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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 17, 2006

Loyola Marymount - 2
Cal Baptist - 1

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU men's soccer team returned to Sullivan Field for a 2-1 win over Cal Baptist this afternoon. The Lions had played three straight road games, but were triumphant in the first game of a three-game home stand. Jay Singh scored his first career goal, and David Niemeyer put in the eventual game-winner. The Lions wrap up non-conference play with a 4-3 record and open WCC action on Friday, hosting Gonzaga at 4:00pm.

Singh put LMU ahead early. The Lions were awarded a free kick outside the 18 yard box, and Singh was the Lion to take it. He saw the empty far post and his low hard shot went bounced through the entire crowd and into the net to put LMU up 1-0 at 16:09.

The Lions added to their lead in the 34th minute. Jawaan Delaney found Pasquale Murrillo streaking down the left side. The freshman who was appearing in his first career game found the head of senior forward Niemeyer. The Long Beach, CA native flicked the ball to the far post to put LMU ahead 2-0.

The Lancers cut into the Lion lead in the second half. When a CBU player was taken down inside the box on a long pass, Houtan Malayeri stepped up to take the penalty kick. He converted with a shot to the right to cut the LMU lead in half.

CBU did not manage another shot on goal, and the Lions pulled out the 2-1 win.

LMU outshot Cal Baptist 12-8, led by Niemeyer with three shots. Benitez made one save to pick up his second win of the season. Josh Blanco allowed the two LMU goals in the first half, and Casey Pradmore made four saves in the second half to keep LMU at two goals.

The Lions return to action next weekend, opening conference play by hosting Gonzaga and Portland. LMU will take on the Bulldogs on Friday afternoon at 4:00pm, and host the Pilots on Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm. Sunday's game is the second of a doubleheader with the women's team who hosts USC at 1:00pm.

San Diego - 11
Rider - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team (5-1-0) posted a shut out victory Sunday afternoon defeating the Rider University Broncs (3-3-2) 11-0 at Torero Stadium. Today's win is the fourth shut out this season and also keeps San Diego undefeated at home allowing only one goal when playing at Torero Stadium. The victory also broke two team single-game records, tied one team single-game record, and broke one individual single-game record.

Today's 11 goals is a new record for most team goals scored in a single match (9-0 vs. Gonzaga on Nov. 1, 1992). The five goals in the opening period breaks the most team goals scored in the first half (4 vs. Gonzaga on Nov. 1, 1992 and again vs. Point Loma Nazarene on Sept. 6, 2000). The six goals in the second half ties the school record for most team goals scored in the second half (6 vs. Drake on Sept. 20, 2002). Today's match featured four Toreros scoring two goals each and three Toreros scoring one goal. Eight different Toreros recorded one or more assists in the match.

In the opening three minutes of the match San Diego managed to fire off three shots against Rider goalkeeper Daniel Riverso. USD's first goal came in the 14th minute when defender Sam Reeder lined up for a free kick from 35 yards away from the net. Reeder tapped the ball to forward Ciaran O'Brien who lofted the ball to the far side of the field to forward Michael Caso who headed the ball into the corner of the net from 10 yards out taking a 1-0 lead. Credit the assist to O'Brien and Reeder.

In the 30th minute of the match, Caso streaked up the far sideline with the ball booting a pass to the center to midfielder Dustin Guerrero. With a Broncs defender on him, Guerrero fired off a shot from 15 yards out past Riverso in the upper right corner of the goal for a 2-0 lead. Credit Caso with the assist.

In the 39th minute, forward Nick Leonard had the ball at the top of the penalty box weaving through defenders and passed to forward Adam Mariani who was 12 yards from the goal. Mariani took the shot landing it in the lower left corner for a 3-0 lead. Credit the assist to Leonard.

Less than a minute later forward JT Howlan found Guerrero inside the penalty box. Guerrero dribbled past a defender and was tripped up in front of the net. His second effort paid off as he got up and fired off a shot past Riverso scoring San Diego's fourth goal of the half. Credit Howlan with the assist.

In the 44th minute, San Diego got a free kick from outside the penalty box. The first shot missed and was deflected to the right where midfielder Kevin Meissner passed the ball inside the goalie box to Nick Leonard who took the shot from three yards away giving the Toreros a 5-0 lead at the end of the first half. Credit the assist to Meissner.

San Diego continued to dominate when in the 48th minute when Caso received a pass from Howlan at midfield. Caso sprinted up field with the ball past the Rider defense with Riverso charging at him to make the stop. Caso took the shot past the goalie and found the net for a 6-0 lead. Credit Howlan with the assist.

