Oct. 27, 2006
Collen Warner blasted a shot past USF goalkeeper Geremy Uhl with just 8:57 remaining in regulation as the Portland Pilots upset 16th ranked USF 2-1 Friday evening in Portland.
USF (10-5-1, 5-4 WCC) took an early lead at 18:29 when freshman Conor Chinn beat Pilots' goalkeeper Luis Robles on a shot into the left corner from 10 yards. The play was set up after a nifty pass from senior forward Aaron Chandler.
The Dons, who came from behind earlier in the season to beat Portland (7-7-2, 4-6-0 WCC) at Negoesco Stadium, were caught by the Pilots in the second half.
Portland equalized at the 56:51 mark when Matthew Dallman scored on a free-kick from 21 yards, placing the ball into the left corner of the net.
USF, who outshot their hosts 17-16 continued to press, but it was the Pilots' Warner who found the game-winner, taking a pass from Jeff Griffin and scoring at 81:03.
USF, who has won five of their last seven contests, plays its final WCC road contest Sunday at Gonzaga. USF then returns home to close out its regular season schedule hosting San Diego Friday night November 3rd and Loyola Marymount on Sunday, November 5th. All nine of USF's WCC contests have been decided by a single goal.
"We played very well in the beginning of the game and dominated," said Dons' head coach Erik Visser. "But when you fail to score on your chances early, and leave it a one-goal game, anything can happen. We had some clear chances to take the lead when it was 1-1 and we missed the net.
"I thought we had the better of the play tonight, but if you don't score it becomes anyone's game."