Nov. 3, 2006
Aaron Chandler scored two goals in the final 7:31 to pace USF (11-6-1, 6-5 WCC) to a crucial 2-0 West Coast Conference over the University of San Diego (10-7-1, 5-6-1 WCC) Friday night at Negoesco Stadium.
Chandler, whose second goal made him the all-time West Coast Conference career goal scorer in league play with 17, put the Dons ahead to stay in the 83rd minute. He took a long header from teammate Kevin Long at the corner of the penalty area and beat two Torero defenders before knocking it past San Diego goalkeeper Lance Friesz at 82:29.
It was Chandler's 14rh career game winning goal and he wasn't finished yet. At the 87:12 mark he scored again rifling a shot into the next from close range after a beautiful cross from freshman Conor Chinn. Chandler can become the all-time WCC career points leader with a goal in USF's final game on Sunday against Loyola Marymount.
"This was a game played in a playoff-like atmosphere," said Dons' head coach Erik Visser. "Both teams wanted it badly, and it made for a exciting atmosphere and physical game. What can you say about Aaron Chandler. Fourteen game-winners in college is a great career.
USF outshot the Toreros 10-5, but the Dons' goalkeeper Geremy Uhl was tested throughout the match and made two spectacular saves and a couple of clearances to keep the Toreros off the board. Uhl added to his WCC record with his 15th career league shutout and 25th in his career.
The Dons will close out their regular season on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. when they host Loyola Marymount. Eight USF seniors will be honored before the contest and the 1966 NCAA championship team will be honored at halftime.