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San Diego Defeats Portland In Conference Opener

Sept. 22, 2006

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif - The University of San Diego men's soccer team (6-1-0) held on to a 1-0 victory over the University of Portland Pilots (2-2-2) Friday evening at Torero Stadium. San Diego remains undefeated at home with six wins, also adding to their shut out total lifting them to five so far this season.

The lone goal came early in the first half as USD popped a high arcing ball towards the Portland penalty box. In the 23rd minute, a Pilot defender headed the ball back towards the goalkeeper Luis Robles who attempted to clear the ball. Forward Ciaran O'Brien blocked the Robles kick as the ball deflected down the end line on the far side of the field. Robles, who was out of the goalie box, scrambled to cover the net as O'Brien ran after the ball. O'Brien took a couple dribbles and threaded the ball from a tight angle along the end line past Robles and into the near side of the net for the unassisted goal and the 1-0 victory.

For Portland, Robles recorded three saves and one goal against. The Pilots posted 10 total shots as a team committing 15 fouls. Forward Alex Elliott recorded a team high four shots, two of which were on goal.

O'Brien record's his third goal of the season for San Diego. Lance Friesz has a two-game shut out streak while recording four saves. Forward Ryan Guy had a team high four shots, while midfielder Dustin Guerrero recorded two shots, one of which was a shot on goal.

San Diego continues conference action with their second WCC game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs scheduled for Sunday, September 24 at 2:30 p.m. at Torero Stadium.