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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Oct. 29, 2006

Gonzaga - 2 (2OT)
San Francisco - 1

SPOKANE, Wash. - On Senior Day it was freshman Tye Perdido who made the biggest shot of the day.

Perdido's goal 56 seconds into the second overtime gave Gonzaga University a 2-1 West Coast Conference men's soccer victory over 16th-ranked University of San Francisco on a chilly Sunday afternoon.

Perdido took a pass from Ben Funkhouser on the top left side top of the 6-yard box and put it to the far side and past USF keeper Eric Connor his left for his fourth goal of the season.

The loss snapped a three-match losing streak for the Bulldogs (7-8-2; 4-5-1) and was the first win for Gonzaga over the two-time defending WCC champion Dons (10-6-1; 5-5-0) since a 2-0 road victory in 2001. USF had won six of the previous seven meetings - the teams tied 1-1 in the first meeting last year - including USF's 2-1 home win earlier this season.

Neither team generated much offense in the first half despite the 5-4 edge in shots by the Dons. The best chance was by the Bulldogs in the 43rd minute when Perdido had a low, point blank shot from the left post bounce off the chest of Eric Connor, who had gone down to cut the angle on a low shot.

John Palladino broke up the scoreless dual at 51:49 to give Gonzaga a 1-0 lead. He lofted what appeared to be an apparent cross from the right wing that sailed to the far post and into the net. He had broken down the right wing on a nice combination from seniors Ben Sawyer and Steve Owens, both getting credit for the assists when Palladino's ball landed in the net.

Ardalan Attar got the equalizer for the Dons at 72:00, taking a pass from Aaron Chandler, dribbling to the left side and shooting to the far corner from 16 yards past Bulldog keeper Vito Higgins.

The Bulldogs had an excellent chance to go up 2-0 when John Reha's shot from the left side hit high on the left post and the defense cleared the rebound in the wide open goal box.

Both teams had opportunities to win in regulation.

Rob Valentino's shot from near the top of the 18 forced Higgins to make a diving hand save to his left to deflect the ball out of harms way.

In the final minute of regulation Reha had another point blank shot from the left side hit Connor in the chest and the rebound came to Perdido who shot it into the chest of the prone Connor.

The Bulldogs had another great chance to win in the first overtime, but Connor took a point blank shot off the foot of George Josten, the WCC's leading scorer, off his body and the Bulldogs couldn't corral the rebound.

Gonzaga held a 17-10 shots advantage, including 12-6 in the second half and overtime periods. Connor had six saves in his first appearance of the season while Higgins had three for the Bulldogs.

The match was the home finale for the Bulldogs, who finish the season with matches Friday at Saint Mary's College and Sunday at Santa Clara University. The first-place Broncos officially eliminated Gonzaga from the title chase with last Friday's win over the University of San Diego. SCU has 23 points following a Sunday victory over Loyola Marymount University while the most points Gonzaga can accrue is 19 if the Bulldogs win both matches this weekend.

San Diego - 4
Saint Mary's - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team (10-6-1, 5-5-1 WCC) shutout the Saint Mary's College Gaels (4-9-5, 2-6-2 WCC) Sunday afternoon 4-0 at Torero Stadium. In their final home match of the season two seniors scored goals and two senior tallied assists capping the homestand.

In the 8th minute, San Diego found themselves in the Gaels goalie box as Ryan Guy took a shot which was blocked by Gaels goalkeeper Brian Mason right back to Guy. Guy dished the ball back to Pohl inside the goalie box who found the net taking a 1-0 lead.

In the 14th minute, Guy raced up the left side of the field and into the penalty box where he took a shot from 23 yards out past Mason who dove right. Mason got a hand on the ball but it wasn't enough of a block as the ball rolled into the net for a 2-0 lead.

In the 49th minute, midfielder Kevin Meissner got a ball sent to him at the top of the penalty box. Meissner headed the ball off a bounce to forward JT Howlan who took one touch and fired off a shot past Mason for a 3-0 lead.

In the 80th minute, forward Chase Tangney passed a ball from outside the penalty box sent through two Gael defenders to forward Ciaran O'Brien who one-on-one against Mason. O'Brien's shot went right slipping past Mason lifting the Toreros to a 4-0 victory.

For the Gaels, Carlos Diaz and Mark Araujo tallied three shots each coming in off the bench. Saint Mary's totaled 13 shots in the match. Goalkeeper Brian Mason finished with four goals against and four saves.

For San Diego, Guy had a team high four shots, three shots on goal, one goal and one assist. Howlan had three shots, two shots on goal, and one goal. Lance Friesz tallied three saves giving him his fourth shutout of the 2006 season.

