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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 16, 2007

Gonzaga - 2
Wisconsin-Milwaukee - 1

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - Gonzaga University scored two goals in a 5-minute stretch of the second half, and the Bulldogs got back on the winning track Sunday with a 2-1 win over host University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the Panther Invitational.

Gonzaga (3-2-0), ranked as high as 12th in Soccer America entering the weekend, lost to 20th ranked University of Wisconsin 1-0 on Friday. The Bulldogs finished third in the tourney won by Drake University, which went 2-0 with wins over both Wisconsin teams. UW finished second by virtue of the win over Gonzaga and the host Panthers went 0-2 for the weekend to remain winless in six outings this season.

Gonzaga senior forward George Josten and senior defender Daniel Scott were named to the all-tournament team. They joined Drake players Garrett Webb, named the MVP; Kevin Shrout; Luke Freiberg, and Calvin Clark; Wisconsin selections Nick Corrona, Alex Horwath, and Brandon Miller, and UWM players Zeke Dombrowski and Tenzin Rampa on the all-tournament squad.

The Panthers got on the scoreboard first, Chris Lins' header to the far post off a 30-yard free kick by Martin Castro at 44:43 giving the hosts a 1-0 halftime lead.

Gonzaga evened the match 10 minutes into the second half when Josten, a Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate, made good on a penalty kick at 55:24, his first career penalty kick goal in two attempts. UWM keeper Ryan Germann was called for a foul in a collision with the Bulldogs' Conor Baranski, who was breaking in on goal after Josten had flicked a ball to set up a potential breakaway. Germann came out to field the ball, collided with Baranski and was called for the foul resulting in the penalty kick.

Josten's 31st career goal and second of the season moved him to within three of Brian Ching (34) and third place on the Gonzaga career charts. John Palladino had the last successful penalty kick for the Bulldogs, coming just last season at the University of Washington in a 2-1 Gonzaga setback.

Five minutes later Nick Barclay beat Germann to the near post off Baranski's corner kick at 60:00. It was the sophomore's first goal of the season and second of his career.

Both teams were forced to play a good portion of the match shorthanded when red cards sent a player from each team to an early shower. The Panthers' Steve Bode picked up two first-half yellow cards, the second at 36:10 to bring his day to an end. Palladino followed Bode to the sidelines at 38:42 when he was issued a red card. Palladino will have to sit out Friday's match against Loyola College of Maryland at the Stephen Hensor/Joe Zaher Classic at Oregon State University.

According to Gonzaga head coach Einar Thorarinsson, the referee red-carded Palladino for language that a fan had actually hollered, the referee thinking Palladino was the guilty party.

UWM held a 10-9 edge in shots, but five of Gonzaga's six second-half shots were on goal. The Panthers tested Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins five minutes into the second half, their lone second-half shot on goal. Higgins and Germann each had three saves.

Gonzaga carried the offensive play much of the afternoon, but nine offside whistles slowed the Bulldog attack. The physical match also saw 34 fouls called, 18 on the Panthers.

Saint Mary's - 2
Wright State - 1

Moraga, CA - Erik Robert could not have asked for a better time to net his first career goal. The senior broke a 1-1 tie to hand the Gaels a 2-1 victory over the Wright State Raiders on Sunday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. After the day, SMC improves to 2-2 on the season.

In the 64th minute, Robert blasted a majestic left-footed blast far post from about 18 yards out, past the out-stretched 6-7 WSU goalkeeper Tebias Mason. Robert was setup by newcomer Erik Rivas.

The Raiders evened the score at one in the 59th minute when Adam Harp found net on a pair of passes from Braden Fleak and Milovan Milosevic.

The Gaels opened the scoring early in the 11th minute. SMC defender Brian Siu made a nice run and netted his first SMC goal. Siu slipped a shot into the far post from the far right side on a pass setup by fellow transfer Justin Kim.

Saint Mary's out-shot Wright State 23-12 and 13-7 in the second half. The Gaels were led by sophomore Dylan Leslie and his four shots. Three other Gaels tallied three shots apiece.

Brian Mason earned the victory in net for SMC. The senior allowed one goal and made three saves on the afternoon. Mason tallied a game-high nine saves for WSU.

Saint Mary's will return to action next week on the road. The Gaels will face the Sacramento State Hornets on Friday, September 21 at 4 p.m. from Hornet Field.

San Diego - 2
Long Island - 1

Brooklyn, N.Y. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team (3-2) scored two late goals in the final five minutes of the match to defeat the Long Island University Blackbirds (2-3-1) 2-1 at LIU Field wrapping up their East coast road swim.

