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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps - 10/22

Oct. 22, 2006

LMU - 4
Gonzaga - 1

SPOKANE, Wash. - Loyola Marymount University stunned Gonzaga University with three goals in the first 6:48 on Sunday, and the Lions didn't look back, cruising to a 4-1 West Coast Conference men's soccer win at Martin Field. Brad Stisser scored twice, and Diego Barrera and Jawaan Delaney added a goal apiece.

LMU (8-6-2; 4-3-2) didn't waste any time getting the edge on the Bulldogs (6-7-2; 3-5-1), Brad Stisser scoring his first of two goals at 1:08, taking a right-to-left cross and beating diving Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins to his right from 12 yards.

Diego Barrera made it 2-0 at 4:25, scoring from the right top of the goal box. The third goal came at 6:48, Stisser scoring his second of the match on his own rebound near the far post. Higgins made the initial save off a shot from the right wing, Stisser got the rebound that was stopped by a defender but Stisser's second attempt got by a defender and into the goal.

Jawaan Delaney scored from the middle of the box at 40:21 to give the Lions a 4-0 halftime lead.

To make matters worse, the Bulldogs had to play a man short for the final 47:34 when defender Daniel Scott picked up a red card for a hard tackle just before halftime. He'll also have to sit out Gonzaga's next match.

Gonzaga's George Josten ruined the shutout attempt by the Lions' Robert Flores when he took a John Palladino at the top of the 18, dribbled deep into the box to his right and took a low shot from 12 yards that beat Flores to his left.

LMU outshot the Zags 11-10, including 8-3 in the first half. Although Gonzaga held a 7-4 shots lead in the second half, most of them were from long range. The Bulldogs did have two headers that Flores had to be sharp on, one off a free kick by Josten at 48:14 that Flores had to go down to the post to stop and another by Tye Perdido at 52:49 that Flores went to his right to corral. Flores had three saves, Higgins two.

Nick Blanco assisted on three of the goals, and Bobby Burling added two assists on the day. Michael Ogletree and Alex Proano also registered assists.

The Lions return to Sullivan Field next weekend to host their final home weekend of the season. LMU will welcome Saint Mary's on Friday at 3:00pm, and wrap up the home schedule with Santa Clara on Sunday at 2:00pm.

San Diego - 3
Portland - 2

PORTLAND, Ore. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team (9-5-1, 4-4-1 WCC) picked up their second straight victory, 3-2 Sunday afternoon over the University of Portland Pilots (6-7-2, 3-6-0 WCC) as the Toreros record a sweep on their Pacific Northwest road trip.

Both teams got off to a slow start as the Pilots recorded the first goal of the match in the 12th minute. Matthew Dallman sent a ball forward to Alex Elliott who took a shot past Torero goalkeeper Lance Friesz from 10 yards out finding the left corner of the net and taking a 1-0 lead.

In the second half, San Diego came out on all cylinders when in the 53rd minute the Toreros found themselves in Pilot territory. Forward Michael Caso sent a ball forward from midfield to forward JT Howlan. Howlan found himself onsides and one-on-one against Pilot goalkeeper Luis Robles taking the shot from six yards out to tie the match 1-1.

San Diego capitalized on the tie in the 70th minute by scoring another goal when midfielder Tannen Wels found forward Ryan Guy up field. Guy fired off a shot from 18 yards out past Robles and into the left corner of the net to take a 2-1 lead.

Less than a minute later, Caso centered a pass to midfielder Mike Barbeito who took a copule of touches in the box and fired off a shot from seven yards out past Robles for a 3-1 lead.

In the 89th minute, San Diego committed a foul inside their own penalty box allowing a penalty kick opportunity for Portland. The Pilots took advantage as Alex Elliott scored cutting the lead 3-2. However time would expire before Portland could tie up the match as San Diego defeats Portland for the second time this season by a score of 3-2.

For Portland, Elliott had a team high four shots, with two shots on goal and two goals. Christopher Sanders recorded three shots for the Pilots. As a team, Portland recorded 12 shots. Goalkeeper Luis Robles recorded three goals against and ten saves on the day.

For the Toreros, Ryan Guy and Michael Caso each had a team high six shots on the afternoon and Caso had five shots on goal. JT Howland followed with three shots of his own. The Toreros tallied a team total of 23 shots against Portland. Caso recorded two assist and Wels recorded one assist. Friesz allowed two goals against and recorded two saves.

San Diego returns home to Torero Stadium for a pair of Bay Area opponents as they host Santa Clara and Saint Mary's this upcoming weekend starting with the Broncos on Friday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Torero Stadium.

San Francisco - 1
Saint Mary's - 0

San Francisco, CA - Neil Stuart scored on a volley in the twelfth minute and USF goalkeeper Geremy Uhl set a new record with his 14th career shutout in league play as the twelfth ranked USF men's soccer team (10-4-1, 5-3 WCC) defeated Saint Mary's (4-7-5, 2-4-2) Sunday night at fog-draped Negoesco Stadium.

There was just one goal in the game, despite the 21 shots in the contest, but it was a thing of beauty. USF junior Ardalan Attar started the play by crossing the ball to the left side of the penalty box, where the ball was chipped to the center by Jesse Henderson. Neil Stuart ran on to the cross and volleyed the ball just under the crossbar from eight yards at 11:23, beating Gaels' goalkeeper Brian Mason. It was Stuart's second goal of the season.

Both teams had chances, but the Gaels were unable to solve Uhl, who recorded his sixth shutout of the season and 24th in his career. The shutout tonight set a new West Coast Conference record with 14 career blankings during league play, surpassing the mark set by Portland's Kasey Keller (1988-91) who has been a huge success with the U.S. National Team.

USF won their fifth game in the last six contests, three of which were on the road.

"Saint Mary's is a very dangerous team," said Dons' head coach Erik Visser. "They push forward and always put pressure on you. We were able to hold on tonight and take the win. There were lots of chances in the game, but just one went in."

USF heads to the road again next weekend, playing at Portland on Friday and at Gonzaga Saturday, before closing the regular season hosting San Diego on November 3rd and LMU on November 5th.