Oct. 27, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team (9-6-1, 4-5-1 WCC) fell in a heartbreaking overtime match, 3-2 against the No. 14 Santa Clara University Broncos (10-3-4, 6-1-2 WCC) Friday evening at Torero Stadium.
San Diego set the tone early in the first half when midfielder Ciaran O' Brien sent a ball into the penalty box in the third minute to forward Eric Pohl who attempted a header which went high.
In the 15th minute, Bronco forward Brian Martin from the far side of the field sent a ball to Erik Ustruck on the opposite side in the penalty box where he put a ball into the net past Torero goalkeeper Lance Friesz.
Late in the first half, USD was fouled just outside of the penalty box. From 22 yards out O' Brien lined up the foul shot which blocked and out of bounds.
In the 71st minute San Diego connected when forward Ryan Guy tapped a pass over to O' Brien 30 yards out. O' Brien rocketed a shot from 25 yards out which was blocked by Bronco goalkeeper Joseph Buttitta and appeared to go wide but rolled right into the net tying the match 1-1. Regulation ended in a 1-1 tie.
Two minutes into the first overtime period, Santa Clara's Peter Lowry sent a free kick from 40 yards out into Chris Sauter in the goalie box who headed the ball into the right corner of the net for the 2-1 victory.
The Toreros take the field again on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. at Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium to take on the Saint Mary's College Gaels. Prior to the kickoff of Sunday's match will be a ceremony honoring the seniors in their final home match of the 2006 season.