Lambo.

The Bulldogs (2-2-0) held a 13-10 edge in shots and both teams had five shots on goal.

Gonzaga threatened late in the match to knot the score, John Palladino being denied by UW keeper Alex Horwath at 88:41 and Tim Muravez' header off a Ben Funkhouser corner kick at 89:02 sailing high. Six of Gonzaga's nine second-half shots came in the final 17 minutes, Horwath called on to make two of his five saves in the match during that stretch.

Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins had three of his four saves in the second half.

The physical match saw Wisconsin called for 19 fouls to 13 for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs had two yellow cards while the Badgers were assessed three.

Gonzaga will meet the host Panthers Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Pacific time.

UW-Milwaukee remained winless in five starts Friday as senior Tenzin Rampa sent a final shot off the cross bar in the closing seconds, helping Drake University (3-2) escape with a 2-1 victory over the Panthers in the late match.

Rampa sent a 25-yard shot from the right side of the penalty area on goal with just 10 seconds remaining in the match. It made it over the head of the Drake goalkeeper, but caught just enough of the cross bar to prevent it from finding the back of the net and sending the game to overtime.

Wisconsin will face Drake in Sunday's opener.

Hofstra - 4
San Diego - 3 (OT)

Hempstead, NY - The University of San Diego men's soccer team (2-2-0) had a 3-1 lead going into the 80th minute when the Hofstra University Pride (1-3-1) made a miraculous comeback to tie the match at 3-3 at the end of regulation.

San Diego struck first with 14:47 left in the first half as defender J.D. Penilton played a long ball from the defensive half that found forward J.T. Howlan in behind the defense on the far side of the field. Howland ran the bouncing ball down inside the left edge of the penalty area, and chipped a shot over Johansen's head that took one hop and bounced under the crossbar to make the score 1-0.

The Toreros struck for two goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half to turn a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 lead. Dustin Guerrero gave San Diego the lead when he was in the right place to bury a loose ball in the Hofstra penalty area after a free kick was taken by Fabrice Gautrat from near the right sideline. Gautrat's cross deflected off a Hofstra defender and nearly went into the net, but Johansen was able to dive back and punch the ball free before it crossed the line. However, Guerrero followed the play and was able to blast a 10-yard shot inside the far post at the 58:49 mark to put San Diego in front.

Just 6:26 later, the Toreros scored again after a foul 25 yards from goal. Colin Jennings took the kick, and rocketed a shot that deflected off the Hofstra wall, catching Johansen going the wrong direction as it settled into the right side of the net, making the score 3-1 with 24:45 to play.

The game-winning goal was scored with 4:04 left in the first overtime, as sophomore midfielder Rob Youhill (Harrogate, England) whipped a long cross into the box. Senior midfielder Chris Cox (Nottingham, England) chested the ball down and settled it at his feet with his back to goal 12 yards out. He patiently held off his defender and waited until Alberda made a run, before laying the ball off to his left, where Alberda one-timed a 12-yard shot that tucked inside the right post for his first collegiate goal.

San Diego finished with a 13-11 edge in shots on the day, as well as an 8-6 edge in corner kicks. Briones had three saves for the Toreros falling to 2-2 on the season.

San Diego will continue its road swing back East as they travel to Long Island University to take on the Blackbirds Sunday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. eastern time.