Oct. 20, 2006
Amaechi Igwe scored on a turn around shot from the top of the penalty box at the 72:40 mark to give 14th ranked Santa Clara a 1-0 West Coast Conference soccer win over #12 USF at Buck Shaw Stadium on Friday night.
The Broncos win (9-3-4, 5-1-2 WCC) broke a four game winning streak by USF (9-4-2, 4-3-0 WCC) and solidified the Broncos first place standing.
It was a game in which both teams had chances, with the biggest USF early chance a point blank shot by Neil Stuart for USF in the first half that was stopped by Joseph Buttitta with the Dons' Aaron Chandler putting the rebound over the bar.
Santa Clara had a great chance midway through the second half with Igwe first timing a bullet shot that Geremy Uhl turned away for the Dons.
The Broncos did get a goal on Igwe's late blast. He spun and put the ball into the lower left corner where Uhl could not even attempt to stop it.
It looked like the Dons had a great chance to get an equalizer late when Rob Valentino was alone in the box with a great chance to score. He was pulled down by a Santa Clara defender but no penalty was called.
The Dons played their third straight WCC road game winning two out of three. USF returns home to face Saint Mary's Sunday night at Negoesco Stadium.
"I am proud of our team," said Dons head coach Erik Visser, who earlier in the day learned that midfielder Brandon McDonald was lost to injury. "We gave them a great battle down here and either team could have won. Unfortunately tonight we did not get the result and they did. Now we have to get ready to take on an excellent Saint Mary's squad on Sunday night."