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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Nov. 11, 2007

Portland - 3
Loyola Marymount - 0

LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- Portland sophomore Collen Warner scored a goal and handed out an assist as the Pilots picked up their fourth straight shutout with a 3-0 win over the Loyola Marymount Lions on Sunday at Sullivan Field. Junior Alex Elliott tallied the game-winner for Portland, which runs its unbeaten streak to seven games.

The Pilots, who improve to 9-4-5 overall and 6-1-4 in the West Coast Conference, sit alone in second place in the league standings with 22 points. First-place Santa Clara, which plays Saint Mary's on Sunday night, is in first place with 23 points.

Portland entered the weekend tied in the standings with San Diego and Gonzaga. The Pilots took care of USD 1-0 in double overtime on Friday, while Gonzaga lost to both LMU and the Toreros.

The win over LMU (3-14-1, 1-9-0) sets up a huge, regular-season finale for the Pilots as Santa Clara visits Merlo Field on Sunday, Nov. 18. The Broncos and Pilots will meet at 2:00 p.m. with playoff implications on the line. The Pilots can also improve their post-season chances when they travel to Cal Poly on Friday, Nov. 16, for a non-conference match. The Mustangs were ranked 19th in the most recent Soccer America rankings.

Elliott began the scoring for Portland on Sunday with a strike in the 22nd minute. On a free kick, Warner went short to Elliott, who buried a frozen rope into the top shelf to give the Pilots a 1-nil advantage. It's Elliott's team-leading sixth goal of the season and the fourth assist for Warner. UP was awarded the free kick after a yellow card was shown to LMU's Blayze Hanson

The game then took an ugly turn as players were ejected from both sides. In the 28th minute, Portland senior Ryan Oakes was shown a red card after a hard tackle on an LMU player. Moments later, the Lions' Rafael Baca was also red carded for apparently throwing a punch. LMU's Jawaan Delaney, who was on the bench at the time, was also given a red card during the melee.

Both teams played with 10 players on the field for the remainder of the match.

Still up 1-0 in the second half, Warner gave Portland a two-goal lead with his third strike of the season. On a through ball from redshirt-freshman Alex Kraus, Warner created a one-v-one opportunity after beating an LMU defender. Warner went inside the left post to beat LMU goalkeeper Patrick Lane in the 72nd minute. Kraus picked up the assist for his first career point.

Junior Bryan Irwin added the gravy with his fourth goal of the season in the 77th minute. Irwin finished on through ball from freshman Jarad vanSchaik in the top-right corner of the net.

Portland freshman keeper Austin Guerrero, who has not allowed a goal during the last 386 minutes played, and junior goalie Nick Comstock combined for Portland's eighth shutout of the fall. Comstock replaced Guerrero in the 86th minute, marking the first time this season that Guerrero has come out of a game.

Portland finished the game with the one red card, while LMU was issued two reds and four yellows.

San Diego - 1
Gonzaga - 0

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team (9-8-1, 6-3-1 WCC) sent their senior class out on a high note in their final home match of the season as they defeated Gonzaga University (9-4-4, 4-2-4 WCC) 1-0 Sunday afternoon from Torero Stadium.

The first half consisted of numerous great shot attempts from both teams. Junior mid fielder Eddie Ahman had one look in the 31st minute from inside the penalty box on the near side, a header which was saved by Bulldog keeper Vito Higgins. The first half ended tied 0-0.

After the intermission, USD caught a break as 14 seconds into the second half Gonzaga defender Daniel Scott had a dangerous play and was issued a red card. Down a man, USD looked to capitalize on the opportunity, and JT Howlan did just that 10 minutes later. Howlan and senior forward Tannen Wels sprinted up field for a ball which Howlan gained possession of. He sent a cross from the far side to Wels who was 23 yards away in front of the net. Wels fired off a shot through the hands of Higgins and into the right lower corner of the net for the 1-0 win.

Higgins posted a loss falling to 9-4-4 overall and recorded three saves. Briones records his sixth shutout of the season recording three saves. USD out-shot the Bulldogs 10-4 and posted six corner kicks to Gonzaga's one.

The Toreros wrap up the 2007 season with a road trip to the bay area to take on Saint Mary's and San Francisco next weekend. The Toreros start with Saint Mary's in Moragao, California on Friday afternoon at 2:00.

Santa Clara - 4
Saint Mary's - 1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The No. 3 Santa Clara Broncos captured the school's 10th West Coast Conference title with a 4-1 win over Saint Mary's at Buck Shaw Stadium. Peter Lowry, Stephen McCarthy, Ricky Character and David Castellanos all scored goals to stretch the Broncos' unbeaten streak to 15 games. SCU, which also won the WCC title last season, is now 13-1-4 and 8-0-2 in conference play. The victory also clinched an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament for Santa Clara.

Peter Lowry got SCU on the board early with a goal in the first 10 minutes of the match. Jalil Anibaba found Aaron Clubb at the top of the box and he re-directed a pass to Lowry. Lowry took a touch and then unloaded a shot into the far lower corner past Gaels goalkeeper Keenan Flynn for a 1-0 lead.

Lowry set up Sean Danzeiser for a great opportunity in the 28th minute. After receiving the ball 30 yards from goal, Lowry beat a defender and then slipped a ball through for Danzeiser. Danzeiser ran past one defender and froze the goalkeeper, but his shot was blocked by the defense.

Sophomore Jeff Cosgriff tested Flynn with a header with nine minutes left in the half after some great work by Matt Marquess on the left wing. Marquess got himself some space inside the box and sent a cross to the back post for Cosgriff, who dove and headed the ball on frame. Flynn came flying across the goalmouth to make an acrobatic save and deny the Broncos.

SCU grabbed a 2-0 lead early in the second half off a corner kick. Lowry sent the corner into the heart of the penalty box and the ball deflected down to Stephen McCarthy in front of goal. He calmly buried a shot past Flynn to put the Broncos in command of the match.

Lowry was a part of the Broncos third tally as well. The senior captain picked up a loose ball on the left wing and then blew by a defender before driving a cross into the box. Ricky Character timed his run perfectly and touched the ball to the far post for his first career goal and a 3-0 Bronco lead.

David Castellos stretched the lead to 4-0 with a goal in the 75th minute. Just moments after stepping on the field as a sub, Castellanos got on the end of a Ryan Brown cross and nodded a header past Flynn. The goal was the second of the season for Castellanos.

The Gaels would pull one back with 13 minutes remaining on Kurt Thompson's first goal of the season. Michael Lawler collected a pass on the left wing and cut inside before passing to Thompson at the top of the box. Thompson picked out the lower corner and buried a shot past Joseph Buttitta.

Santa Clara finishes the regular season next weekend in the Pacific Northwest. SCU takes on Gonzaga on Friday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. PT in Spokane, Wash. The Broncos then head to Portland to take on the Pilots on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. PT.