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Conor Chinn Overtime Winner Gives #23 USF 3-2 Win Over Portland

Oct. 1, 2006

USF Freshman forward Conor Chinn stole a pass in the Portland defense and blasted it by Pilots goalkeeper Luis Robles 33 seconds into overtime to give 23rd ranked USF a 3-2 come from behind men's soccer victory over Portland Sunday afternoon at Negoesco Stadium. It was the third straight match between the Pilots and Dons decided in extra time.

For the second straight game at home, USF (7-3-1, 2-2 WCC) gave up an early goal and had to play from behind, both resulting in victories. The Pilots (4-3-2, 1-2 WCC) scored at the 3:24 mark when Logan Emory headed a Jeff Griffin corner kick past USF goalkeeper Geremy Uhl from close range.

The Dons fought back and equalized on Neil Stuart's first career goal. He took a looping pass from Kyle Schlumpf in the box, trapped it on his chest and poked it past Robles to tie the score at 1-1.

The Dons, who dominated play most of the afternoon, were unable to finish many chances as they outshot their guests 19-6, bit once again it was Portland who would take the lead again.

USF failed again to defend on a corner kick and Griffin's kick was deflected to Collen Warner all alone five yards in front of the net. Griffin picked the corner and put the Pilots ahead at 65:59.

Aaron Chandler, who scored the Dons' winning goal in Friday's win over Gonzaga, was able to again pull the Dons' even. After Geremy Uhl kicked the ball the length of the field it was deflected by Chinn to Chandler, who knocked it into a vacated net at 70:45.

Chandler's goal was his 15th career West Coast Conference goal, putting him tied for second place in league history with Guillermo Jara of USD, one score behind all-time leading scorer Jeff McAllister of Gonzaga.

Again after several near misses, the game headed into overtime, but the extra period did not last long. Chinn stole a pass in the Pilots defense and he placed it under Robles into the lower left corner to end the contest and give the Dons their second consecutive win at 90:33. Chinn is in his first year of collegiate soccer after transferring down from Seattle University this fall.

"I thought that this was the best West Coast Conference game we have played all season," said Dons' head coach Erik Visser. "We dominated play most of the contest and created chances for ourselves.

"We made two critical mistakes on their corners that cost us two goals. We need to improve our concentration on those plays," he added

USF will again become road warriors as they play three straight road games starting next weekend when they are in Southern California to play at LMU Friday and San Diego Sunday. They then host their alumni game on October 14th.