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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Oct. 15, 2006

Gonzaga - 2
Portland - 1 (OT)


Spokane, WA - Freshman Tye Perdido scored his second goal of the season at 98:23 to give Gonzaga University's men's soccer team a 2-1 overtime victory over the University of Portland Sunday afternoon and a sweep of their West Coast Conference weekend home-and-home series.

The Bulldogs (6-5-2; 3-3-1) won for the third time in their last four outings since starting WCC play 0-3-0, while the Pilots (5-6-2; 2-5-0) lost for the fourth time in their last five matches. Gonzaga recorded back-to-back victories against Portland for the first time since 2000-01, and the Bulldogs are now undefeated in the last four meetings with the Pilots after dropping five straight from 2001-04. Gonzaga is 3-0-1 against Portland over the last two seasons.

Perdido took a pass from John Reha and buried his shot into the back of the net to the left of Portland keeper Luis Robles. Reha, who assisted on both Bulldog goals at Portland in Friday's 2-1 victory, dribbled down the middle of the Pilots defense before dropping the pass to Perdido on his left for the decisive goal.

Sunday's match had an uncanny similarity to Friday's outing. As they did on Friday the Pilots took a 1-0 halftime lead. And, as was the case on Friday, it was Christopher Sanders scoring, burying a rebound after Brayton Knapp's shot off a corner kick by Matthew Dallman hit the post to the right of Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins. Sanders got the ball back to Sanders who made no doubt on the rebound.

The Bulldogs, who got the equalizer in the 53rd minute on Friday, waited a little longer this time, George Josten scoring his eighth goal of the season at 83:49. John Palladino took a free kick from 25 yards to the right side, dropped it into the middle of the box and Josten was there for the goal from close range.

It was the only real scoring opportunity of the overtime. Knapp had a 25-yard free kick go right and the Pilots had two other shots from long range blocked by a defender that never got to the net.

Gonzaga's best scoring opportunity of the first half came in the 11th minute when Bryan Mullaney took a shot from deep down the right wing and Robles came out to cut down the angle and make the sliding save. Dallman had a wide open look at the Bulldog net in the 34th minute but he got off a weak from 15 yards shot that Higgins had no trouble stopping.

Portland looked to take a 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute, but Sanders' header to the far post off a corner went wide. The Bulldogs also had a couple of opportunities to knot the match earlier than they did. Palladino had a hard, low shot from 18 yards off a free kick that Robles was able to save in the 55th minute, and seconds later Josten had a shot from point-blank range from the right of the box that Robles went down and smothered.

Josten's WCC-leading eighth goal now gives him 25 career tallies which rank fourth on thee all-time GU list. His 60 career points also rank fourth.

Reha, with three assists this weekend, now has seven assists this season to tie Brian Ching for third on the single-season list, one shy of co-leaders Jeff McAllister and current Gonzaga assistant coach Mike Thompson. Reha, who redshirted last season and had one assist in each of his first two seasons, has moved into a tie for ninth on the career assists charts with Abbas Faridnia.

The Bulldogs held a 13-12 shots advantage on Sunday. Robles had seven saves for the Pilots while Higgins was called on for two saves for the Bulldogs.

Loyola Marymount - 3
San Diego - 2


San Diego, CA - Senior Bobby Burling scored twice in the first eight minutes to lead Loyola Marymount to a 3-2 win over San Diego in West Coast Conference men's soccer action this afternoon at Torero Stadium. The two goals by Burling, plus a goal by freshman Wilkie Johnson gave LMU a 3-0 lead in the eighth minute of the game. San Diego scored twice in the first half, and the Lions kept the game scoreless in the second half for the win. LMU improves to 7-5-2, 3-2-2 in WCC play.

A forward for his first three years in Westchester, Burling has been playing as a central defender this season, but started today's game at forward to get LMU's offense going. He made the coaching staff look very smart when he scored in the third minute of the match. Burling found himself one-on-one with Torero goalkeeper Lance Friesz. His shot to the left went past Friesz, giving LMU the quick 1-0 lead. Three minutes later, Trini Gomez sent a corner kick into the Torero goal box where Johnson headed the ball past the keeper for a 2-0 lead.

That goal was followed by a third goal in the eighth minute when Adam Sloustcher passed a ball up field to Burling who was inside the penalty box. Burling dribbled through traffic and fired off a shot past Friesz for a 3-0 lead. Today is the senior's 22nd birthday, and he celebrated with his fourth goal of the season.

It was in the 20th minute that San Diego responded when midfielder Michael Caso sent a ball down field to forward Ryan Guy who fired off a shot into the corner cutting LMU's lead 3-1. In the 39th minute, Guy returned the favor when he centered a ball right to Caso who headed the ball past LMU goalkeeper Robert Flores for a score of 3-2 going into halftime.

Although San Diego outshot LMU 6-2 in the second half, Flores made three saves to preserve the Lion victory. Flores finished with five saves on the day.

For the Toreros, Caso finished with a team high three shots on goal, one goal and one assist. Guy finished the afternoon with two shots on goal, one goal and one assist as well. San Diego outshot the Lions 13-8 overall. Friesz finished with three goals against and one save.

With the two goals on the day, Burling now has four goals for the season. He has 15 career goals and is now in sole possession of sixth place in the LMU record books. He has nine points for the season, which gives him 44 for his career- fifth all time in LMU soccer history.

The Lions stay in possession of third place in the conference with a 3-2-2 record and are undefeated on the road in WCC action. LMU looks to use that strong road play next weekend when the Lions head to the Northwest for games with Portland and Gonzaga.

Gonzaga will remain home next weekend to face the University of San Diego on Friday and Loyola Marymount University on Sunday, action both days starting at 1 p.m.

Santa Clara - 2
Saint Mary's - 1 (OT)


Moraga, CA - For the second consecutive game overtime was needed to sort the outcome between the Saint Mary's soccer team and No. 17-ranked Santa Clara. This time the Broncos grabbed the victory with a goal in the beginning of overtime to edge the Gaels 2-1. After the day, SMC moves to 4-6-5 overall and 2-3-2 in West Coast Conference play.

With the score at a gridlock 1-1 tie for over 60 minutes, Santa Clara tallied the game-winner 51-seconds into overtime. Jeff Cosgriff secured the game for the Broncos with a one-touch finish off a pass from Jide Ogunbiyi from the end line.

Santa Clara was able to break the scoreless tie on its first attempt on the Gaels net. The Broncos' first shot of the game came from 35-yards out that Brian Martin was able to slip through Gael goalkeeper Brian Mason's hands for the goal in the 14th minute.

The Gaels then responded with a quick counter-attack goal. Junior Erik Robert broke loose down the left side of the field and slipped a perfect cross to the right foot of senior Mathew Fitzgerald who buried the one-timer far post for the equalizer in the 30th minute.

After the first goal by SCU, Mason came up big for SMC making key saves throughout the contest. The junior goalkeeper finished with a game-high six saves.

Offensively the Broncos out-shot the Gaels 14-10. SMC sophomore forward Carlos Diaz led the Gaels with three shots, putting two on goal. Fitzgerald and Robert followed with two shots a piece.

Martin paced the Broncos with four shots, putting all four on frame. Three other Broncos followed with two shots a piece.

Saint Mary's will continue WCC play when it heads to San Francisco for its lone game of the week. The Gaels will face off with the rival Dons on Sunday, October 22 at 7 p.m. from Negoesco Stadium.