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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Nov. 9, 2007

LMU - 1
Gonzaga - 0

Junior Garrett Maloney connected in the eleventh minute for the only score of the game, giving LMU (3-13-1, 1-8-0 WCC) its first win in conference play, 1-0 over #23 Gonzaga (9-4-4, 4-2-4 WCC). The win snapped the Lions nine-game losing streak and was their third win over a ranked team this season.

LMU came out aggressive in the first half, in the eleventh minute, Tyler Mehl found Rafael Baca on the far left side of the field who then kicked a long cross to a waiting Maloney in front of the goal. Maloney's header into the far left post gave the Lions the lead and proved to be the game-winner. It was Maloney's first goal on the season.

The Bulldogs had a few good chances to score early in the game but the Lions defense fended off their efforts. LMU Goalkeeper Patrick Lane had only one save on the day, but his LMU teammates pitched in to keep the Bulldog's out of the net.

The second half of the game saw Gonzaga mostly in Lion territory but each effort by the Bulldogs was thwarted by the stellar play of the defense. In the 78th minute Alex Proano was called for a Yellowcard setting up a free kick for the Bulldogs from 40 yards that was saved by Lane.

The closest the Bulldogs came to tying the game came 11 minutes later when Adam Sloustcher was called for a Yellowcard, setting up another Gonzaga free kick 30 yards from the goal. The kick caused a scramble in the box, and as time ran out Josh Carroll made a sliding effort to kick the ball out of the box, sealing the victory for the Lions.

In a game that saw five Yellowcards, three for LMU and two for Gonzaga, the Lions out-shot the Bulldogs 12 to seven. The victory is the LMU's first in conference play and third on the season.

LMU travels to Northern California next weekend in their season finale. The Lions play San Francisco Friday before taking on Saint Mary's Sunday.

Portland - 1 (2OT)
San Diego - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- Portland senior Michael Gavin drilled the game-winner on a free kick in the 110th minute to propel the Pilots past San Diego 1-0 in double overtime in a West Coast Conference men's soccer game on Friday at Torero Stadium. The win pushes the Pilots past USD into second place in the WCC standings.

Gavin's strike, his second of the season, came with 53 ticks showing on the clock. On the free kick from 35 yards out, Gavin used his left foot and snuck the shot just inside the left post for his first game-winner of the season.

Portland runs its unbeaten streak to six games and improves to 8-4-5 overall on the season and 5-1-4 in the WCC. San Diego falls to 8-8-1 (5-3-1 WCC). UP and USD began the day tied for second place in the conference with Gonzaga with 16 points apiece.

UP freshman goalkeeper Austin Guerrero made nine saves on the night to record his third straight shutout. Guerrero has not allowed a goal in the last 300 minutes played and leads the conference with eight shutouts and 72 saves.

Both teams had several opportunities in the first half. Portland junior Alex Elliott had the game's first good look in the fourth minute. Elliott unleashed a wicked shot from the top of the box that USD keeper Kelin Briones just got his finger tips on, knocking it out of bounds for the save.

San Diego's J.T. Howlan was able to get off a couple of shots in the first stanza, but he was thwarted each time by Guerrero, who finished the first half with six saves.

Portland senior Bryan Irwin also had a chance in the 27th minute, creating a one-v-one opportunity with Briones. Irwin's attempt drilled the cross bar.

Guerrero opened the second half with yet another save on an attempt by Howlan. This time Eddie Ahman served a well-placed cross into the mixer. Howland cracked a one-timer that Guerrero saved and deflected out of bounds.

Still tied in the 85th minute, USD senior Dustin Guerrero tried to go far post with a shot, but his younger brother Austin was again able to make the save.

Regulation ended with San Diego claiming a 14-7 advantage in shots. UP's Guerrero made nine stops to force the overtime.

Both teams attempted a shot in the first overtime with neither attempt finding its mark.

USD finished with a 15-10 advantage in shots and a slim 4-3 edge in corner kicks. Briones made three stops on the night.

Six yellow cards were issued during the match, with four going to Portland and two shown to San Diego.

Portland next heads up I-5 to Los Angeles for a match Sunday against the Loyola Marymount Lions at 1:00 p.m. The Pilots defeated the Lions 5-2 at Merlo Field at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex earlier this season.

Santa Clara - 2
San Francisco - 1

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Kellen Wantulok scored late in the first half for No. 3 Santa Clara to lead the Broncos to a 2-1 victory over San Francisco in West Coast Conference soccer action at Negoesco Stadium. SCU has now gone unbeaten in its past 14 games with a 10-0-4 record during that stretch. Santa Clara is now 12-1-4 (7-0-2 in the WCC) on the season and can wrap up the conference title with a victory on Sunday night against Saint Mary's.

The Dons got out of the gate quickly and surprised the Broncos with a goal just 19 minutes into the match off a set piece. Daniel DeGeer sent a free kick into the box and the Dons' Connor Chinn got up and knocked a header past Broncos goalkeeper Kevin Klasila for his sixth goal of the season.

SCU did not waste anytime tying the score on a free kick of their own. A ball was sent into the box and a Dons' defender leapt to try and clear it out, but ended up deflecting it past goalkeeper Eric Conner to tie the game at a goal apiece.

The Broncos kept the pressure on in the first half and they took the lead with eight minutes to go before halftime. Jeff Cosgriff found Sean Danzeiser running behind the defense deep in the Dons' territory. Danzeiser then slid a pass to Wantulok, who put away his first career goal to put SCU up 2-1.

San Francisco could not break through the tough Broncos' defense in the second half, as SCU ground out a 2-1 victory to keep its recent domination over the Dons going. SCU has now won five in a row over its Bay Area rivals and are 15-1-1 in the past 17 games against USF.

The Broncos host Saint Mary's on Senior Night on Sunday, Nov. 11 to close out their home slate. The match against the Gaels kicks off at 7 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium. Santa Clara will honor seniors Brian Curry, Matt Hatzke, Peter Lowry, Matt Marquess and Jamil Roberts prior to the match.