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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Sept. 23, 2007

Portland - 2
Denver - 1

SEATTLE, Wash.
The Portland Pilots scored once in the first half and again in the second en route to a 2-1 victory over the Denver Pioneers in a non-conference men's soccer game at the Husky Fever Classic on Sunday. Junior Alex Elliott and sophomore Logan Emory each scored for Portland, which evens its record at 3-3-1.

Denver falls to 4-3-0.

Emory struck first for Portland with his first goal of the season in the 36th minute. Emory, who has been playing up front for UP after starting in the defensive backfield as a freshman last fall, took a pass from Elliott and buried a shot inside the far post from ten yards out. It's the second collegiate goal for Emory and the third assist this season for Elliott.

Elliott then gave Portland a 2-0 advantage with his team-high fourth strike of the season in the 49th minute. On a penalty kick, Elliott beat the Denver keeper with a low shot, inside the right post. Portland was awarded the PK after a DU defender took down Eric Fredback inside the 18-yard box.

The lead remained 2-nil in Portland's favor until the Pioneers struck in the 83rd minute. On a free kick from the top of the box, Joe Mathot found the back of the net to cut the Denver deficit to 2-1.

Denver then failed to get the equalizer in the final seven minutes. Portland keeper Austin Guerrero made six saves during the match, while Matt Bredehoft made one stop for Denver.

The Pioneers outshot the Pilots 12-5, while UP held a slim 6-5 advantage in corner kicks.

It's the second game-winner for Elliott this fall. Portland was without the services of starting midfielder Collen Warner, who was issued a red card in Friday's match against Furman.

Portland next opens West Coast Conference play with a game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at home on Saturday. The Pilots and Bulldogs are scheduled to play at 7:00 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Merlo Field.

USD - 0
Loyola (Chicago) - 1

SAN DIEGO, Calif.
The University of San Diego men's soccer team (3-4-0) dropped their second loss of the weekend as they were defeated 1-0 by the Loyola University of Chicago Ramblers (5-2-2, 0-0-1 HL).

The lone goal was scored by in the 39th minute by Markian Zyga. The Toreros attempted to clear the ball out of the penalty box fouling Loyola and allowing them a penalty kick. Zyga took the penalty kick as USD goalkeeper Kelin Briones dove right, and Zyga shot to the lower left corner of the net for the game winner.

San Diego out-shot the Ramblers 8-2 but was not able to find the net. San Diego's San Reeder and Fabrice Gautrat had two shots each.

The winner of the Adidas San Diego Classic soccer tournament is Brown University with four points and two victories on the weekend.

San Diego will appear in the final non-conference match of the season on Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 p.m. against UCLA in Los Angeles.

SMC - 2
SJSU - 1

Moraga, CA
The Saint Mary's men's soccer team earned a 2-1 victory over San Jose State Sunday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. The Gaels came out with two straight goals and held on to earn their fourth victory on the season. After the day, SMC improves to 4-2 overall.

Saint Mary's came out of the gates in the 19th minute to draw the first strike. Sophomore Bryan VanDoorninck put away a perfectly set up ball by junior Justin Kim and sophomore Dylan Leslie.

Kim raced down the far sideline and made a short pass to Leslie, who then slipped the ball across the box to the far-post run of VanDoornick.The Gaels would add onto the lead and put the Spartans away. On a set play from 35 yards out, senior Erik Robert placed a perfect service to the oncoming run of David Blanchard, who found net with his head to give SMC the 2-0 lead in the 64th minute.

SJSU got on the board in the 80th minute when Julio Gonzales took a long pass from Rickey Dorrego and slipped it past Keenan Flynn for the goal.Flynn earned his first career victory. The sophomore allowed one goal and made a game-high four saves. Richard Mann was tagged with the loss after allowing two goals.

Offensively both teams rallied off 13 shots. Kim and Leslie paced the Gaels with three shots a piece while Junior Burgos led SJSU with three of his own.

Saint Mary's will take a well deserved week off before diving into West Coast Conference play. The Gaels will host the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Friday, October 5 at 4 p.m. from Saint Mary's Stadium.

LMU - 0
Columbia - 0

Los Angeles, CA
LMU and Columbia battled to a goalless draw Sunday in the finale of the LMU Invitational at Sullivan Field in Los Angeles. The LMU Lions (2-4-1), despite going 1-0-1 in the tournament, finish second to champions UC Santa Barbara based on goal differential while the Columbia Lions (0-5-1) finish fourth.

Despite ending without any goals, the game was not short of chances. LMU tallied a season-high 21 shots while Columbia attempted 11.The first half was a lively affair with both sides taking several long-range efforts. Junior Brad Stisser came close on three separate occasions for LMU, only to see each sail just wide of the post. Senior Trini Gomez also had an excellent look at the goal but his shot from 18 yards curled wide.

The second half was a continuation of the first, as shots rained down but hardly troubled either goalkeeper. Columbia's Shaun Rowatt had his team's best chance, hitting a side-volley that skirted wide. At the opposite end, LMU freshman Roland Anderson, making his second collegiate appearance, nearly scored on his first touch. Anderson was trailing in the middle as the ball went down the left touchline and was crossed low through the box and eluded several defenders. Anderson ran on and aimed a left-footed shot at the top corner but it was a sliver high.

Sophomore Greg Ricks had LMU's first scoring chance in overtime. Junior Brock Smith's cross from the left was punched out by goalkeeper Michael Testa, falling to Ricks at the edge of the area. With the goalie out, Ricks needed only to put the ball on target but his shot bounced agonizingly wide. Two minutes later, senior Tyler Mehl had a similar effort from distance that beat Testa but was also wide. Off the ensuing goal kick, Columbia's Bayo Adafin was sent in on a one-on-one. Out came LMU redshirt freshmean goalie Patrick Lane, who did enough to put Adafin off his shot as it went out of play.

Testa came up huge for Columbia in the final minutes of the second overtime. LMU served a long ball up that was headed down by redshirt freshman Josh Carroll. It fell to the feet of Stisser eight yards out. Stisser hammered his shot low but Testa got down to smother it. A minute later, Testa stretched down to his right to paw away the long-range effort from Mehl.

Testa had four saves for Columbia while Lane had one for LMU to earn his second career shutout.LMU takes a 12-day break from play with the alumni game scheduled for next Saturday at 10 a.m. They return to competition on October 5 with the West Coast Conference opener at home against Santa Clara.

LMU Invitational Final Standings
1. UC Santa Barbara, 4 pts (+4 GD)
2. LMU, 4 pts (+1)
3. Harvard, 1 pt (-1)
4. Columbia, 1 pt (-4)

All-Tournament Team
Offensive Most Valuable Player:
Chris Pontius, UCSB
Defensive Co-Most Valuable Players: Michael Boxall, UCSB, Adam Sloustcher, LMU
Eric Avila, UCSB
Tino Nunez, UCSB
Patrick Lane, LMU
Rafael Baca, LMU
Andre Akpan, Harvard
Michael Fucito, Harvard
Bayo Adafin, Columbia
Michael Testa, Columbia