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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Nov. 18, 2007

Saint Mary's - 2
LMU - 1

Moraga, CA - On the final day and Senior Day for the Saint Mary's men's soccer team, it was only fitting that senior midfield Eric Robert scored the game-winning goal with just five seconds left in regulation. Saint Mary's defeated the Loyola Marymount Lions 2-1 in the final game of the regular season for both teams.

The final goal was scored on the 90th minute, after LMU was whistled for a foul at the top of the penalty box. From almost straight on, Robert fired a left-footed shot into the top left corner of the goal to give the Gaels (7-9-2/3-7-2 WCC) their first lead of the game with just five seconds left on the clock. It was Robert's second goal of the season and the second of his career. Both goals have been game-winning scores for the senior who was playing in the final game of his career.

In a very physical game that produced 32 fouls, seven yellow cards, and two red cards, LMU took a 1-0 lead before playing the final 75 minutes of the game down a player. In the 14th minute, LMU's Rafael Baca hit a shot from 22 yards out that caromed off the crossbar. Steffen Canty collected the rebound and scored his first goal of the season at 13:20. The Lions' Greg Ricks picked up his second yellow card at 14:54 to put LMU down a player for the rest of the game.

Loyola Marymount (3-16-1/1-11-0 WCC) held a 1-0 lead until 62:48 when Mark Araujo scored on a controversial goal for Saint Mary's. SMC's Nick Cashmere took a shot from the right corner of the penalty box and Araujo redirected the shot with a header. After redirecting the shot, the ball then hit the far post and looked like it bounced away from the goal. LMU played the ball off the goal line, but the official ruled that the ball did hit inside the goal line, giving SMC the equalizing goal.

Loyola Marymount out-shot the Gaels 11-7 in the game but the Gaels held a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks. Saint Mary's senior goalkeeper Brian Mason made four saves to record the win. LMU goalkeeper Patrick Sampson made just one save in the game.

The Gaels wrap-up their 2007 campaign with a 7-9-2 overall record and will finish fifth in the West Coast Conference standings with a 3-7-2 records. Saint Mary's edged San Francisco for fifth place as the Dons lost to San Diego today to fall to 3-8-1 in WCC play.

San Diego - 2
San Francisco - 1

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The University of San Diego Toreros finished the 2007 regular season with a 2-1 victory over the University of San Francisco Don's Sunday afternoon. The win improves USD's record to 11-8-1 overall, and an 8-3-1 WCC mark while the Don's fell to 7-11-1 and 3-8-1 in conference.

The Toreros were off to a slow start as the Don's scored early in the match. Forward Jordan Keyes took a shot which was blocked by Torero keeper Kelin Briones. The ball bounced back to Ben Dessard who sent a pass to the post Ardalan Atter who nailed a shot in the lower corner of the net.

USD responded nine minutes later in the 12th minute when San Francisco came at the Toreros with a hard foul. Colin Jennings lined up a free kick which found the net for the 1-1 tie.

San Diego stepped up again 22nd minute to take the lead when sophomore forward JT Howlan put a nice juke move just outside the penalty box breaking through the defense leaving just the keeper to beat. Howlan shot's went right for the 2-1 win over USF.

USD keeper Kelin Briones allowed one goal and recorded four saves. Don's keeper Eric Conner allowed two goals and recorded four saves. San Francisco out-shot USD 17-7.

San Diego finishes the season in better shape than last year 11-8-1 overall and above .500, an improvement upon last season.

Santa Clara - 2
Portland - 1

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Santa Clara men's soccer team completed an unbeaten season in the West Coast Conference with a 2-1 win over the Portland Pilots at Merlo Field. Ranked No. 3 in the country, the Broncos have now gone unbeaten in 17 straight matches, good for second all time in program history. Kellen Wantulok and Ross Smith scored first-half goals for Santa Clara (15-1-4, 10-0-2 in the WCC) to lead them to the victory.

Santa Clara dodged an early bullet, as the Pilots hit the post just three minutes into the game. The Pilots Bryan Irwin hit a shot from the top of the box that struck the post before being cleared away.

However, the Broncos recovered from that slow start to apply heavy pressure to the Pilots goal. Sean Danzeiser, Kellen Wantulok and David Castellanos all had solid opportunities for the Broncos in the opening 25 minutes, but none could find the back of the net.

The pressure finally paid off in the 27th minute with Wantulok netting his second goal of the season. Senior Peter Lowry slipped a perfectly weighted pass through the defense for Wantulok, who out-ran the defense and hit a shot past Pilots goalkeeper Austin Guerrero. The assist was Lowry's fifth of the season and it tied him for the conference points lead.

SCU gave the lead back 13 minutes later on a defensive miscue. Broncos goalkeeper Kevin Klasila came off his line to clear a ball away, but his clearance struck one of his defenders and deflected into the goal to tie the game 1-1.

Refusing to put their heads down, the Broncos came right back to regain the lead with only 20 seconds left in the half. Lowry was again the catalyst, as he sent a ball to the wing for Brian Martin. Martin sent a cross into the box that found Ross Smith, who blasted a shot past Guerrero and a handful of Pilots' defenders into the upper corner. The goal was the first of Smith's career at Santa Clara and SCU headed into the locker with a 2-1 lead.

Klasila and the Broncos defense would make the lead hold up in the second half. Klasila made a save on a Frankie Lopez header midway through the half and also stopped a breakaway by the Pilots to keep Santa Clara in front.

Both Jeff Cosgriff and Martin hit the crossbar with shots in the second half, as the Broncos did not stop attacking en route to becoming the first WCC team to go unbeaten in conference play since the double round robin format was adopted in 2004.

The Broncos will now await their seed in the NCAA Tournament. The entire bracket for the tournament will be announced on Monday, Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m. PT on ESPNews.