Oct. 7, 2007
Gonzaga - 2
San Francisco - 0
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Bryan Mullaney and Tye Perdido provided the offense and Vito Higgins and the Bulldogs defense rose to the occasion once again as 24th-ranked Gonzaga University defeated the University of San Francisco 2-0 Sunday in a West Coast Cost Conference men's soccer match.
The Bulldogs (7-2-1, 2-0-1) ran their unbeaten string to six in beating the Dons (4-5-0; 0-2-0) for the second straight match. Gonzaga had snapped a 0-6-1 winless streak against USF with a 2-1 double-overtime win in the Bulldogs 2006 home finale.
While it's way too early to starting talking championship, the Bulldogs would seem to have the schedule maker on their side as the WCC season nears the half-way point. The Bulldogs, who haven't play a home match since Sept. 7, return home for five of their next six matches beginning with Friday's 1 p.m. WCC home debut against Loyola Marymount University. Gonzaga opened the WCC season with three straight road tilts and came away with the 2-0-1 start.
Mullaney got the only goal the Bulldogs would need with his first of the season and third of his career at 34:54. He took a pass from George Josten to the left flank and Mullaney beat USF keeper Eric Connor to the right. The assist was a team-leading fourth for Josten and the 14th of his career to move him into sole possession of fourth on the Gonzaga career charts. He trails Brian Ching (23), Jason Kuska (21) and current assistant coach Mike Thompson (16).
Josten, a Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate, also increased his career points total 78 which also ranks fourth all-time for the Bulldogs. He leads the team in scoring with 10 points on the strength of three goals and four assists.
Perdido got the Bulldogs the insurance goal at 76:43 on an assist from John Reha. With the Dons pressing in an attempt to score the equalizer, Reha's pass led to a Perdido breakaway who beat Connor left from 10 yards. The assist was the third of the season and 13th of his career for Reha, who moved into a tie for fifth in career assists with Scott Yuska and Arni Ingi Pjetursson.
The Bulldogs held Conor Chin, the Don's leading scorer with 4 goals and top shot taker with 23 entering the contest, to just two shots, one on goal that was saved by Higgins barely a minute into the second half.
Gonzaga had 10 shots, nine on goal as Connor was called on for seven saves. USF had three of its seven shots on goal, Higgins handling all three for his second shutout of the weekend and fourth of the season. His four shutouts equal the four he had last season that rank fourth on the Gonzaga single-season. His 12 shutouts are third all-time, one behind Mike McCarthy for second. Josh Fouts is the all-time leader with 19.
Gonzaga's defense, anchored by seniors Daniel Scott and Austin Washington while getting significant contributions from sophomores Nick Barlcay and Tim Muravez, has helped Higgins and the Bulldogs post a 0.59 goals-against-average. The record is 0.68 set by the 1998 squad.
Santa Clara - 2
San Diego - 0
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Jide Ogunbiyi and Stephen McCarthy each scored a goal to lead the No. 3 Santa Clara men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over San Diego Sunday afternoon. The win stretched the Broncos' unbeaten streak to seven games. SCU is now 7-1-2 on the season and 2-0-0 in the West Coast Conference.
Coming off a big win over Loyola Marymount in their conference opener on Friday night, the Broncos started strong against the Toreros. After withstanding some early pressure from the Toreros, SCU began to apply pressure of their own. Ogunbiyi forced a save from Kelin Briones with a header seven minutes in and two minutes later Peter Lowry also tested Briones. However, the Torero goalkeeper was up to the challenge.
Twelve minutes into the game, Ogunbiyi struck for the first goal. Brian Martin got free on the wing and sent a cross to Ogunbiyi, who tapped in his fourth of the season.
Freshman goalkeeper Kevin Klasila then kept the Toreros off the board for the remainder of the half. He made big saves on Chase Tangney and Dustin Guerrero late in the half to maintain the clean sheet.
The Broncos went up two goals 16 minutes into the second half. McCarthy, who scored his first career goal in the season opener, struck for his second goal of the year in the 61st minute and Santa Clara had the insurance goal it needed.
Klasila and the Broncos defense clamped down on the Toreros for the rest of the game, as the Broncos posted their sixth shutout of the season.
Santa Clara returns to action on Friday, Oct. 12 with a showdown against Bay Area rival, San Francisco at Buck Shaw Stadium. The match kicks off at 5 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel.
Portland - 0
Saint Mary's - 0
Moraga, CA - In a West Coast Conference match, the Saint Mary's men's soccer team played the Portland Pilots to a 0-0 draw on Sunday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. Saint Mary's is now 4-3-1 overall and 0-1-1 in WCC action, while Portland's record now stands at 4-3-3 overall and 1-0-1 in conference play.
In a physically played match, Portland out shot the Gaels 9-6 in the 110 minutes played by both teams. Portland managed four shots in both the first and second half, but only had one shot in the two overtime sessions. The Gaels had three first half shots, two shots in the second half, and one shot in overtime.
Saint Mary's had the first threatening opportunity when freshman forward Erik Rivas's shot from point blank range less than 10 minutes into the game. Portland goalkeeper Austin Guerrero made the stop, to go along with one save in the second half to record his third shutout of the year.
Saint Mary's sophomore goalkeeper Keenan Flynn played a solid game for the Gaels, making three saves for his first shutout of the year. After not recording a save in the first half, Flynn produced three diving saves in the second half to keep the score deadlocked at 0-0.
Rivas and Justin Kim had two shots to lead the Gaels, while Collen Warner had three shots to lead the Pilots.
Saint Mary's will return to West Coast Conference play on Sunday, October 14 when the Gaels host the Santa Clara Broncos at 2 p.m. at Saint Mary's Stadium.