Oct. 20, 2006
Spokane, Wash. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team (8-5-1, 3-4-1 WCC) captured their first win in five matches as the Toreros defeated the Gonzaga University Bulldogs (6-6-2, 3-4-1 WCC) 2-1 Friday afternoon at Martin Field.
In what seemed to be a battle of defense, both teams recorded only eight total shots, and both teams recorded four shots on goal each.
San Diego struck first in the 28th minute when midfielder Kevin Meissner won a free ball at midfield. Meissner played the ball through into Bulldog territory and found forward Michael Caso inside the penalty box on the left side. Caso took one touch and fired off a shot which hit the far post and bounced back into the net for a 1-0 lead going in at halftime.
In the 53rd minute, the Toreros took a hard foul outside of the penalty box just off center from the goal. From 22 yards out, Caso lined up the shot with a wall of Bulldogs in front of him. His kick sailed over the wall and past Gonzaga goalkeeper Vito Higgins into the net for a 2-0 lead.
Gonzaga mounted a comeback attempt in the 64th minute when Ben Funkhouser passed from the left wing to Tye Perdido who took a shot past Torero goalkeeper Lance Friesz hitting the far post and into the net cutting San Diego's lead 2-1. However, the Torero defense held on for the remainder of the match taking the victory.
For the Bulldogs, Tye Perdido recorded two shots, two shots on goal, and one goal. Higgins recorded two saves and two goals against for the Bulldogs.
For San Diego, Caso recorded a team high four shots, two shots on goal, and two goals. Friesz allowed one goal against and recorded two saves on the day.
San Diego continues their Pacific Northwest road swing as they travel to Portland, Oregon to take on the University of Portland Pilots on Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m. from Clive Charles Soccer Complex. The match will be broadcast live on the internet and will have live stats available to view which can be accessed from the Portland Pilots Website.