Oct. 12, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Freshman Jalil Anibaba made his first career goal a memorable one, volleying in the game-winning goal with two seconds on the clock to give Santa Clara University a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Dons. The Broncos and Dons had traded first half goals on a rainy night at Buck Shaw Stadium and the game appeared headed to overtime before Anibaba struck for the Broncos. SCU improves to 8-1-2 (3-0-0 in the WCC) with the win and is now unbeaten in its past eight matches.
The winning goal came after a near miss by Peter Lowry on a free kick. Lowry fired a free kick with 20 seconds left to the far post, but Dons goalkeeper Eric Conner made a diving save to keep the game tied. Captain Jamil Roberts alertly picked up the ball and took the ensuing corner kick with just under 10 seconds to play. Anibaba leapt and drove home a side-volley that split three Dons players and found the back of the net with only two seconds remaining, setting off a wild celebration at Buck Shaw Stadium.
While SCU won the game, it was the Dons who found the goal first in the 20th minute. Jonathan McMullen chipped a shot from inside the box that beat Broncos goalkeeper Kevin Klasila and hit the far post. USF's leading goal scorer, Conor Chinn, was in perfect position to tap the ball into the net and put USF up 1-0.
Broncos midfielder Stephen McCarthy made sure the Dons lead would not last, as he scored an incredible goal three minutes later. McCarthy intercepted a poor clearance by the Dons and chipped a long-range shot that sailed over Conner and hit the upper corner. McCarthy has now scored in two straight games and has three goals overall this season.
In the second half, the teams both pushed for the equalizer, but a combination of wet field conditions, strong goalkeeping and the post kept the game tied until Anibaba's magical strike.
Senior Matt Marquess was denied by the post in the 69th minute after a steal outside the box. Marquess picked up a loose ball at the top of the Dons' box and fired a low shot past Conner that hit the outside of the post.
San Francisco appeared to have a great chance with 15 minutes left after stealing a pass in their defensive third. The Dons broke out four-on-one, but a smart play by Anibaba, the lone Bronco in the back, led to an offside call on San Francisco.
Brian Martin also had an opportunity to break the deadlock in the late stages. Roberts chested down a cross from the left wing to Martin at the edge of the penalty box. Martin fired a volley, but the ball was deflected wide of the goal. Anibaba then played the role of hero.
SCU heads to Saint Mary's on Sunday, Oct. 14 looking to extend its unbeaten streak to nine in a row. The match kicks off at 2 p.m. PT at Saint Mary's Stadium.