Sept. 24, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer (7-1-0, 2-0 WCC) team rolled over West Coast Conference opponent Gonzaga University (3-4-1, 0-2 WCC) defeating the Bulldogs 4-0 Sunday afternoon at Torero Stadium in front of more than 500 fans.
With the win, San Diego posts their seventh win of the season pushing their win streak to five in a row. The team recorded their fourth straight shut out victory bringing their total number of shut outs to six this season.
San Diego came out ready for battle when in the 10th minute forward Ryan Guy headed the ball from midfield to midfielder Ciaran O'Brien who had a breakaway dash for the net going one-on-one against the goalkeeper but his shot flew wide right.
It was in the 19th minute that O'Brien redeemed himself when from outside the penalty box he popped the ball high in the air towards the Gonzaga goal. Midfielder Tannen Wels was inside the penalty box and went air born with his back to the goal and a defender on him. Wels headed the ball off the back of his head high in the air and over goalkeeper Vito Higgins which flew just under the cross bar and into the center of the goal for a 1-0 lead.
Just before half in the 45th minute, midfielder Kevin Meissner pushed the ball up field only to have it stolen by the Gonzaga defense. The defender passed it back to the goalie with a header not seeing O'Brien streaking up field. O'Brien intercepted the pass and broke away from the defense and firing off a shot past Higgins lifting San Diego to a 2-0 lead.
In the 62nd minute, San Diego goalkeeper Lance Friesz booted a ball deep into Bulldog territory. A quick header from forward Adam Mariani to Guy who was off to the races sprinting towards the Gonzaga goal with the ball. Guy's break away shot landed past Higgins into the lower right corner bringing San Diego to a 3-0 lead.
San Diego's final goal came in the 71st minute when forward Chase Tangney sprinted up the nearside of the field with the ball. Tangney sent a pass to the center of the goalie box where it met Mariani who headed it into the corner of the net sealing the 4-0 victory for the Toreros.
For the Bulldogs, Higgins finished with four goals against and recorded four saves. John Palladino and Ben Funkhouser each recorded two shots, and one shot on goal. Gonzaga finished with nine total shots.
For the Toreros, O'Brien finished with a team high six shots, one shot on goal, one goal and one assist. Wels, Guy, and Mariani each had one shot and one goal on the day. The Toreros posted 19 total shots against the Bulldogs and goalkeeper Lance Friesz recorded two saves.
The Toreros continue WCC action as they will leave for a road trip this upcoming weekend to take on Saint Mary's College on Friday, September 29 at 4:00 p.m. in Moraga, Calif., and Santa Clara University on Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 p.m. in Santa Clara, Calif.