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Bulldogs Suffer First WCC Setback

Oct. 14, 2007

Box Score

SPOKANE, Wash. - University of San Diego senior Colin Jennings scored on a header off a corner kick at 92:35 Sunday, giving the visiting Toreros a 1-0 West Coast Conference men's soccer overtime victory over Gonzaga University.

The loss was the first for the Bulldogs (8-3-1; 3-1-1) in WCC play this season and also snapped the Bulldogs 7-match unbeaten string. USD (5-6-0; 1-1-0), which snapped a four-match losing streak in a Friday win at the University of Portland, defeated Gonzaga for the third straight time and for the seventh time in the last eight meetings dating back to 2003.

Tannen Wels got the assist as Jennings scored his third goal of the season with a header that went high to the top shelf in traffic.

The Bulldogs thought they had scored the first goal of the match in the 74th minute as Philippe Garre put the ball into the net out of a melee in the box, but a hand ball was ruled and the goal was immediately waved off by the referee.

Wels had almost ended the match as the seconds ticked down at the end of regulation, his shot cleared away by Bulldog defender Tim Muravez with two seconds remaining.

But that wasn't the only chance either team had to score.

Wels sent a shot high early in the match as Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins punched a cross out of harms way that went right to Wels on the right wing at 7:42. Gonzaga's George Josten broke through the Toreros defense and went in on USD keeper Kelin Briones who came out to meet Josten at the top of the box and stuff the shot at 18:40.

In the second half, Jennings had a breakaway down the right sideline and launched a shot from 15 yards that Higgins handled in the 47th minute, and Gonzaga's Grant Lundberg whipped a shot from 15 yards off the right wing in the 71st minute the Briones deflected high.

Gonzaga defender Daniel Scott denied USD's Brandon Kelley a shot in the 43rd minute as Kelley was breaking in on Higgins. In the 61st minute Gonzaga's Tye Perdido broke in from the left wing, faked a defender before dribbling in too deep to get a good shot and having the ball go out the end line for a goal kick as USD's defense rallied to pressure him.

The Toreros had territorial control in the first half and held a 5-4 shots advantage through 45 minutes. But the Bulldogs dominated play for the better part of the second half. USD had a 12-9 edge in shots and had the only two shots in the overtime.

Higgins had five saves for the Bulldogs, Briones three for the Toreros.

The Gonzaga loss leaves Santa Clara University as the only undefeated team in the WCC, the Broncos bringing a 4-0-0 conference record into Sunday's home showdown with Gonzaga.