Nov. 3, 2006
Gonzaga - 3
Saint Mary's - 0
MORAGA, Calif. - Junior George Josten scored a pair of goals and senior midfielder Steve Owens collected his first career goal as Gonzaga University downed Saint Mary's College 3-0 Friday in a West Coast Conference men's soccer match.
The win was the second straight for the Bulldogs (8-8-2; 5-5-1) as well as their second straight over the Gaels (4-10-5; 2-7-2).
The win was the 100th in the Gonzaga career of 12th-year head coach Einar Thorarinsson who is now 100-95-16.
Josten, who entered the weekend tied for the WCC goals lead at nine with the University of Portland's Alex Elliott, scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season to give him 28 career goals. He was also knotted with the University of San Diego's Ryan Guy for the points lead with 22, Josten's two goals moving him to 26 points on the strength of his 11 goals and four assists. Josten was the WCC goals (12) and scoring (29 points) leader last season.
Friday's match was his third two-goal outing of the season, the sixth of his career and his first this year in WCC play.
Josten gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead at 37:33 when he got possession of a loose ball and scored from 20 yards. That was all the Bulldogs would need as junior keeper Vito Higgins notched his fourth shutout of the season, two of them coming against Saint Mary's as Gonzaga prevailed 4-0 on Oct. 8 in Spokane. Higgins had six saves in recording his eighth career shutout. The native of Kailua, Hawai'i, tied fellow Hawaiian Mike McCarthy for fourth on the single-season school shutout list. Higgins entered the 2006 season third on the career list and has crept closer to McCarthy and second place, the latter with 13 career shutouts.
Owens, who sat out last season with an injury and returned for a fifth year, gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead at 79:31, John Reha picking up his team-leading eighth assist of the season. Reha dribbled into the box and slipped a pass to Owens who buried a shot to the near post from 8 yards for his first career goal. Reha moved into a tie for first on the single-season assists list with Jeff McAllister and current Gonzaga assistant coach Mike Thompson. His 10th career assist moved him into a tie for eighth with Chris LaRochelle (1995-97) and Matt Blasdel (1996-99).
Josten wrapped up the match with his second marker at 86:09, intercepting an errant clearing pass and scoring from 18 yards.
The Bulldogs kept their hopes alive for a second-place tie in the WCC, but it will be an uphill climb. Gonzaga will end the regular season against newly crowned champion and seventh-ranked Santa Clara University on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a match that will be video streamed on the WCC website at www.WCCsports.com. In order to gain the second-place tie the Bulldogs must have the University of San Diego defeat the University of San Francisco in a late match Friday, the Bulldogs must topple SCU and USF must defeat Loyola Marymount University on Sunday.
San Francisco - 2
San Diego - 0
San Francisco, Calif. - 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.
Santa Clara - 3
Portland - 0
Santa Clara, Calif. - The Santa Clara Broncos continued to prove that they are the class of the West Coast Conference Friday night as they cruised to a 3-0 victory over the University of Portland Pilots at Buck Shaw Stadium. The win stretches the Broncos unbeaten streak to nine games and moves their conference record to 8-1-2. Peter Lowry, Sean Danzeiser and Keith DeVey scored a goal apiece to lead the Broncos (12-3-4 overall) to the win. In goal Joseph Buttitta and Ari Zlotoff combined for the shutout, the team's eighth shutout of the year.
Right from the start of the match, the Broncos came out firing and they jumped into to the lead through Lowry in the 15th minute. Senior midfielder Erik Ustruck got free on the wing and then drove a cross into the heart of the penalty box for a waiting Lowry. The junior captain then one-timed a shot past Portland goalkeeper Luis Robles for a 1-0 advantage. The goal was Lowry's fifth of the season, which momentarily moved him into a tie with DeVey for the team lead.
SCU continued their strong play throughout the half, controlling the tempo and stretching out the Portland defense. While no more goals would come, the Broncos created seven corner kicks and fired six shots at the Portland net.
Just five minutes after halftime, Danzeiser gave Santa Clara a two-goal cushion with another great finish. Freshman Amaechi Igwe picked up a loose ball in midfield and eluded a defender before sending a long ball forward to Danzeiser. Danzeiser outran a defender and then softly chipped the ball over Robles and into the back of the net for his fourth goal of the year.
The goals continued to come as DeVey struck for his sixth goal of the year with an outstanding individual effort only six minutes after Danzeiser's goal. Igwe again set the play up by finding DeVey with a great ball in the box. However, DeVey had the ball stripped from him in the box by the Portland defense after a poor touch. Refusing to give up on the play, the senior forward stole the ball back and ripped a shot past a stunned Robles and into the upper corner. DeVey now has 20 career goals at Santa Clara putting him into a tie for eighth place all-time in program history.
Igwe nearly put the Broncos up 4-0 minutes later but Robles was there to make an incredible save to keep the deficit at three goals. Lowry set Igwe up with a through ball that put him in behind the defense. With Robles off his line, Igwe attempted to chip him from the edge of the 18-yard box, but Robles recovered to tip the ball over the bar.
Buttitta continued his great play in goal with a big save on Portland's Matthew Dallman in the 69th minute. Dallman got free on the right side and drove a shot to the far post, but Buttitta, who was named WCC Player of the Month on Friday, dove to his right to make the save and preserve the shutout.
Santa Clara concludes the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 5 with a match against Gonzaga at 1:00 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium. Sunday is Senior Day as Santa Clara will recognize the contributions of seniors Keith DeVey and Erik Ustruck prior to the game. The NCAA Tournament Selection Show for men's soccer takes place on Monday, Nov. 6 between 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on ESPNEWS. The Santa Clara Athletic Department is hosting a viewing party at the Bronco in Benson Memorial Center for the Selection Show. Immediately following the announcement of the men's tournament field, there will be a question-and-answer session with Rast and selected players. Media members that would like to attend should contact the media relations department at 408-554-2114. All Santa Clara faculty, staff, students, and fans are also invited to attend this annual event.