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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Oct. 5, 2007

Gonzaga - 1
Saint Mary's - 0

MORAGA, Calif. - Grant Lundberg scored his second goal of the season at 59:23 and Gonzaga University extended its unbeaten streak to five matches with a 1-0 win at Saint Mary's College on Friday.

The Bulldogs (6-2-1; 1-0-1) won their fourth straight in the series against the Gaels (4-3-0; 0-1-0) and posted their third straight shutout against the home team.

Lundberg, a senior midfielder from Spokane's Lewis and Clark High, took a cross from Tim Muravez and beat SMC keeper Brian Mason on the one timer for the lone goal of the match. For Lundberg, it was his second match winner of the season, his other goal dealing defending College Cup champion and No. 1 ranked UC Santa Barbara a 1-0 setback the opening weekend of the season. It was his fourth career match winning goal.

Senior keeper Vito Higgins picked up his third shutout of the season and his 11th career blanking in making five saves to bring his school-record saves total to 254. The native of Kailua, Hawai'i, ranks third in career shutouts behind fellow Islanders Josh Fouts (19) and Mike McCarthy (13).

SMC had a 10-5 shots edge and the Bulldogs only had two shots on goal to five for the Gaels. Gonzaga didn't have a shot on goal after the opening two minutes of the second half. But Higgins and the Bulldogs defense again rose to the occasion, lowering the team goals-against-average to 0.65 with the shutout. The Bulldogs have not allowed more than one goal in any match this season.

Gonzaga returns to WCC play Sunday at the University of San Francisco in a 2 p.m. match, ending a stretch of seven straight contests away from Martin Field. Gonzaga will return home for the first time since Sept. 7 next Friday when they face Loyola Marymount University in the Bulldogs WCC home debut.

Portland - 1
San Francisco - 0

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Portland freshman Frankie Lopez scored the game's only goal as the Pilots blanked the San Francisco Dons 1-0 in a West Coast Conference men's soccer game Friday night at Negoesco Stadium. UP freshman keeper Austin Guerrero recorded six saves for his league-high third shutout this fall.

The game remained scoreless into the second half when Portland (4-3-2, 1-0-1 WCC) capitalized with the game's first strike in the 46th minute. Junior Alex Elliott sent a cross into the 18-yard box that found freshman Frankie Lopez. Lopez went lower left with a shot that was just out of reach of a diving Eric Connor, USF's keeper. It's the second goal this season for Lopez and the team-high fourth assist for Elliott.

The Dons (4-4-0, 0-1-0 WCC) nearly tied it ten minutes later. On a failed UP clear, Connor Shinn fired a shot from the top of the box that bounced off the right post and out of bounds.

USF continued to assault the Portland goal with 15 second-half shots. But Guerrero thwarted every attempt to raise his conference-leading saves total to 38.

Portland had several opportunities in the first half and outshot USF 8-3. Just before the half, junior Bryan Irwin nearly made it a 1-nil game. From the left wing, Lopez sent a cross into the area. The ball bounced around before Irwin ripped a shot from the top of the box that was saved by Connor.

USF finished with an 18-11 edge in shots, while Portland claimed a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks. The game was hotly contested with the Pilots receiving four yellow cards. The Dons were issued a pair of yellows and were shown a red after the final buzzer had sounded.

Connor made eight stops for the Dons.

The game was part of a doubleheader and was delayed by close to an hour. The referees were late to the preceding USF women's game against UC Irvine. The match then went to double overtime, pushing the men's starting time back to about 8:00 p.m.

Portland remains on the road for another conference match on Sunday. The Pilots head to Moraga, Calif., for a game against the Saint Mary's Gaels at 2:00 p.m.

Santa Clara - 1
Loyola Marymount - 0

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The No. 3 Santa Clara men's soccer team stretched its unbeaten streak to six games with a 1-0 victory over Loyola Marymount in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams. Senior captain Jamil Roberts scored the only goal of the game to give SCU the victory, while freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila posted his third shutout of the season. Santa Clara is now 6-1-2 on the season.

The Broncos came out strong against the Lions and enjoyed long stretches of possession in the first half. Brian Martin was the beneficiary of the team's strong play early on as he got free for a shot that beat LMU goalkeeper Patrick Lane but hit the post. The play started with a Kellen Wantulok corner kick.

Santa Clara broke through for the game's only goal in the 35th minute on a free kick. Junior Jide Ogunbiyi got his head on the free kick at the back post and after a scramble in front of the net, Roberts was able put the ball into the net for the 1-0 lead. The goal was the second of the season for Roberts.

Early in the second half, the Broncos received a blow when junior Aaron Clubb was shown a red card following a tussle in the box.

Despite being down a man, SCU held firm in the back and did not allow the Lions to break through for any clear cut opportunities.

SCU got a chance of its own with just under 10 minutes left. Ogunbiyi got free behind the Lions' defense and squared a ball for Martin. Martin blasted a shot that appeared headed for the back of the net, but Lane moved quickly to make the save and keep the game close.

Loyola Marymount's Alex Proano picked up a red card of his own late in the match to even things out and the Broncos held on for the win.

The Broncos continue their Southern California road trip on Sunday, Oct. 7 with a 2 p.m. PT match-up against San Diego at Torero Stadium. Follow the game on GameTracker at SantaClaraBroncos.com.