Nov. 11, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Tanen Wels scored the lone goal of the match against a shorthanded Gonzaga University squad to give the University of San Diego a 1-0 West Coast Conference men's soccer victory Sunday at Torero Stadium
The loss was the second 1-0 setback of the weekend for the Bulldogs (9-5-4, 4-3-4) after suffering a similar loss Friday at Loyola Marymount University. Gonzaga fell into fourth place in the WCC standings with league-leading and third-ranked Santa Clara University visiting Martin Field Friday at 1 p.m. in the regular-season finale for the Bulldogs.
SCU eliminated Gonzaga from the WCC chase with its 2-1 victory over the University of San Francisco on Friday. The Broncos (7-0-2) had 23 points going into a Sunday night home match with Saint Mary's College. The University of Portland (6-1-4), which swept USD and LMU over the weekend, is second with 22 points. USD (6-3-1) is third with 19 points and Gonzaga is fourth with 16 points. The best the Bulldogs can finish in the WCC is tied for third with USD, the Toreros finishing the regular season with matches at Saint Mary's College and the University of San Francisco next weekend. Gonzaga must beat SCU and USD must drop both matches for the Bulldogs to gain the third-place tie.
The Bulldogs were forced to play a man short when senior defender Daniel Scott picked up a red card for dangerous play 14 seconds into the second half, which by rule sidelines him for Friday's match with SCU. The Toreros capitalized 10 minutes later when Tanen Wells took a JT Howlan cross and fired a shot from 23 yards that went through the hands of Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins and into the right lower corner of the net at 55:19.
Each team had a pair of shots in the first half. Tye Perdido and Tim Muravez tested USD keeper Kelin Briones, who made three saves in the match for his sixth shutout of the season. Gonzaga was out shot 8-2 in the second half - 10-4 for the match - and George Josten had the lone Bulldog shot on the goal in the second half in the 68th minute.
Higgins kept the match scoreless in the first half with his lone save of the half when Eddie Ahman's header in the 31st minute from inside the penalty box was saved by Higgins.