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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps - 9/29

Sept. 29, 2006

LMU - 2
Santa Clara - 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - For the second straight year, the LMU men's soccer team went into Santa Clara's Buck Shaw Stadium needing a win to get back on track in the race for the West Coast Conference title, and for the second straight year, the Lions left Buck Shaw Stadium with a 2-1 victory. LMU has now won three straight games over Santa Clara, and four of the last five contests. The 2-1 victory improves LMU's overall record to 6-4, 2-1 in WCC action. The #15 Broncos fall to 5-3-2 overall, 1-1 in the WCC.

The Lions took an early lead in the game. Nick Blanco used some fancy ball movement inside the box to elude his defender and found Diego Barrera in front of the goal. Blanco found Barrera, who took one touch and volleyed the ball past SCU goalkeeper Joseph Buttitta to give LMU a 1-0 lead at 8:56.

LMU added to its lead in the 38th minute. After Diego Souza was fouled outside the box, Junior Ybarra drove a free kick to the top of the box. Jawaan Delaney drove through the ball, heading it past Buttitta to put the Lions up 2-0.

The Lions took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break despite being outshot, 7-4 in the first half. Both teams had three shots on goal, but the difference was that LMU goalkeeper Robert Flores stopped all three shots to keep the Broncos off the board in the first 45 minutes.

Santa Clara made it a one goal game in the 56th minute. Ryan Brown drove through the Lion defense and unleashed a shot to the upper corner of the back post to make it a 2-1 game.

However, defense ruled the rest of the game and the Lions pulled out the conference win. Although Santa Clara outshot LMU 13-5, the shots on goal advantage was just 5-3. Flores made four saves to record the victory, while Buttitta made one save for the Broncos.

It was the second straight physical contest for the Lions, who wrapped up non-conference action with the fewest number of fouls. SCU recorded 23 fouls while LMU had 14. SCU's Matt Hatske was given a red card in the 61st minute, giving the Lions a man advantage. However, that advantage was short lived as David Niemeyer picked up his second yellow card just over a minute later, and had to leave the game. Both Hatske and Niemeyer will miss the next game.

Before last year, LMU men's soccer had never recorded a win at Santa Clara's Buck Shaw Stadium. But last year the Lions broke that streak with a 2-1 win to complete the series sweep for 2005. Current senior Michael Ogletree headed in the game-winner in the 70th minute to break a 1-1 tie and give the Lions the win.

The Lions are looking for the road weekend sweep on Sunday when they take on Saint Mary's in Moraga at 2:00pm. The Gaels are the conference's only undefeated team with a 2-0 record. SMC started conference play with a 1-0 win over USF last weekend, and recorded a 4-2 win over San Diego this afternoon.

Sunday's game will be broadcast live and free on Lions All-Access on www. LMULions.com. Toby Kennedy will be bringing you all of the action from Saint Mary's Stadium.

Saint Mary's - 4
San Diego - 2

Moraga, CA - Freshman midfielder Dylan Leslie tallied his first career hat trick to lead the Gaels past the No. 10-ranked Toreros 4-2 Friday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. The victory marks the second time in as many games that SMC has downed a ranked opponent. After the win, the Gaels improve to 4-3-3 overall and 2-0 in West Coast Conference play.

The back-to-back victories over ranked opponents marks the first time in school history that the Gaels have accomplished that feat.

The Toreros, who were the highest scoring team in Division I soccer with 29 goals entering Friday, allowed four from a swarming Gaels offense, one more than USD has allowed all season.

Leslie got the Gaels on the board when he converted a penalty kick in the 18th minute to the right side of the net. Senior midfielder Corey Watts drew the foul after splitting two Torero defenders inside the box.

In the 30th minute, Leslie struck for his second goal of the match. Senior forward Matthew Fitzgerald broke loose down the left side of the USD half and slipped a perfect ball across the box to the far post run of Leslie. The newcomer buried the shot past USD goalkeeper Lance Friesz.

The Toreros then cut the Gaels lead to one on a cluster of shots that finally found net in the 59th minute. SMC goalkeeper Brian Mason came up big, making a save on a penalty kick. After the ball trickled out into the box, Dustin Guerrero scored after Mason made two saves from point blank range.

Leslie and the Gaels were not done though as one-minute later the freshman found the back of the net for the hat trick. Off a corner kick by sophomore forward Carlos Diaz, Leslie headed the ball into the upper left corner to give SMC a 3-1 advantage.

San Diego had not heard the last from a SMC newcomer, this time Bryan VanDoorninck put the game away with a goal in the 77th minute. Fellow freshman Mark Araujo made a key steal deep in USD territory and then found VanDoorninck with a through ball to set up a one-on-one that the newcomer buried for his first career goal.

The Toreros tacked on another goal in the 81st minute when J.T. Howlin scored on a one-timer from eight yards out.

