Sept. 24, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Gonzaga University's men's soccer team suffered a second straight West Coast Conference shutout, this time 4-0 at the University of San Diego on Sunday as the Bulldogs wrapped up their southern California swing to open WCC play.
The Bulldogs (3-4-1; 0-2-0) lost at Loyola Marymount University on Friday 1-0 in the WCC opener.
Sunday's loss was the second time this season the Bulldogs have been blanked 4-0, UC Davis turning the trick at Gonzaga on the opening weekend of the season. The loss was Gonzaga's worst in WCC play since Oct. 3, 2004, when the Toreros also posted a 4-0 home shutout victory. The Bulldogs also suffered back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 2004 when Gonzaga was blanked in its final three matches of the season.USD (7-1-0, 2-0-0) won its fifth straight match and its fourth straight shutout victory.
The Toreros didn't waste any time getting a solid scoring opportunity, Ciaran O'Brien getting a breakaway against Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins in the 10th minute, but his shot flew wide right.
USD scored its first goal at 18:34. O'Brien 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 Higgins, the shot going in just under the crossbar.
The Toreros took a 2-0 halftime lead. O'Brien intercepted a pass from the Gonzaga defense, eluded the defense and fired a shot past Higgins at 44:06.
USD added two insurance tallies in the second half.
Gonzaga was out shot 19-9. Higgins had four saves, while USD keeper Lance Friesz had two saves for the shutout.
Gonzaga completes a stretch of seven straight road matches when the Bulldogs travel to two-defending WCC champion University of San Francisco on Friday. The Bulldogs, who opened the season with back-to-back homes matches Aug. 25-27, return home for the first time since then when they entertain Santa Clara University on Oct. 6.