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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 21, 2007

LMU - 3
Harvard - 2

Los Angeles, CA
LMU registered its first victory over a top-10 team in a year, knocking off #7 Harvard 3-2 in a rainstorm Friday afternoon in the opening game of the LMU Invitational at Sullivan Field in Los Angeles. The Lions, who are in the midst of playing six ranked opponents in eight games, improve to 2-4-0 while handing the Crimson its first loss of the year to drop to 6-1-0.

LMU entered the game having scored one goal in its first five matches and dropping its last two games against ranked foes. Back at Sullivan Field for the first time since September 1, it didn't take long to snap a three match scoreless drought. Junior Jawaan Delaney, making his first start as a forward, made the move pay off within the first five minutes. Junior Brad Stisser and redshirt freshman Josh Carroll provided the build-up but Delaney provided the technical finish, hitting a side-volley from 16 yards out that beat Harvard goalie Adam Hahn low to his right. It was Delaney's fifth career goal.

With the lead so early, the Lion defense was put under pressure for the remainder of the first half. Redshirt freshman Patrick Lane stopped three shots in the opening 45 minutes to send the Lions into the locker room one up at halftime.

The game picked up in the second half, along with the rain. The storm that had been scheduled to arrive early Friday afternoon finally started just as the teams kicked off for the second half but the Lions did not let it affect them, doubling their lead within 37 seconds of the restart. Freshman Rafael Baca made his way through the Crimson defense, firing a hard shot that was saved by a diving Hahn. The ball came right back to Baca, who fed a pass across the box to a wide open Carroll. Carroll's shot eluded the Harvard defenders and found the empty net for his first career goal.

There was still 44 minutes to play and the wet conditions meant no lead was safe. The Crimson pulled a goal back in the 62nd minute on a spectacular strike from Michael Fucito. Andre Akpan fed Fucito in the middle of the pitch, and Fucito lined up a 25-yard left-footed blast, rocketing the ball past Lane and in off the cross bar.

Harvard's momentum from its goal did not last long as the Lions restored their two-goal cushion just two minutes later. Off a free kick at the midfield stripe, sophomore Blayze Hanson lofted a ball into the penalty area. Baca and his entire 5-8 frame rose above the Crimons defenders to flick the ball on to sophomore Steffen Canty, who poked the ball past Hahn for the first goal of his career.

Harvard made things interesting for the final 11 minutes with a goal at 78:11. Alex Chi and Jaren LaGreca worked the ball down the right, crossing to Akpan inside the six-yard box. Akpan redirected the ball into the net to make it 3-2 and everything to play for down the stretch.

As the rain continued to pelt down, the surface became slippery and unstable but the Lion defense held fast. Lane came off his line to save a header from Chi on the final Harvard chance of the match.

"This is a great win over a very good opponent," Head Coach Paul Krumpe said. "I'm very pleased with the 90 minute effort our team gave today and look forward to building upon this victory with another solid performance on Sunday against Columbia."

Lane finished the match with six saves while Hahn stopped two for the Crimson. Harvard out-shot LMU 15-11 and had a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.

The Lions host Columbia on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the conclusion of the LMU Invitational.

Saint Mary's - 1
Sacramento State - 0

Sacramento, CA
The Saint Mary's men's soccer team got a goal from senior David Blanchard and that is all they would need as Brian Mason and company blanked Sacramento State 1-0 Friday afternoon. After the day, the Gaels move above .500 with a 3-2 mark on the season.

In a defensive battle where both team only got off five shots, it was the shot off the head of Blanchard that secured the victory.

On a free kick taken by sophomore Dylan Leslie, Blanchard used the back of his head to beat CSSU goalkeeper Nick Garguilo in the 76th minute.

The SMC defense kept the Hornets attack in check, enabling Brian Mason to earn his second shutout this season.

Junior Justin Kim led the Gaels with two shots. Fernando Cabadas led the host Hornets with two shots as well.

Mason made one save on the afternoon to secure his 15th career shutout. Garguilo made one save and allowed a goal in the losing effort.

Saint Mary's will continue its week this Sunday against San Jose State. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium.

Portland - 0
Furman - 2

SEATTLE, Wash.
The Portland Pilots men's soccer team surrendered a pair of second half goals and dropped a 2-0 decision to the No. 23 Furman Paladins in the opening game of the Husky Classic at Husky Soccer Field on Friday night. Furman (7-0-0) remains unbeaten with the win, while the Pilots (2-3-1) have lost two straight.

Portland owned an 11-9 edge in shots for the match, but Paladins' goalkeeper Bryan Amos recorded five saves to preserve the shutout.