The Gaels out-shot the potent Torero attack 13-10 and held USD to just two first half shots. Leslie led SMC with six shots, putting four on goal. The Toreros were led by Howlin and Michael Caso, who rallied off two shots a piece.

Friesz allowed four goals and made a game-high five saves while Mason earned the victory after allowing two goals and making three stops.

Saint Mary's will continue WCC action on Sunday, October 1 against Loyola Marymount. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium.

San Francisco - 2
Gonzaga - 1

San Francisco, CA - Aaron Chandler scored his 13th career game winning goal with 36:40 to play to pace 23rd ranked USF to a 2-1 West Coast men's soccer victory over Gonzaga Friday night at Negoesco Stadium.

Things were not easy for the Dons (6-3-1, 1-2 WCC) as visiting Gonzaga (3-5-1, 0-3 WCC) got on the board first. WCC leading scorer George Josten passed the ball through the Dons' defense to a wide-open Grant Lundberg who beat Geremy Uhl from seven yards to give the guests a quick 1-0 lead at 24:53.

The Dons would score the tying goal less than five minutes later when Zags' goalkeeper Vito Higgins bowled over Chandler in the penalty box at 29:14. The Dons Rob Valentino was able to blast the free shot into the lower right corner to equal the score at 1-1.

USF, who outshot Gonzaga 15-8, 10-2 in the second half, was able to take the lead early in the second half. Ardalan Attar deflected a Jesse Henderson pass to Chandler running through the box. The senior striker took the pass and had no problem beating Higgins to the lower left to give USF the lead at 53:20.

USF was able to hold on as both teams had chances saved by their goalkeepers in the final minutes.

"We came out tonight like a team that had lost three straight," said Dons' head coach Erik Visser. "They were able to take advantage of our tentative play and take the early lead. However, we pulled it together and were able to battle back and get the win. There are no easy wins in a West Coast Conference matchup.

Chandler's goal also was his fourteenth career WCC goal which puts him in third place in the league record books, just two behind Gonzaga's Jeff McAllister who totaled 16 from 1994-97.

The game was also a matchup of the two WCC co-Coaches of the Year of last season, USF's Erik Visser and Gonzaga's Einar Thorarinsson.

USF will continue at home, facing Portland Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Negoesco Stadium.

Portland - 3
Seattle - 0

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland sophomore forward Alex Elliott scored twice and senior keeper Luis Robles made nine saves as the Pilots shutout the Seattle Redhawks 3-0 in a non-conference men's soccer match Friday afternoon at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. The win is the second straight shutout for the Pilots (4-2-2, 1-1-0 West Coast Conference) and the fifth this season.

It was an active night for Robles (pictured) as he recorded his fourth shutout this season and 21st of his career. He is now one shutout away from tying Joe Garaventa (1977, 79-81) for third on UP's all-time career shutout list.

The two tallies give Elliott a team-high five goals this season, matching his season total from last year.

Seattle, an NCAA Division II school, drops to 8-3 this fall.

Elliott's first score came in the fifth minute off a long pass from junior defender Jeff Griffin. Griffin sent a beautiful ball towards Elliott, causing Seattle goal keeper Chris Sorenson to come off his line for a one-v-one opportunity. Elliott beat Sorenson to the ball, then easily scored on the empty net. Griffin was credited with the assist, his first this season.

Elliott made it 2-nil Pilots 15 minutes later off a another long pass, this time courtesy junior midfielder Matthew Dallman. From the right wing at midfield, Dallman found Elliott in the middle of the field, just outside of the box. Elliott took a touch before chipping it over a diving Sorenson and into the net from 15 yards out. Dallman now has two assists this fall.

Seattle's best chance in the first half came with 2:30 showing on the clock. A nifty pass found Andrew Kreiter alone in the box. Robles was able to dive and deflect the shot off of Kreiter's foot. Portland outshot the Redhawks 9-4 in the first period.

The Redhawks had a great opportunity about five minutes into the second half. Off a nice cross by Kreiter, Mutanda Kwesele tried to one touch it into the net just in front of the goal, but Robles was there for an acrobatic save.

The third Portland goal came on a Seattle own-goal in the 65th minute. Sophomore midfielder Leland Wright made a run down the right sideline. He then sent a cross in from the right wing, just in front of the goal mouth. A Seattle defender dove trying to deflect the ball out of bounds, but found the back of the net instead to make it 3-0.

The Redhawks looked to get on the board when they were awarded a penalty kick in the 70th minute. Seattle was granted the PK after the official ruled UP junior defender Eric Fredback had taken down an SU player in the box. Jason Cascio's attempt was wide right

For the game, Portland outshot the Redhawks 15-11. The Pilots had six corner kicks, while Seattle was awarded five.

The Pilots next return to conference play with a trip to San Francisco, Calif. Portland is slated to play the San Francisco Dons on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Portland then returns home for a three-game conference homestand, beginning with Saint Mary's on Oct. 6 at 7:00 p.m.