In the 59th minute, forward Ryan Guy took a shot on goal which was saved by Riverso but rebounded back to defender Tim Grey. Grey recorded his first career goal as a Torero from 10 yards out lifting San Diego to a 7-0 lead. Credit the assist to Guy.

In the 67th minute, Howlan had the ball on the far side and rocketed a centering pass to forward Eric Pohl who found himself 10 yards away from the net. Pohl took the shot which was almost saved by Riverso, but found its way into the net for an 8-0 lead. Credit Howlan with the assist.

In the 72nd minute, Guy had the ball on the far side at midfield looking to pass off the ball. He centered the ball with a pass to Mariani who took off up the field past Broncs defenders. Mariani took his shot from inside the penalty box and scored for a 9-0 lead. Credit the assist to Guy.

Less than a minute later, Howlan found Guy who dribbled up the far side of the field and taking the ball into the penalty box where he found his opportunity to score and took it bringing San Diego to a 10-0 lead.

Rider made a goalie change in the 75th minute bringing in Randall Zapolski. Mariani found Leonard in the 85th minute inside the penalty box for USD's final goal of the match as Leonard got off a shot past Zapolski for an 11-0 win.

For Rider, the Broncs took three shots against the Toreros and recorded one corner kick. Riverso had 10 goals against and six saves on the day. Zapolski had one goal against with one save.

For San Diego, Caso, Guerrero, Mariani, and Leonard all had two goals. Grey, Pohl, and Guy each had one goal. Howlan recorded a team high four assists, a new individual-single game record (Many players with 3, last accomplished by Tyler Conley vs. Drake on Sept. 20, 2002). Guy recorded two assist, while O'Brien, Reeder, Caso, Leonard, Meissner, and Mariani all recorded one assist. Goalkeeper Lance Friesz recorded one save on the day. The Toreros as a team recorded 25 shots and six corner kicks.

San Diego returns to action as they begin West Coast Conference play on Friday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m. against the University of Portland Pilots at Torero Stadium.

Northern Illinois - 1
Portland - 0

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Northern Illinois Huskies scored on a penalty kick in the 10th minute to defeat the Portland Pilots 1-0 in a non-conference men's soccer match at the Husky Fever Classic in Seattle, Wash. on Sunday. It's the first loss this season for the Pilots, who drop to 2-1-2.

The Pilots outshot the Huskies 14-10 and had seven corner kicks to Northern Illinois' two. The match featured seven yellow cards, with Portland receiving four and NIU (5-3-0) two. Each team was whistled for three offsides calls.

UP senior keeper Luis Robles was solid in the net with three saves, giving him 275 career saves. Robles is now third all-time in the Portland record books for saves.

Northern Illinois goalie Joe Zimka had five saves for the Huskies.

Senior Christopher Sanders and sophomore Alex Elliott led the Portland attack, as the forwards each took three shots for the game.

Northern Illinois scored the game's only goal on a penalty kick in the 10th minute. Marcus McCarty was awarded the PK after Portland freshman defender Logan Emory was called for a foul in the box. It's McCarty's team-leading fourth goal this season.

The Pilots had a great opportunity in the second half when they ripped two shots within a matter of seconds. Both shots from sophomore midfielder Brayton Knapp and freshman midfielder Collen Warner were blocked by Husky defenders.

The Pilots next travel to California for their first two conference games of the season. The Pilots face the San Diego Toreros at 7:00 p.m. Friday night in San Diego. Portland then takes on Loyola Marymount at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday in Los Angeles.

UC Irvine - 2
Saint Mary's - 1

Las Vegas, NV - The Saint Mary's men's soccer team rallied to even the score 1-1 by halftime but eventually fell 2-1 to UC Irvine in the UNLV Rebel Classic finale Sunday afternoon from Peter Johann Field. After the day, the Gaels move to 2-3-3 on the season.

The Anteaters (5-1-1) opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Matt Murphy buried a free kick from 25-yards out.

The Gaels would answer before the intermission when Corey Heldreth recorded his first career goal. The outside back drilled a header off a Carlos Diaz cross that evened the score.

UC Irvine then tallied the game-winner just three minutes into the second half. At the 48-minute mark, Rafael Macedo cleaned up a deflection and found net far post to hand the Anteaters their fifth win on the year.

Both teams rallied off 10 shots a piece. Diaz led the Gaels with three shots, putting all three on frame. The freshman duo of Bryan VanDoorninck and Dylan Leslie recorded two shots each with all on goal. Brad Evans and Murphy tallied three shots a piece for UC Irvine.

In his second career start, Keenen Flynn tallied six saves and allowed two goals for SMC. Kenny Schoeni recorded a game-high eight saves for UCI and allowed one goal.

