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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Oct. 26, 2007

Saint Mary's - 1
San Francisco - 0

San Francisco, CA - The Saint Mary's men's soccer team posted a 1-0 win over the San Francisco Dons to post back-to-back West Coast Conference wins. Dylan Leslie scored the game-winning goal in the 80th minute off a free kick from 22 yards out.

The Gaels (6-5-1/2-3-1 WCC) and Dons (5-7-1/1-4-1 WCC) battled to a scoreless tie in the first half. San Francisco out-shot SMC 6-5 in the half, but the Gaels held a 3-0 advantage on corner kicks. It would take the Gaels until 79:07 to get on the scoreboard. Following a foul outside the penalty box, Leslie lined up the free shot and nailed a perfect shot inside the far post.

After the Leslie goal, USF put on the offensive pressure and nearly got an equalizing goal. At 89:27 USF's Chris Rodd fired a shot past Saint Mary's goalkeeper Keenan Flynn that hit off the left post. Flynn made if fifth straight start in goal for the Gaels, and recorded five saves en route to his third win and third shutout of the season. USF's goalkeeper Eric Connon collected five saves on the night.

USF out-shot the Gaels 15-12, but SMC had six corners compared to two by the Dons. After starting conference play with a 0-3-1 start, the Gaels have posted back-to-back wins against WCC opponents. The Gaels defeated Loyola Marymount 1-0 on Sunday.

The same two teams will meet against on Sunday, when the Gaels host the Dons at 1 p.m. at Garaventa Field.

San Diego - 2
LMU - 1

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team scored two goals in the second half as they went on to defeat the LMU Lions 2-1 Friday afternoon at Sullivan Field. The Lions (2-10-1, 0-6-0 WCC) and Toreros (7-6-1, 4-1-1 WCC) were playing the first match of their home-and-home series that had been moved to LMU due to the wildfires in San Diego.

The Toreros let a goal slip by in the first 10 minutes of the match as junior Stephen Carlson, who lobbed it over the top to teammate Rafael Baca. USD goalkeeper Kelin Briones came on the defense, but Baca was first to it, chipping the goalkeeper from just inside the penalty area.

San Diego evened the match 1-1 no long into the second half. Senior Dustin Guerrero dished a cross from the right that was redirected by J.T. Howlan into the lower left corner at 46:17. Ten minutes later, the Toreros pulled ahead on a similar play.

Guerrero again sent in a cross from the right and it was met by a header from Colin Jennings. LMU freshman goalkeeper Patrick Lane made an excellent diving save to his right to keep out the first attempt but Jennings reacted first to the rebound to make it 2-1.

The Lions held an 11-8 shot advantage, forcing Briones into three saves. Lane also made three saves for LMU.

The teams will travel to San Diego on Monday at 7 p.m. to conclude their season series.

Gonzaga - 2
Portland - 2 (2OT)

SPOKANE, Wash. - Senior George Josten scored his second goal of the match and his fifth of the season at 87:19 and Gonzaga University missed several good chances for the match winner in a 2-2 double-overtime tie with the University of Portland in a West Coast Conference men's soccer match Friday at Martin Field.

The tie dropped the Bulldogs (8-3-3; 3-1-3) into third place behind idle Santa Clara University (9-1-4; 4-0-2) and the University of San Diego (7-6-1; 4-1-1), the latter a 2-1 Friday victor at Loyola Marymount University. SCU has 14 points, USD 13, Gonzaga 12 and Portland 11.

The equalizer came when Josten broke in to the top of the 18 and connected on a rebound off a Philippe Garre shot that Portland keeper Austin Guerrero couldn't contain and the ball came back out deep to the waiting Josten.

The tieing goal came after several solid opportunities by the Bulldogs, who outshot the Pilots 14-6 in the second half after a lethargic first half in which the Bulldogs were outshot 5-2 and saw the Pilots dominate play for the latter half of the opening 45 minutes.

The Pilots got on the scoreboard first at 5:56 when Bryan Irwin fed the ball to the middle of the box and Eric Fredback wheeled and shot from 6 yards to beat Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins shoulder-high to his left for his second goal of the season.

Josten collected his first goal at 27:15. John Reha tapped a corner kick into the field of play to Ben Funkhouser who fed the ball back to Reha. The senior sent a left-to-right cross to the front of the net where Josten converted the header to send the teams to halftime deadlocked 1-1.

Portland regained the lead at 58:30 when Michael Gavin sent a left corner kick to the middle of the box and Logan Emory found the far right side with a header for his second tally of the year.

The Bulldogs dominated the final 30 minutes of regulation, the Pilots getting just one shot following their second goal. Gonzaga, meanwhile, had some excellent chances prior to Josten's equalizer. Reha had a hard shot from the left side knocked down and sent out of bounds by Guerrero in the 74th minute and John Palladino had a solid chance from 8 yards that slid right of the post.

Gonzaga had even better chances in the overtime, outshooting Portland 6-1 in the extra 20 minutes.

In the first OT, Tye Perdido got in close range in the 91st minutes, Guerrero making a diving save to the left post. Five minutes later it was Guerrero coming out of his goal to the right post to stuff a Grant Lundberg shot. In the second overtime, Perdido again had an excellent chance to end the match, his sliding shot at the left post just going wide. And the best opportunity came from Lundberg, who shot from the far right wing caught the intersection of the crossbar and right post.

The Pilots had a couple of opportunities to extend their lead to 2-0 in the first half, the best in the 26th minute when Alex Elliott took a right-to-left center from Irwin and Higgins made a diving save and smothered the rebound. Fredback had a header in the 111th minute that was on target but saved cleanly by Higgins.

Josten's two goals give him 34 in his career to tie him for second on the all-time list with Brian Ching, a member of the U.S. World Cup team who plays for the Houston Dynamos of the MLS. Jason Kuska is second with 35, with Jeff McAllister the all-time leader with 45.

Reha's assist was his fourth of the season and the 14th of his career as he moved into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time GU list. Ching leads with 23, Kuska is second with 21 and Josten and current Gonzaga assistant coach Mike Thompson are tied for third with 16.

With Friday's tie the Bulldogs remained undefeated in the last five matches with the Pilots since 2005, going 3-0-2 in that stretch.

Gonzaga remains home next weekend to face the University of San Francisco on Friday and Saint Mary's College on Sunday.