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WCC Men's Basketball Recaps

Sept. 15, 2006

Portland - 6
Marshall - 0

SEATTLE, Wash. - Sophomore forward Alex Elliott scored twice and senior goalkeeper Luis Robles recorded his first career assist as the Portland Pilots shutout the Marshall Thundering Herd 6-0 in the opening game of the Husky Fever Classic at the Husky Soccer Complex on Friday. Robles also made two saves for his 20th career shutout, moving him up to fourth in the UP record books.

It's the third shutout this season for Robles and the Pilots, who improve to 2-0-2 for the season. Marshall drops to 3-3-1. The six scores are the most for a Portland men's team since a 6-1 drubbing of Saint Mary's in 2003. It's the largest shutout for Portland since they blanked DePaul by the same margin in 2002.

Elliott tallied Portland's first goal in the eighth minute when he stole it from Marshall keeper Greg Walker, beat him to the left and put it into the back of the net. A pass from a Marshall defender had deflected too far off of Walker and Elliott was there to take advantage.

It was Elliott again about eight minutes later. This time he was on the receiving end of a pass from sophomore midfielder Brayton Knapp. It's the third goal of the season for Elliott and the first assist for Knapp, who would score Portland's next goal. Knapp's shot from ten yards out found the net, giving Portland a 3-nil lead. Freshman midfielder Collen Warner assisted on the play for his first career point as a Pilot.

The Pilots made it 4-0 before the half as junior midfielder Matthew Dallman scored on a penalty kick, his first goal this season.

Junior forward Christopher Sanders scored Portland's fifth goal only 15 seconds into the second half. Portland ran a set play off the kick off and sent a long ball towards the right corner. Dallman gained possession, beat a defender and sent a cross into the box. Sanders was there to head it in. It's the second score this fall for Sanders and the first assist for Dallman.

Up 5-0 in the 73rd minute, Robles punted the ball 75 yards up field. Sophomore forward Steven Hosseinmardi was there as the ball cleared the head of Marshall's center back and took two bounces. As Walker came out of the goal, Hosseinmardi touched the ball beautifully over the keeper's head and into the net.

For the game, the Pilots outshot the Thundering Herd 16-10. Both teams had four corner kicks.

Portland plays its second and final game of the Husky Fever Classic on Sunday against Northern Illinois. The Pilots and Huskies are slated to kick off at 11:00 a.m.

San Diego - 3
Long Island - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team (4-1-0) posted their third shut out this season and continue to dominate opponents at home as they defeated the Long Island University Blackbirds (2-5-0) 3-0 to remain undefeated when playing at Torero Stadium.

San Diego struck quickly jumping out to a 1-0 lead early in the first half. In the seventh minute, midfielder Dustin Guerrero passed to midfielder Ciaran O'Brien on the nearside who charged into the box with the ball. O'Brien chipped a shot over a defender and into the center of the penalty box 10 yards from the net where forward Ryan Guy punched in a header past the goalkeeper. Credit O'Brien and Guerrero with an assist.

In the 26th minute Guerrero got a hold of a loose ball at the top of the penalty box where he booted it up to himself and followed up with a header which soared over the goalkeepers reach and into the net for a 2-0 lead.

In the 41st minute, midfielder Colin Jennings lined up for a foul shot from 50 yards out. His kick sailed into the penalty box which was received by midfielder Kevin Meissner who tapped it in the commotion to forward Adam Mariani who was five yards from the net. Mariani punched the ball past Blackbird goalkeeper Alex Fatovic to seal the 3-0 victory.

For Long Island, the Blackbirds took three shots, two of which came from midfielder Szymon Hryszczyk and one shot from forward Ryan Vanderkin. Fatovic finishes with three goals against and recorded six saves against the Torero offense.

For San Diego, Ryan Guy took a team high four shots, followed by Michael Caso with three shots. O'Brien, Tannen Wels, Guerrero, and Mariani all recorded two shots each for the Toreros. Jennings recorded his first career goal as a Torero tonight. While Mariani and Guerrero add to their career stats with each of their goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelin Briones made his debut as a starter in goal for San Diego allowing no goals and recording one save for his first complete match.

The Toreros continue their homestand with a match against the Rider University Broncs on Sunday, September 17 at 2:30 p.m. from Torero Stadium.

San Francisco - 2
Cal State Northridge - 1

Aaron Chandler scored with just under four minutes left in regulation to give eighth ranked USF a 2-1 win over Cal State Northridge, ruining the Matadors' home opener.

USF (5-0-1) got on the board first when Ardalan Attar scored with just 12 seconds remaining in the first half, blasting a low shot just inside the right post.

The Dons, who allowed a late goal in their last contest to allow Ohio State a tie, again gave up a goal in the 80th minute, this time scored by former St. Mary's forward Michael Clegg. Clegg's goal was just the second allowed by the Dons this season. He picked up a loose ball in the box to tie the contest.

But Aaron Chandler, USF's leading scorer over the past three seasons, would not be denied, scoring his twelfth career game-winning goal. The play was set up by Daniel DeGeer, who found newcomer Conor Chinn streaking up the field. Chinn dribbled down the field where his cross found Chandler open in front of the goal for the gamewinner at 86:07.

