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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 23, 2007

Gonzaga - 1
Northern Illinois - 0

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Freshman Philippe Garre took a pass from veteran George Josten and scored from 8 yards for his first career goal to give the 25th-ranked Gonzaga University's men's soccer team a 1-0 victory over Northern Illinois University Saturday night.

With the win the Bulldogs (5-2-0) won their second straight Stephen Hensor/Joe Zaher Classic hosted by Oregon State University. Gonzaga and NIU (2-3-3) both won their opening matches Friday to set up the winner-take-all meeting Saturday.

Garre, a forward from Scottsdale, Ariz., got the only goal the Bulldogs and keeper Vito Higgins would need at 44:41 on the give-and-go from Josten. For Josten it was his third assist of the season and the 13th of his career as he moved into a tie for fourth on the all-time Gonzaga list with Scott Yuska (2000-03) and Arni Ingi Pjetursson (2001-04). With his goal and assist Friday, it gives him seven goals and five assists in eight career matches in Corvallis. He had four goals and two assists in this tournament last year.

Higgins made three saves - all in the first half - and defender Daniel Scott also chipped in with a team save to help the native of Kailua, Hawai'i, record his second shutout of the season and the 10th of his career to become the third keeper in Bulldog history with 10 or more. The two ahead of him are also fellow Islanders - Josh Fouts (1996-98) with 19 and Mike McCarthey (1999-02) with 13.

Higgins and the Bulldogs survived one close call in the 37th minute when Scott, another Hawaiian native from Maui, kept Chris Rufa's shot from finding the net, the rebound came out to Drew Jeskey and Higgins made that save to thwart the Huskies.

Gonzaga out shot the Huskies 12-6, seven of the Bulldogs shots on goal as keeper Joe Zimka had six saves.

The Bulldogs won their third straight match and are off to their best start since 1997 when they opened the season 6-1 on the way to a 14-4-0 overall record and 4-2-0 West Coast Conference record that earned them a share of the regular-season title.

Saturday's match also saw two familiar coaches on opposing sidelines. NIU is coached by Steve Simmons, a 1994 Gonzaga men's assistant who replaced current Gonzaga head coach Einar Thorarinsson at Whitworth College in 1995 when Thorarinsson came across town to join the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs will open WCC play Saturday at the University of Portland in a 7 p.m. match.

Santa Clara - 2 (OT)
UCLA - 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The No. 7 Santa Clara men's soccer team won a thriller at Buck Shaw Stadium, defeating No. 5 UCLA 2-1 in overtime on a Jeff Cosgriff strike less than a minute into the extra session. Despite falling behind in the first half, SCU tied the game on a goal from Peter Lowry in the 86th minute to force overtime. Santa Clara is now 5-1-2 on the season with the victory.

Cosgriff's game-winner game just 39 seconds into overtime after a scramble in front of the Bruins' goal. A throw in from the left wing found junior Jide Ogunbiyi in the box and the ball deflected to Cosgriff in front of goal. Cosgriff then calmly chipped a shot over UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk to set off a raucous celebration.

Early on in the game, Santa Clara had the better of the play as well as a number of opportunities to take the lead. Ogunbiyi nearly put SCU up 1-0 17 minutes into the match after some great combination play at the top of the box by the Broncos. Junior Brian Martin received a pass from redshirt freshman Kellen Wantulok and found Matt Marquess at the top of the box. Marquess played a ball for Lowry that got deflected and rolled towards the net. Ogunbiyi beat the goalkeeper to the ball but his sliding shot skidded wide on the wet grass.

In the 31st minute, Marquess had a go from long range that forced a good save from UCLA goalkeeper Brian Perk. Ogunbiyi took a pass at the edge of the penalty box and laid it off for Marquess, who sent a low one-timer on net, but Perk got down to make the save.

Mike Zaher got the Bruins on the board in the late stages of the first half with an astounding long-range shot into the lower corner. The Bruin defender picked up the ball 35 yards from goal and unloaded a left-footer that skimmed into the far post past a diving Kevin Klasila. The goal came in the 38th minute.

Klasila came up big in the 54th minute with a save at the near post. UCLA's Richard Flores got free behind the defense and broke down the left wing and cut to the middle. He fired a low shot, but Klasila dove to his left to make the save and then gather in the rebound.

The game changed in the 68th minute when Flores was shown a red card by referee Yader Reyes. Flores stamped down on Stephen McCarthy's leg after a tackle by McCarthy and he was immediately sent off.

The Broncos began to put numbers forward and Marquess had the equalizer in his sights with 19 minutes left, but his volley at the far post missed the net by inches. Lowry set up Marquess with a perfect cross from the left wing to the back post. Marquess beat his defender and side-footed a shot that hit the outside of the goal.

Lowry scored a dramatic tying goal for the second straight home match on a beautiful play that started on the left wing. Matt Hatzke sent a cross to the far post right onto the foot of Brian Curry. Curry volleyed a ball back across the goal mouth for Lowry, who made no mistake as he buried a shot past Perk into the near post. The goal was Lowry's five of the year and third in the past two games. He also scored in the final minutes last week against Stanford to send the game to overtime. Lowry now has 19 career goals at SCU, tying him for ninth all-time in program history for goals scored.

Santa Clara now has two weeks off before the team opens West Coast Conference play on the road. SCU travels to Southern California to play Loyola Marymount on Oct. 5 and San Diego on Oct. 7. The LMU match begins at 4 p.m. PT and the USD game kicks off at 2 p.m. PT. Follow all the action on SantaClaraBroncos.com.

New Mexico - 2
San Francisco - 0

SAN FRANCISCO - No. 12 San Francisco (4-3-0) suffered their second straight shutout loss as No. 28 New Mexico (5-3-0) won a 2-0 decision Saturday evening at Negoesco Field. The result came despite the Dons outshooting the Lobos, 10-9.

New Mexico sophomore midfielder Justin Davis scored the Lobos first goal in the 29th minute as he took a pass from junior midfielder Jack Smithson and fired on an open net created by a charging Jeremy Coupe, USF's goalkeeper. The score was 1-0 at halftime with New Mexico leading in shots, 4-3.

In the 51st minute, Lobo junior forward Chris Wright beat out three Dons with fancy footwork then aimed and scored at the top left corner of the USF goal.

Davis led all players with four shots, three on goal. Sophomore forward Conor Chinn, freshman defender Victor Cortez and freshman forward Rafai Eddy had two shots a piece to pace USF.

New Mexico senior goalkeeper Mike Graczyk, a CollegeSoccerNews.com Preseason All-American, had two saves on the night. Coupe made four saves between the pipes for the Dons.

"Tonight we lost to a very good team," USF head coach Erik Visser said. "Our team has shown that it is not yet ready to put back-to-back quality performances together against elite teams. After the first seven games, we have shown the ability to compete with the top teams in the country, however we still need to put in two weeks of quality practice in order to compete effectively in the West Coast Conference."

USF continues its four-match home stand when it opens West Coast Conference play against the Pacific Northwest schools, beginning Friday, October 5 against Portland. Game time against the Pilots is set for 7:00 PM at Negoesco Stadium.

DONS' NOTES - Saturday's match was a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament first round battle which saw New Mexico win, 1-0, with a goal made in the 90th minute... it's the second straight shutout victory for Graczyk over the Dons... the New Mexico goalkeeper has three shutouts on the season, two this week as the Lobos defeated Cal State Northridge, 4-0, on Thursday.