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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps - 10/1

Oct. 1, 2006

San Francisco - 3
Portland - 2 (OT)

San Francisco, CA - 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.

Santa Clara - 2
San Diego - 1

Santa Clara, Calif. - The 15th ranked Santa Clara men's soccer team responded to its loss on Friday night with a big 2-1 West Coast Conference victory over No. 10 San Diego on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Broncos (6-3-2, 2-1-0 in WCC) jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead and then held on for a 2-1 victory against the Toreros. Senior Keith DeVey scored his fourth goal of the year just five minutes into the match and sophomore Brian Martin scored just before halftime to send the Broncos on their way. Despite a goal by the Toreros in the second half, the defense, anchored by goalkeeper Joseph Buttitta's six saves, held strong as SCU moved its home record to 2-1-2.

After the loss on Friday night to Loyola Marymount, the Broncos came out with some lineup changes, as Brian Martin moved out wide to the left, while Sean Danzeiser made his second career start. Also, Garrett Frechette played left back in place of Matt Hatzke, who was forced to sit out the game following his red card on Friday night.

The changes appeared to help as SCU jumped out to an early lead. Just as he did last Sunday in San Francisco, DeVey scored an early goal with an opportunistic strike in the fifth minute. Martin beat his man to the endline on the left wing and whipped a cross in that headed straight for the near post upper corner. Toreros goalkeeper Lance Friesz was forced to make the save, but he could not prevent a rebound. The ball fell to DeVey who left-footed the ball into the open goal for his fourth of the season and 18th of his career.

USD appeared poised to tie the game less than 10 minutes later on a well executed counterattack. After forcing a turnover, the Toreros moved the ball wide to the right wing. A low cross then found Tannen Wels just inside the 18-yard box, where he side-footed a low shot to the corner. Buttitta got down low to block the shot, and then recovered to gather in the rebound.

The Broncos then went on the offensive as DeVey nearly scored his second of the day off a corner kick. Freshman Jeff Cosgriff sent the corner to the back post and the ball was knocked back to the near post for a waiting DeVey. He elevated and powered a header to the near post, but Friesz reacted well to make the stop in the 36th minute.

Friesz was unable to stop Martin seven minutes later as the sophomore's great work rate led to his first career goal at Santa Clara. Martin forced the defense into a turnover and then beat a man before sliding a low shot under Friesz and into the far corner for a 2-0 lead.

The Broncos victory would not come easy as USD came out hard after halftime and was rewarded with a goal in the 56th minute. Ryan Guy picked up the ball on the right wing after a foul by SCU. He fed a pass ahead to Kevin Meissner, who spun his defender and got into the box before finishing into the far post to cut the deficit to one.

San Diego continued to send players forward looking for the equalizer, but the Bronco defense stiffened and limited the Toreros chances in the final 30 minutes. Buttitta easily stopped San Diego's final dangerous chance with a save on a long-range blast by reigning WCC Player of the Week Ciaran O'Brien in the 84th minute.

Santa Clara heads out on an important two-game road trip next weekend in the Pacific Northwest. On Friday, Oct. 6, the Broncos play the Gonzaga Bulldogs at 3:00 p.m. PT at Martin Field in Spokane, Wash. Then on Sunday, Oct. 8, SCU invades the Clive Charles Soccer Complex in Portland, Ore. to take on the University of Portland Pilots at 2:15 p.m. PT.

LMU - 1
Saint Mary's - 1 (2OT)

Moraga, CA - The Saint Mary's men's soccer team played Loyola Marymount to a 1-1 draw Sunday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. The Gaels finished off their West Coast Conference homestand undefeated with a 2-0-1 record in the three games to stay atop the conference standings. After the day, SMC moves to 4-3-4 overall and 2-0-1 in WCC play.

The Gaels started the contest the way they left off against No. 10 San Diego. SMC showed energy and quickly found the back of the net. Just three minutes after the opening whistle, senior Matthew Fitzgerald tallied his second goal on the year with a one-touch volley from 10-yards out.

Senior Anthony Butler rewarded Fitzgerald for the far post run, finding him on a crisp pass across the box after breaking away from the Lions defense on the right side of the field.

After 78-minutes of scoreless soccer the Lions finally broke through and evened the score. Diego Souza found the net when he drilled a one-touch volley far post from 12-yards out to put LMU on the board.

In the final minutes and into the overtime periods, LMU kept the pressure up but every time they were presented with an opportunity, SMC goalkeeper Brian Mason turned them away.

Offensively the Lions out-shot the Gaels 14-9 including a 5-1 advantage in the two overtime periods. Corey Watts, Erik Robert and Fitzgerald led SMC with two shots a piece. Brad Stisser rallied off four shots for LMU.

Both Robert Flores and Mason allowed one goal and were even in the saves department with three a piece.

Saint Mary's will return to action for its first road swing of WCC play when they travel to the Pacific Northwest. The Gaels will face off with the Portland Pilots on Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m. from Merlo Field.