Oct. 22, 2006
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.