Sept. 16, 2007
(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).