Aug. 28, 2006
The 10th ranked University of San Francisco men's soccer team visits San Jose State Sunday evening after sweeping past Bay Area rivals California and Stanford to win the WCC/Pac 10 Challenge.
As a result of the 1-0 win at California and the 2-0 win at home against Stanford, the Dons have moved up to #10 in the Soccer America poll and #18 in the College Soccer News poll. In addition, USF goalkeeper Geremy Uhl was named West Coast Conference "Player of the Week" and was the goalkeeper on the College Soccer News "Team of the Week."
Uhl made six saves, including a game-saving stop on a California breakaway, to earn two shutouts in USF's two wins. He shared Player of the Week honors with LMU's Trini Gomez, who scored the only goal in LMU's upset win at Connecticut. Uhl now has 20 career whitewashes.
The schedule, even after an tough start, gets even harder over the next month, with six consecutive road contests. USF will play at San Jose State on Sunday at 7:00 p.m., a team that narrowly lost to Cal State Fullerton in overtime 3-2 on the 27th.
From there, the Dons visit the Penn State tournament on September 8th and 10th, where they will face #21 Penn State and #20 Ohio State.
The road challenge continues with games at #22 Cal State Northridge on September 15th and at #6 UCLA on the 17th in the Southland.
After those five non-conference clashes, USF will open WCC play at St. Mary's on September 22nd before finally playing again at Negoesco Stadium on the 24th against #25 Santa Clara.
"The schedule is obviously very difficult and of course we would prefer to be playing at home," said head coach Erik Visser, "but this will prepare us for both the WCC regular season and postseason play should we earn it.
"We were very excited by the large turnout of fans for our game Sunday," he continued. "It certainly made for a great atmosphere and fueled the squad. It is also nice to be ranked in the top-10. It has been a while since we've been that high. We will have a large target on our backs as we face this difficult schedule."
USF Notes: USF had three players debut last weekend, defender Chris Rodd (transfer from William and Mary), junior college All-American Ardalan Attar (who scored the first goal in the Stanford win) and freshman Tyler Ruthven (son of Phillies pitcher Dick Ruthven)...Junior Adam Bergman had a big part in USF's success this weekend. He came on as a sub against Cal and set the low cross into the box that was deflected in for USF's goal in 1-0 win. He also assisted on the first goal against Stanford and scored the insurance goal in 2-0 win.
SOCCER AMERICA POLL (8/28/06)
1. North Carolina (2-0-0) 12. SMU (2-0-0) 23. Virginia (2-0-0) 34. Maryland (2-0-0) 45. Clemson (1-0-0) 66. UCLA (0-0-1) 57. UNC Greensboro (2-0-0) 128. Indiana (2-0-0) 149. Duke (2-0-0) 1510. San Francisco (2-0-0) 1711. Wake Forest (2-0-0) 1812. Virginia Tech (2-0-0) 1913. UC Santa Barbara (1-1-0) 2114. Loyola Marymount (1-0-0) NR15. UAB (1-1-0) NR16. Connecticut (0-1-0) 817. New Mexico (0-0-1) 1618. Notre Dame (1-1-0) 1019. Akron (1-1-0) 720. Ohio State (1-0-1) NR21. Penn State (1-1-0) 1122. Cal State Northridge (0-0-1) 2423. Fordham (1-0-0) NR24. South Florida (1-1-0) 925. Santa Clara (1-0-1) NR