Furman got on the board first in the 62nd minute on a goal by Eric Baffour. Brooks Duff and She Salinas combined on a sequence that set up Baffour for a 10-yard finish, his sixth goal of the season.

In the 75th minute, Portland sophomore midfielder Collen Warner was booked with a red card for a hard tackle and the Pilots were forced to play the final 15 minutes a man down. Furman capitalized in the 80th minute by drawing a penalty kick and Eliot Paschalis put away the insurance PK goal.

Portland junior Alex Elliott led all players with three shots in the match, while junior defender Michael Gavin had two shots on goal.

The Pilots will conclude the Husky Classic on Sunday at 11 a.m. against Denver.

Gonzaga - 2
Loyola - 1

Corvallis, OR
Sophomore Tye Perdido scored at 78:10 to break a 1-1 tie and give 25th-ranked Gonzaga University men's soccer a 2-1 win Friday over Loyola College in the opening match of the Stephen Hensor/Joe Zaher Classic hosted by Oregon State University.

The win was the second straight for the Bulldogs (4-2-0) while the Greyhounds suffered their first loss in seven outings.

Perdido got a give-and-go from John Reha in the penalty box and beat `Hounds keeper Milos Kocic from five yards for his fifth career goal, three of them match winners. It was the first assist of the season for Reha, who paced the team last year with eight assists. George Josten also got an assist on the play, his second of the season. Josten now has 12 career assists to tie Jeff McAllister for sixth on the career charts, while Reha now has 11 to tie Shaun Flanigan for eighth on the all-time charts.

Josten scored Gonzaga's first goal to continue his offensive mastery at Lorenz Field, home of the host Beavers. He took a cross from Conor Baranski and his shot was deflected past Milos at 60:01 for his third goal of the season to draw the Bulldogs into a 1-1 tie. In seven career matches in Corvallis, Josten has scored seven goals and had four assists. He had four goals and two assists last year in this same tournament.

A Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate, Josten now has 32 career goals to rank fourth behind 2006 USA World Cup team member Brian Ching (34), Jason Kuska (35) and McAllister (45). Josten's 76 career points also rank fourth.

The Greyhounds, out of Baltimore, Md., scored the first goal of the match at 47:19 when Julian Cantillo's shot from 25 yards beat Bulldog keeper Vito Higgins to the upper left corner. It was Cantillo's first goal of the season.

The Bulldog defense of seniors Austin Washington and Daniel Scott, and sophomores Nick Barclay and Tim Muravez, shut down Loyola's big guns. Phil Bannister, who had four goals and an assist entering the match, was held without a shot, and Eddie Dines, who had three goals entering the weekend, had one shot that sailed high.

Gonzaga held a 15-6 edge in shots, including 9-1 in the first half. Higgins had three saves, two in the second half, and Kocic had five, three in the second half. Higgins is allowing 0.83 goals/match.

The Bulldogs will play Northern Illinois University Saturday at 5 p.m. NIU met host OSU in Friday's late match.

USD - 2
Brown - 3

San Diego, CA
The University of San Diego men's soccer team (3-3-0) could not pull out the win in what was a physical battle against the Brown University Brown Bears (5-0-0) that featured 44 fouls, seven yellow cards and one ejection.

The Bears struck first in the 33rd minute with a goal off of a foul shot from midfield by Rhett Bernstein. Dylan Sheehan hit a header which bounced over goalkeeper Kelin Briones and off the post for the 1-0 lead.

Two minutes later, San Diego was fouled in the penalty box for a penalty kick taken by Tannen Wels who fired off a shot to the left past Browns goalkeeper tying the match 1-1.

In the 37th minute, Brown responded when Kevin Davies passed a ball from the left side to Nick Elenz-Martin, who passed it back to Davies firing off a shot from the left corner of the goalie box into the right corner of the net for a 2-1 lead ending the first half.

In the 64th minute, Sheehan took another shot from directly in front of the net 20 yards away. The ball deflected off of teammate Kevin Davies and into the net for a 3-1 lead.

In the 80th minute, the Brown Bears were charged with a hand ball inside the penalty box. Sophomore Fabrice Gautrat lined up the penalty kick getting it past Brown's goalkeeper cutting the lead 3-2 with less than 10 minutes. San Diego however was unable to find the net to tie the match and send it to overtime.

The Bears were charged with 20 fouls to USD's 24. The Toreros out-shot Brown 14-7. Davies too four shots on goals with two goals and one assist. Sheehan took one shot on goal leading to one goal. Gautrat took two shots on goal with one goal. Wells took two shots on goal with one goal.

Brown will face UC Irvine on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. to wrap up the Adidas San Diego Classic while San Diego will face Loyola University of Chicago at 2:30 p.m.