Saint Mary's will return to action on Friday, September 22 against the University of San Francisco. The conference opener will begin at 4 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium.

UCLA - 2
San Francisco - 0

Maxwell Griffin scored in the first half and David Estrada scored in the final minutes as 16th ranked UCLA upset #8 USF 2-0 at Drake Stadium on the UCLA campus Sunday.

It was the first loss of the season for USF (5-1-1) who has played all but one of its games away from home. For UCLA (4-2-1) it concluded a big weekend, with the Bruins defeating Santa Clara Friday night and the Dons Sunday earning their third and fourth straight wins.

The Bruins got on the board first in the 17th minute. Freshman midfielder Michael Stephens sent in a pass to freshman defender Chance Myers on the right side, and Myers slotted a cross to Griffin in the box. Griffin, who celebrated his 19th birthday today, dribbled between two defenders and beat San Francisco goalkeeper Geremy Uhl for the game's first goal.

San Francisco had a good opportunity to equalize in the 36th minute when Aaron Chandler took a hard shot, but UCLA goalkeeper Eric Reed was there to make the stop. Reed made another spectacular save a minute into the second half, leaping high to knock a Brandon McDonald shot over the endline.

Finally the Bruins put the game out or reach when David Estrada scored with less than two minutes remaining after taking a throw in pass from Sal Zizzo. UCLA scored on both shots that were on goal and became the first team to score more than a goal on USF.

The Dons were denied a chance to score late in the game when Ardalan Attar was pulled down in the box during a scoring chance, but no call was made.

"UCLA is a very good team and the most technical squad we have played against," said Dons Head Coach Erik Visser. "After a tough win at Northridge Friday we felt it was better to play a conservative game and the team did a great job of executing that strategy. We had four or five chances to score and UCLA had none until we gave up the goal at the end of the game.

"I am very proud of how the team competed today and the entire preseason. We had six of our seven games on the road and earned a 5-1-1 mark. The team now is focused on defending its two consecutive West Coast Conference crowns. That starts Friday in Moraga against a good St. Mary's squad. Then we host Santa Clara next Sunday night in what should be a great game."

Cal State Northridge - 4
Santa Clara - 1

Northridge, Calif. - Despite scoring the first goal of the game on Sunday against Cal State Northridge, the sixth-ranked Santa Clara Bronco men's soccer team fell 4-1 at Matador Stadium in Northridge, Calif. Peter Lowry gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead with his team-leading fourth goal of the season early in the first half, but the Matadors of CSUN exploded for four second half goals. After starting the year with a five-game unbeaten streak, SCU (4-2-1) has now lost two straight games.

Lowry put the Broncos on the board early on with his third penalty kick of the season in the 11th minute. Brian Martin got into the box and maneuvered around a defender before being brought down to draw the penalty kick. Lowry, who has now made six penalty kicks in his career, calmly found the corner of the net to give Santa Clara the 1-0 advantage.

Despite being out-shot 7-2 in the first half, the Broncos entered the halftime break with the lead. Santa Clara goalkeeper Joseph Buttita made two saves in the first half to keep the Matadors scoreless through the first 45 minutes.

However, the Matadors roared out of the gate in the second half to get back into the game. They evened the game 1-1 two minutes after the halftime break as Devin Deldo scored on a low shot to the near post.

CSUN did not stop there as they struck for two more goals in the span of four minutes to move out to a two-goal advantage. Fergie Agwu, who notched an assist on the first goal, got a goal of his own beating Buttita to the lower right corner in the 54th minute. Adrian Lopez then forced a turnover and fed Ryan Rossi for an easy tap-in for the Matadors to give them a 3-1 advantage with 32 minutes remaining in the game.

With the Broncos pushing forward looking to get back into the game, Cal State Northridge put the game away with their fourth goal off the foot of freshman Sunghyun Kim in the 84th minute. Agwu fed Kim and he finished with a shot past Broncos goalkeeper Ari Zlotoff, who entered the match midway through the second half for Buttita.

The Broncos return to action next weekend facing two Bay Area rivals. On Friday, Sept. 22, SCU welcomes the Spartans of San Jose State to Buck Shaw Stadium for a 6:00 p.m. PT match in the first game of a doubleheader. The Bronco women play the UCLA Bruins following the men's match. The match will be the second Rivalry Series event of 2006, with the Bronco volleyball team giving Santa Clara the lead in the annual competition last week.

On Sunday, Sept. 24, SCU will open its West Coast Conference slate with a big match against the University of San Francisco on the road. The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. PT from Negoesco Stadium in San Francisco. The Broncos and the Dons were picked to finish at the top of the WCC in the preseason coaches poll. Fans can follow the action for both games live at SantaClaraBroncos.com.