"This was a quality win for our team," said Dons head coach Erik Visser. "Northridge is an excellent team that went to the sweet sixteen last year and was ranked nationally to start the season. I am proud of our guys, who have responded to the challenge of playing five of their first six away from home, in difficult venues. And it gets no easier Sunday when we play at UCLA."

The Dons still have two more road games before they return home to face Santa Clara on Sunday night, September 24. They play at UCLA Sunday afternoon and then open WCC play at St. Mary's a week from today.

Saint Mary's - 1
UNLV - 1

Las Vegas, NV- The Saint Mary's men's soccer team opened the UNLV Rebel Classic with a 1-1 draw against host UNLV Friday night. The two teams scored first half goals and then were unable to find the back of the net the rest of the way. After the day, SMC moves to 2-2-3 on the season while UNLV improves to 0-4-2 on the year.

UNLV forward Lamar Neagle notched his second goal of the season and opened the scoring, as he took a pass from Ben Haugland and sent a shot to the far left post for a goal in the 24th minute.

Nearing the end of the first half, SMC would respond, thanks to a shot by David Blanchard. Senior forward Matthew Fitzgerald began the play with a cross into the box, that Blanchard then sent to the far right post for the tying goal in the 42nd minute.

Though both teams took four shots each in the first half, the Gaels dominated the second half, taking 11 shots while holding the Rebels to a none.

The Gaels last best chance came in the 90th minute when Fitzgerald blasted a shot from midfield that hit the goalpost before bouncing back outside.

The overtime draw marks the fourth time this season that the Gaels have played extra minutes.

SMC forward Carlos Diaz led the way with six shots putting two on goal. Fitzgerald added four shots and put one on frame. Nicholas Paterson drilled four of the Rebels' seven shots on the night.

Freshman goalkeeper Keenen Flynn earned a draw in his first ever collegiate appearance. In 110 minutes of play, the newcomer allowed one goal and tallied three saves.

The Gaels will return to action on Sunday, September 17 to close out the UNLV Rebel Classic against the UC Irvine Anteaters. Kickoff is scheduled for noon from Peter Johann Field.

UC Santa Barbara - 1Loyola Marymount - 0

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The LMU men's soccer team fell to #14 UC Santa Barbara 1-0 in non-conference action this evening at Harder Stadium. The Gauchos scored the game-winner in the 84th minute. The Lions return to action on Sunday against Cal Baptist, hosting the Lancers at Sullivan Field at 2:00pm.

The contest was scoreless for almost the entire game, but the Gauchos finally broke through late in regulation. Andrew Proctor took an assist from Jeff Murphy for the game-winner at 83:52.

UCSB outshot LMU 11-6, including a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal. Robert Flores made five saves for the Lions. Adam Sloustcher led LMU with three shots, and Diego Souza led the Lions with two shots on goal.

The Lions return to action on Sunday at Sullivan Field, hosting Cal Baptist at 2:00pm.

UCLA - 2
Santa Clara - 1

Los Angeles, Calif. - After having the better of play for much of the night and numerous scoring chances, the sixth-ranked Santa Clara Broncos men's soccer team allowed two goals in less than a minute in the second half and fell 2-1 on the road to the 16th-ranked UCLA Bruins at Drake Stadium. The Broncos held an 18-8 advantage in shots, but could not stretch their unbeaten streak to six games. Senior Keith DeVey's last second goal was not enough as Santa Clara fell to 4-1-1 on the season.

After a slow start to the match for the Broncos, they began to pick up the attack 20 minutes into the game. Following a series of corners by the Bruins, Broncos sophomore transfer Brian Martin got behind the defense and found himself alone with Bruins goalkeeper Eric Reed. Martin beat Reed with a low shot, but his effort clanked off the post and right back into Reed's hands.

SCU continued to put the pressure on throughout the remainder of the half as they peppered the UCLA net with seven shots including a great opportunity from senior captain Erik Ustruck. Garrett Frechette found Ustruck for a blast to the near post, but Reed was there again to make the save and keep the game scoreless. The Broncos were denied in the 32nd minute on a close-range header as Reed was able to get a touch on an Amaechi Igwe header and knock it over the bar.

The teams entered the half in a scoreless tie, despite a 9-2 shot advantage for the Broncos.

Coming out of halftime, the Broncos continued to maintain possession and keep the Bruins off-balance. However, it was UCLA that would get on the board first as Maxwell Griffin, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, scored the game's first goal in the 67th minute. Greg Folk's shot hit off the post and the ball fell right on the goal-line where Griffin slipped in and finished to put UCLA on top.

Less than a minute later, the Bruins struck again with freshman Jason Leopoldo scoring his first career collegiate goal off an assist from Griffin to put the Bruins up 2-0.

Despite the two-goal deficit, the Broncos attempted to battle their way back into the match. DeVey, junior captain Peter Lowry and freshman Sean Danzeiser all had shots to bring the Broncos within one, but Reed was equal to the challenge and kept SCU off the board. Reed finished with seven saves on the night.

DeVey finally broke through for Santa Clara in the waning seconds of the match as he nodded in a corner kick from Igwe. The goal was DeVey's second of the year and the 16th of his career.

The Broncos next head to Northridge to take on the Matadors of Cal State Northridge on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 4:00 p.m. PT. Fans can listen to the action at SantaClaraBroncos.com.