Sept. 29, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team (7-2-0, 2-1 WCC) suffered their first loss since September 1 to Saint Mary's College (4-3-3, 2-0, 2-0 WCC) Friday evening, 4-2 in Moraga, California.
Saint Mary's came out firing when in the 19th minute, San Diego committed a foul on the Gaels inside their own penalty box. Gaels defender Dylan Leslie lined up the penalty shot against senior goalkeeper Lance Friesz who was unable to block the kick as Saint Mary's took a 1-0 lead.
Leslie followed that shot with his second goal in the 31st minute when his teammate forward Matthew Fitzgerald put up a centering pass across the penalty box. Leslie received the pass from inside the box taking his shot past Friesz to the far post low into the net for a 2-0 lead going into halftime.
In the 60th minute, Saint Mary's committed a foul against USD in the penalty box. Forward Michael Caso lined up the penalty kick which was blocked by Gaels goalkeeper Brian Mason. The deflected ball landed in front of Dustin Guerrero who followed up with a shot past Mason cutting Saint Mary's lead 2-1.
In the 61st minute, Saint Mary's responded as they received a corner kick. Forward Carlos Diaz sent a ball into the penalty box where it found Leslie again who headed the ball into net completing the hat trick.
In the 78th minute, Gaels midfielder Bryan Vandoorninck received a pass from Mark Araujo from the far side of the field. Vandoorninck broke away from the Torero defense finding himself one-on-one against Friesz, took the shot making it a 4-1 lead.
San Diego, still battling responded in the 82nd minute when freshman forward JT Howlan sprinted up field with the ball firing off a shot from eight yards out recording an unassisted goal cutting the Saint Mary's lead 4-2. However, San Diego's second effort was not enough to get the win.
Saint Mary's posted 13 shots against San Diego. Leslie recorded a team high six shots for the Gaels finishing with a hat trick scoring three goals. Mason recorded three saves allowing two goals.
For San Diego, Caso and Howland recorded a team high two shots each. Guerrero and Howlan were the goal scorers for USD. San Diego posted a season low 10 shots against Saint Mary's. Friesz recorded five saves allowing four goals in the match.The Toreros remain in the Bay Area as they wait to take on Santa Clara University on Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 p.m. from Buck Shaw Stadium.