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Men's Soccer Drops 2-1 Heartbreaker To Portland

Oct. 6, 2006

Box Score

Portland, OR- The Saint Mary's men's soccer team dropped a tough 2-1 decision to West Coast Conference foe Portland Friday night from Merlo Field. The Gaels held a 1-0 lead at the half but two second half goals lifted the Pilots over the WCC leading Gaels. After the day, SMC moves to 4-4-4 overall and 2-1-1 in conference play.

With the score knotted at one and less than three minutes remaining in regulation, Portland's Christopher Sanders netted the game-winner. Sanders tallied his second goal on the night with a shot from 10-yards out that found the right-upper corner.

Sanders evened the game at one in the 78th minute on a free kick from 24-yards out. The two goals are Sanders' third and fourth on the year.

Once again SMC broke the scoreless tie early. Junior midfielder David Blanchard did the honors in the 22nd minute. From nine-yards out Blanchard beat UP goalkeeper Luis Robles off a throw in from senior defender Alex Christlieb.

Offensively the Gaels out-shot Portland 20-17. SMC was led by freshman midfielder Dylan Leslie. The newcomer rallied off five shots with one on goal. Sophomore forward Carlos Diaz recorded four shots.

Alex Elliott led Portland with a game-high eight shots. Michael Gavin followed with three while Sanders was efficient, putting his two shots in the net.

In between the pipes, Robles earned the victory after allowing a goal and tallying a game-high six saves. SMC junior goalkeeper Brian Mason allowed two goals and made two stops on the night.

Saint Mary's will return to action when they head further north to Spokane, WA to face Gonzaga in a WCC contest. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. from Martin Field.