Oct. 26, 2007
(San Francisco) - USF men's soccer battled, but could not find the back of the net Friday against ancient Bay Area and West Coast Conference rival Saint Mary's, dropping a 1-0 decision at Negoesco Stadium. The Dons (5-7-1, 1-4-1 WCC) had their two match unbeaten string snapped, while the Gaels (6-6-1, 2-3-1 WCC) recorded their second straight victory.
USF held a 15-12 shot advantage, 9-7 in the second half, but could not convert. The Dons appeared to have scored off a melee in the box in the 74th minute, but the would-be goal was waved off by the middle official.
Saint Mary's got the only strike it would need at 79:07 as sophomore midfielder Dylan Leslie scored off a free kick from the top of the box into the top shelf. The Gaels held a 6-2 corner kick edge.
Senior forward Ardalan Attar and senior midfielder Daniel DeGeer recorded a match-high four shots in the contest for the Dons, while Leslie and senior midfielder David Blanchard each tallied three apiece for Saint Mary's.
Junior goalkeeper Eric Conner made five saves in the contest (one team save), while Keenan Flynn collected four for the Gaels in collecting the shutout.
USF gets an immediate opportunity to avenge the loss as they travel to Moraga for a Sunday matinee at Saint Mary's. Kickoff against the Gaels is set for 1:00 PM.