Sept. 24, 2006
Santa Clara got a first half goal by Keith Devey and a second half goal by Sean Danzeiser to upset #13 USF 2-1 Sunday at Negoesco Stadium.
Fifteenth ranked Santa Clara improved to 5-2-2, 1-0 in West Coast Conference play, while USF fell to 5-3-1, 0-2 in league action.
Santa Clara drew first blood in the third minute when Amaechi Igwe took a long pass and raced down the left side. He unleashed a hard bouncing shot that USF goalkeeper Geremy Uhl saved but was unable to control. The Broncos Keith Devey raced in, beat everyone to the loose ball and easily knocked the ball into the far side, just 2:40 into the contest.
USF and Santa Clara each had additional scoring chances in the first half. Santa Clara goalkeeper Joseph Buttitta blocked close shots by Aaron Chandler and Robert Smith before the Broncos' Peter Lowry hit the cross bar after chipping a long shot over Uhl.
Opening the second half, USF's Chandler and Jesse Henderson each missed shots just wide before Santa Clara struck again. Sean Danzeiser collided with a USF defender just inside the penalty box and then went in alone on Uhl, beating him low from 12 yards.
USF got to within a single goal with 19:44 remaining when Matt Languis beat SCU goalkeeper Joseph Buttitta from 20 yards.
The Dons continued to press and almost equalized immediately thereafter. Languis had a shot blocked by the Santa Clara defense and a follow up shot by Ardalan Attar sailed wide.
The Dons wound up outshooting Santa Clara 15-9 in the match.
USF kept the ball in their offensive end for the last 15 minutes but were unable to get the equalizer.
"I thought that it a very hard fought, well played college game," said Dons' head coach Erik Visser. "The early goal by Santa Clara changed the entire dynamic of the game. The second half we battled and played aggressively. We scored a good goal.
"This is obviously not the start of conference play we were looking for, but we've been in this situation before and now have to battle back."
The Dons continue their homestand Friday night when they host Gonzaga Friday.