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Rob Valentino and Geremy Uhl Honored As Soccer Dons Climb in Polls

Oct. 9, 2006

Defender Rob Valentino was named West Coast Conference "Player of the Week" and goalkeeper Geremy Uhl was named to College Soccer News "Team of the Week" after last weekend's sweep of Loyola Marymount and San Diego on the road.

Two-time defending WCC Champion USF has won four straight to move into first place in the West Coast Conference and have a week off where they will only face their alumni on Saturday afternoon. The Dons have recovered nicely from a 0-2 league start with back-to-back weekend sweeps.

The Dons win over Loyola Marymount, 1-0, and San Diego, 2-1, on road. Midfielder Brandon McDonald blasted a shot from 25 yards to give USF its fourth straight win at San Diego Sunday after Chris Rodd scored the lone goal at LMU.

"The team is playing well and with confidence right now," said head coach Erik Visser. "It was a difficult job coming down here and playing two rough road games.

Valentino led a stingy USF defense and assisted on the two game-winning goals. He fed Chris Rodd for the game-winner in the 1-0 win at Loyola Marymount and Brandon McDonald on the game winner at San Diego.

Uhl allowed just one goal in the wins over LMU and San Diego. He made six saves in recording his 13th career WCC shutout at LMU, tying former Pilot and U.S. National Team goalkeeper Casey Keller for the most career shutouts in WCC play. He now has 23 career blankings overall. He allowed just one goal at San Diego, that coming off a rebound of an aerobatic save.

USF has moved up in the soccer polls and is now 15th in College SOccer News and 21st in Soccer America.