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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 22, 2006

Loyola Marymount - 1
Gonzaga - 0

Los Angeles, Calif. - Brad Stisser scored the game's only goal on a penalty kick to lead the LMU men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Gonzaga in both teams' West Coast Conference opener this afternoon at Sullivan Field. LMU outshot Gonzaga 14-3, including a 6-0 advantage in shots on goal. The Lions look for the weekend sweep on Sunday when they host Portland at 4:00pm at Sullivan Field.

LMU (5-3) outshot Gonzaga (3-3-1) 7-1 in the first half, and had its best chance to score come late in the opening period. All three of LMU's shots on goal came in the final five minutes of the half, with Stisser and Souza forcing Gonzaga goalkeeper Vito Higgins to make big saves to keep the game scoreless.

The Lions controlled the game in the second half as well, as the combination of Nick Blanco, Diego Barrera and Stisser worked well to give LMU several offensive opportunities. However, the Lions could not find the back of the net until the 62nd minute.

Junior Ybarra served in a corner kick that bounced into the Gonzaga box, and a Bulldog player got a hand on the ball. The referee whistled for the penalty kick and Stisser stepped in. His shot to the right went past Higgins who dove to the left and the goal would be all that LMU needed.

The Lions outshot Gonzaga 7-2 in the second half, and again, LMU goalkeeper Robert Flores did not have to make any saves as the Bulldogs did not have any shots on goal.

Tye Perdido had all three shots for the Bulldogs. LMU's defense was solid all day, and the backline of Bobby Burling, Jawaan Delaney, Bo Miller and Garrett Maloney combined to shut down the WCC's leading scorer, George Josten, and not allow him to get off a single shot. Josten came into today's game with six goals and three assists in six games.

Stisser led all players with four shots, and Alex Proano added three shots. Higgins made five saves in net for the Bulldogs, and Flores did not have to make a save to record his second shutout of the season.

The Lions are looking for the sweep in the opening weekend of WCC play when they host Portland on Sunday at 4:00pm. The game will be the second of a doubleheader with the women's team. The Women of Troy will come to Sullivan Field to face off against LMU on Sunday at 1:00pm.

San Diego - 1
Portland - 0

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.

Saint Mary's - 1
San Francisco - 0

Moraga, Calif. - Alex Christlieb scored on a one time volley of a Mark Araujo cross 20:32 into the match as St. Mary's upset defending WCC champion USF 1-0 Friday afternoon in Moraga in the opening game of West Coast Conference play.

The Dons (5-2-1, 0-1 WCC), ranked 13th in the nation, failed to score in the contest as shots by Adam Bergman and Matt Languis both hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced down and away. USF outshot the Gaels (3-3-3, 1-0 WCC) 11-9 in the contest.

"It was not one of our better games," said Dons' head coach Erik Visser, who watched the game from the press box after being ejected in last Sunday's loss to UCLA. "We got off to a poor start in the first half and were unable to bounce back. Give credit to St. Mary's as they played a good game."

It was the second straight season that USF was upset in the league opener in Moraga by the same 1-0 score and the second straight shutout loss for the Dons who dropped a 2-0 decision at UCLA last Sunday.

Things get no easier for the Dons who host #15 Santa Clara Sunday night at Negoesco Stadium. The 7:00 p.m. game will be just the second home game for USF this season.

Santa Clara - 0
San Jose State - 0

Santa Clara, Calif. - The 15th ranked Santa Clara men's soccer team earned a 0-0 overtime tie with the visiting San Jose State University Spartans in a Rivalry Series match on Friday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Broncos, looking to rebound from two losses last weekend, came out strong and fired 23 shots at the Spartan net, but could not come away with a goal. Joseph Buttitta played a solid game in net to earn his third shutout of the year as the Broncos pushed their record to 4-2-2. Junior Matt Hatzke returned to the lineup and provided solid play in the defense alongside junior Matt Marquess, junior Jamil Roberts and freshman Chris Sauter to keep the Spartans at bay.

The game started out a even pace as neither team was able to create many clear-cut chances early on. The Broncos three-man frontline of senior Keith DeVey, freshman Amaechi Igwe and sophomore Brian Martin could not find many openings during the run of play.

On set pieces, however, SCU was able to generate some attacks as Stephen McCarthy and Jamil Roberts both nearly gave the Broncos the lead 11 minutes into the game. Peter Lowry set up McCarthy for a header that was saved. Moments later a free kick set up Roberts for another opportunity but San Jose State goalkeeper Richard Mann was there to make the save.

While the first half did not bring a goal for either team, the Broncos stormed out of gate after halftime looking to break the deadlock. Less than two minutes into the half, Jeff Cosgriff got himself free but his blast went wide of the goal. Freshman Chris Sauter then got on the end of the corner kick but his close-range shot was smothered by Mann.

Despite the pressure from SCU, the Spartans came back with a great opportunity in the 58th minute but Diego Soto's shot sailed high.

Santa Clara continued to push forward as the game headed into the final minutes with four different players having chances to put the Spartans away in the final 20 minutes. Igwe stared the flurry with a shot from close-range that went just high. Cosgriff followed with a shot with under 10 minutes to go just past the left post and Martin then ripped a shot that whistled by the opposite post just a minute later.

The Broncos best chance to win the game in regulation came off the foot of freshman Sean Danzeiser on a great individual effort. After forcing a turnover by the Spartans' defense, Danzeiser found himself in alone with Mann, but his right-footed shot was saved by the San Jose State goalkeeper.

In overtime, Sauter almost made himself a hero on the Mission Campus, but Mann robbed him with a spectacular diving save to preserve the tie. Lowry swung in a corner that Sauter was able to re-direct to the corner before Mann dove and tipped the ball just past the post. On the ensuing corner kick, Cosgriff headed a shot over the bar on what would prove to be the Broncos last true opportunity of the evening.

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.