Oct. 12, 2007
(Santa Clara) - USF men's soccer battled ancient Bay Area rival No. 3 Santa Clara to a 1-1 draw for the first 89:57, but a last second score sent the Broncos to a 2-1 West Coast Conference victory Friday night at a waterlogged Buck Shaw Stadium, in a match televised live by Fox Soccer Channel. The Dons (4-6-0; 0-3-0 WCC) scored first, but the Broncos (8-1-2, 3-0-0 WCC) won their fifth consecutive match.
Sophomore forward Conor Chinn got USF on the scoreboard first at 19:15, sending a shot off the post into the back of the net. It was the team-leading fifth goal of the season for Chinn and ninth of his brief career on the Hilltop.
San Francisco held an 8-3 shots advantage in the first half on the soggy pitch, which slowed the travel of not only the ball but also players from both teams with sometimes unpredictable results.
Santa Clara's Stephen McCarthey scored his third goal on the equalizer at 22:17, connecting on a chip shot into the upper corner.
San Francisco fought the Broncos to a standstill from there before the final sequence of the match. Jalil Anibaba tallied his first scoring strike of the season at 89:58 lifting Santa Clara to its fourths straight win in the series against San Francisco.
"Obviously this is a tough loss to swallow, but I am confident we will bounce back if we can continue to play with the kind of intensity and focus we played with tonight." USF head coach Erik Visser said. "We showed on a national stage that we can compete with possibly the best team in the country. Overall I'm very proud of the performance. Now we just have to recover."
Santa Clara held a 13-11 shots edge, 10-3 in the second half. The Broncos also attempted nine corner kicks to two from the Dons. Chinn led the Dons with three shots, while freshman Jonathan McMullen recorded two.
Junior goalkeeper Eric Conner (2-4-0) suffered the loss for the Dons, collecting five saves. Santa Clara goalie Kevin Klasila made a pair of saves.
San Francisco returns to action when it travels to Southern California for WCC matches against Loyola Marymount and San Diego. The trip opens Friday, November 19 in Los Angeles with a 4:00 PM match against the Lions.