LIU went up 1-0 in the 66th minute as sophomore Ryan Williams took a feed from junior Frank Judice and found himself one-on-one with the USD goalkeeper. Williams scored past Briones taking a 1-0 lead at the end of the first half.

Lat in the second half, San Diego had a throw in deep in LIU territory. Colin Jennings sent a header inside to Ryan Peterman who put a header past senior Alex Fatovic tying the match at 1-1.

Finally, a corner kick by USD with just over a minute left lifted the Toreros to the win. Mike Barbeito took the corner from the right side and found Sam Reeder, who headed the ball into the upper right corner of the net for his first goal of 2007.

LIU edged the Toreros in shots, 13-12, but San Diego dominated the corner kick count, 7-0. Williams closed with a team-high three shots.

San Diego will return to Torero Stadium for the 2007 USD Tournament sponsored by USD. San Diego will take on Brown University and Loyola Chicago this upcoming weekend.

San Francisco - 2
Stanford - 1 (2OT)

Palo Alto, CA - USF men's soccer rolled to its fourth straight victory and second straight win against the Pac-10 with a 2-1 double overtime decision at Stanford Sunday night at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The Dons (4-1-0) capture their third straight victory against the Cardinal (1-2-1) and win the 2007 WCC/Pac-10 Classic as the only team to record two victories. USF defeated No. 11 Cal 2-1 Friday night at Negoesco Stadium.

Sophomore Conor Chinn got the Dons on the board first with his third goal in two games, coming at the 6:56 mark in the opening period beating the keeper to the near post off a deflection. Stanford's Bobby Warshaw provided the equalizer at 54:36 and the score stayed knotted at 1-1 through the remainder of regulation.

Stanford held a commanding 25-7 advantage in shots, including an 11-2 edge in the second half, but the Dons converted on their second shot in overtime as senior defender Chris Rodd scored at 106:48 off a feed from Brandon McDonald. It was the second goal and second career game-winner for Rodd in the Green and Gold.

"I an extremely proud of how we put quality back-to-back performances together against two strong Pac-10 teams," USF head coach Erik Visser said. "It was great gut-check for our young team to take on a pair of tough opponents (No. 11 Cal and Stanford) and they rose to the occasion. The team kept believing and we felt in overtime we had the better of the play and were able to capitalize on our opportunies. It shows we are heading in the right direction."

Junior goalkeeper Eric Conner (2-1) collected the victory for the Dons in a busy day between the pipes and collected four saves. Andrew Kartunen (1-1-1) suffered the loss for the Cardinal.

USF returns to action when it hosts perennial national power UCLA Thursday, September 20. Kick-off against the Bruins is set for 7:00 PM at Negoesco Stadium.

NOTES: USF has now scored at least two goals in four consecutive matches... San Francisco is the only team to win at least one match in the 2007 WCC/Pac-10 Classic as all other contests resulted in ties... The Dons improve to 3-0 this season against Bay Area foes, defeating No. 11 Cal (2-1), San Jose State (3-2) and Stanford (2-1, 2OT)... USF improves to 2-0-0 in overtime matches this season after defeating Alabama A&M 3-2 (9/2).

Santa Clara - 0
California - 0 (OT)

BERKELEY, Calif. - The sixth-ranked Santa Clara Broncos played another tough match on Sunday afternoon against a Bay Area rival and the result was the same. After tying Stanford Friday night at home, the Broncos finished 0-0 with the California Golden Bears at Edwards Stadium. Freshman Kevin Klasila got his first start in goal and picked up his first career shutout with an outstanding effort. Offensively, the Broncos forced Cal goalkeeper Stefan Frei to make 12 saves, but they could not find the net.

Coming off the tie with Stanford on Friday, SCU came out looking to score early, as they went on the attack from the start of the game. In the opening 15 minutes, both senior Peter Lowry and junior Brian Martin tested Frei, but the Cal netminder was up to the challenge.

Sophomore Ryan Brown got his first start of the season at forward and his pace and constant movement helped keep the Bears on their heels. At the end of the first half, the Broncos had not allowed a shot on goal, and they had peppered Frei with 11 shots and forced him to make seven saves.

10 minutes into the second half, Klasila made his lone save of the game to keep Cal off the board. The Bears Pat Marion got open and put a header on frame, but Klasila was there to make the stop and preserve his shutout.

In overtime, neither team could break through despite three shots on goal by the Broncos. Freshman Jalil Anibaba had the final attempt with a shot in the final two minutes that Frei stopped.

The shutout was the third of the season for the Broncos.

SCU is back in action on Thursday, Sept. 20 with a Rivalry Series Match against San Jose State at 7 p.m. PT at Spartan Stadium in San Jose. The Broncos then play 2006 national runner-up UCLA at home on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. PT. Follow all the action at SantaClaraBroncos.com.