San Diego will travel back to the Bay Area this upcoming weekend to take on the Dons of the University of San Francisco to wrap up their regular season. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at Negoesco Stadium.

Santa Clara - 2
Loyola Marymount - 0

Los Angeles, CA - #10 Santa Clara scored two goals in the second half to spoil LMU Senior Day this afternoon in WCC men's soccer action at Sullivan Field. Keith Devey gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead in the 69th minute and Jide Ogunbiyi added an insurance goal in the 87th minute for the win. LMU outshot SCU 20-13 but came up short in its final home game of the season. The Lions remain in second place in the WCC and will head to San Francisco next Sunday to wrap up the regular season.

LMU came out on fire to open the game, riding the emotions from the pregame ceremony that honored the eight members of the senior class. The Lions passed the ball well and had several outstanding opportunities in the opening minutes but couldn't capitalize. LMU outshot SCU 12-6 for the period but both goalkeeper made three saves to keep the game scoreless.

The Broncos finally broke the scoreless tie in the 69th minute. Devey launched a shot from 27 yards out to the far post that beat LMU goalkeeper Robert Flores.

SCU added an insurance goal in the 87th minute. Ogunbiyi received the ball at midfield, and touched the ball behind the LMU defense. He outran his defenders and beat Flores on a one-on-one opportunity from 18 yards out to put the game away for the Broncos.

LMU started all eight members of its senior class in Sunday's home finale and they played admirably. Diego Souza led all players with four shots, while Bobby Burling and Adam Sloustcher added three shots each. Brian Martin led SCU with four shots.

Flores finished the day with three saves in his final home game, and SCU goalkeeper Joseph Buttitta made four saves. Each team had a goal line save by its defense.

The Lions remain in second place in the WCC with a 5-4-2 record (17 points) and sit one point ahead of San Diego (16 points). San Francisco sits in fourth place with 15 points. The Dons will host both San Diego and LMU this weekend to wrap up the regular season. Santa Clara wraps up the WCC title with the win today, securing the three points to move to 23 points on the season.

Portland - 2
Washington - 1

PORTLAND, Ore. - Sophomore Patrick Jurney and senior Christopher Sanders each scored in the first half as the Portland Pilots defeated the 23rd-ranked Washington Huskies 2-1 in a non-conference men's soccer game at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon. Derek Crismier scored in the second half for the Huskies.

It's the first career goal and game-winning goal for Jurney, a defender, and the seventh score this season for Sanders, a forward.

The win is the second straight over a ranked opponent for the Pilots, who improve to 8-7-2 overall this season. Portland defeated the 16th-ranked San Francisco Dons 2-1 on Friday.

Washington falls to 11-6-1.

Portland netted its first score in the 27th minute. Junior midfielder Matthew Dallman found Sanders with a long pass to the middle of the 18-yard box. Sanders fed sophomore forward Steven Hosseinmardi with a short pass to his left. Hosseinmardi passed it right back to Sanders, who punched it into the right corner of the net. Hosseinmardi was credited with the assist, his second this season.

The Pilots took a 2-0 lead about five minutes later on the score by Jurney. Dallman served up a perfect ball on a corner kick from the left corner. The pass found Jurney, who went inside the far post with a header. Dallman picked up the assist, giving him a team-high six this fall.

UP nearly took a two-goal lead on the play that resulted in Dallman's corner kick. Sanders had beaten UW goalkeeper Rylan Hawkins to a pass in the center of the box. Sanders took a touch to his right and ripped a shot towards the open net from 10 yards out. Washington defender Matt Fischer made a spectacular save, deflecting the ball out of bounds with his foot.

The Huskies stepped up the pressure in the second half and finally found the back of the net in the 72nd minute. Crismier headed in a shot off of a corner kick from Raphael Cox.

The UP defense, along with senior goalkeeper Luis Robles, held on the rest of the way to preserve the win.

Robles, the lone senior on Portland's roster, was making his final regular season appearance at Merlo Field. He went the distance in goal and made fives saves. Robles, a four-year starter on The Bluff, now has 334 career saves, five shy of a Portland career record. Joe Garaventa (1977, 1979-81) is UP's all-time saves leader with 338.

Hawkins made four stops on the day for the Huskies.

Washington outshot the Pilots 14-11 and held a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.

The Pilots conclude the regular season with a pair of conference games on the road next weekend. Portland, who is 4-6-0 in the West Coast Conference, travels to Santa Clara to face the Broncos at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. The Pilots then play the Saint Mary's Gaels on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in Moraga, Calif.