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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Oct. 12, 2007

San Diego - 2
Portland - 1

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland senior Eric Fredback notched his first goal of the season, but it wasn't enough as the San Diego Toreros held off the Pilots 2-1 in a West Coast Conference men's soccer game Friday night at Merlo Field. The Toreros scored both their goals in the first half.

Down 2-0 in the second half, Portland stepped up the pressure and outshot USD 11-2 after the break. The Pilots finally capitalized on a corner kick in the 74th minute. Junior Alex Elliott served up a perfect ball right in front of the San Diego net. The 6-foot-4 Fredback out-jumped everybody and beat the keeper with a header, low and to the right.

Fredback, a defender, becomes the ninth Pilot to score a goal this season, while Elliott records his team and conference-high fifth assist.

The Pilots then fired off five more shots in the final 16 minutes, but never seriously threatened the USD goal. San Diego improves to 4-6-0 (1-1-0 WCC), while Portland falls to 4-4-3 (1-1-2 WCC).

The Toreros made it a 1-nil game with a strike in the 22nd minute. Portland was able to clear a cross from the left side, but the ball ended up at the feet of Brett Hiroto, 25 yards out. On a volley, Hiroto sent a purely struck ball inside the left post and just out of the reach of a diving Austin Guerrero, UP's freshman keeper. It was the first goal allowed by Guerrero and the Portland defense in the last 306 minutes played.

USD struck again six minutes later. The initial pass from the San Diego midfield skipped past UP's backline. J.T. Howlan gained possession inside Portland's 18-yard box, forcing Guerrero off his line to challenge. Howlan then fed an unmarked Colin Jennings, who easily finished from point-blank range.

Guerrero finished with two stops for the game, including a save on a shot from his older brother Dustin, a senior midfielder for the Toreros. USD's Kelin Briones totaled five saves on the night.

Portland owned the battle of possession and finished with a 15-6 advantage in shots and a 5-1 edge in corner kicks. Both teams were shown two yellow cards during the match.

The Pilots next host the Loyola Marymount Lions on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Merlo Field at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex. The Lions dropped a 3-1 match to Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., earlier Friday.

Gonzaga - 3
Loyola Marymount - 1

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's men's soccer team ran its unbeaten streak to seven matches and remained undefeated in West Coast Conference play with a 3-1 win over Loyola Marymount University Friday at Martin Field.

The Bulldogs (8-2-1, 3-0-1) haven't been on such a tear since 1998 when the squad put together a 12-match unbeaten string that included an 8-match winning streak, the Bulldogs going 10-0-2 during the streak.

Gonzaga took an early 1-0 lead when Spokane native Grant Lundberg scored his third goal of the season at 13:04 on a sprawling header off a cross from George Josten. The ball skittered past LMU (2-6-1, 0-2-0) keeper Patrick Lane to the far right post and into the net, Lundberg getting just enough on the ball to re-direct it at the last second.

The Lions came back to knot the match at 35:00, Rafael Baca scoring his first goal of the season on a shot that just eluded diving Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins. It was the first goal against the Bulldogs and Higgins in 255:05.

Tye Perdido scored his third goal of the season and notched his second match winner at 59:50. Tim Muravez gained possession in the box and fed Perdido on the left side who beat Lane to the upper corner.

Freshman Phillippe Garre scored his second career goal for the insurance tally at 72:54. He took a pass from Lundberg and beat Lane from straightaway from 18 yards.

The Bulldogs held a 22-4 edge in shots as the Lions managed just two shots in each half. Higgins was called on for just one save late in the match. Lane had six saves in the LMU net.

The Bulldogs are off to their best WCC start since 200 when they won their first three matches. The 1998 team won its first five WCC matches before losing its season-finale to finish 5-1. The WCC adopted the double round robin schedule in 004.

Santa Clara - 2
San Francisco -1

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Freshman Jalil Anibaba made his first career goal a memorable one, volleying in the game-winning goal with two seconds on the clock to give Santa Clara University a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Dons. The Broncos and Dons had traded first half goals on a rainy night at Buck Shaw Stadium and the game appeared headed to overtime before Anibaba struck for the Broncos. SCU improves to 8-1-2 (3-0-0 in the WCC) with the win and is now unbeaten in its past eight matches.

The winning goal came after a near miss by Peter Lowry on a free kick. Lowry fired a free kick with 20 seconds left to the far post, but Dons goalkeeper Eric Conner made a diving save to keep the game tied. Captain Jamil Roberts alertly picked up the ball and took the ensuing corner kick with just under 10 seconds to play. Anibaba leapt and drove home a side-volley that split three Dons players and found the back of the net with only two seconds remaining, setting off a wild celebration at Buck Shaw Stadium.

While SCU won the game, it was the Dons who found the goal first in the 20th minute. Jonathan McMullen chipped a shot from inside the box that beat Broncos goalkeeper Kevin Klasila and hit the far post. USF's leading goal scorer, Conor Chinn, was in perfect position to tap the ball into the net and put USF up 1-0.

Broncos midfielder Stephen McCarthy made sure the Dons lead would not last, as he scored an incredible goal three minutes later. McCarthy intercepted a poor clearance by the Dons and chipped a long-range shot that sailed over Conner and hit the upper corner. McCarthy has now scored in two straight games and has three goals overall this season.

In the second half, the teams both pushed for the equalizer, but a combination of wet field conditions, strong goalkeeping and the post kept the game tied until Anibaba's magical strike.

Senior Matt Marquess was denied by the post in the 69th minute after a steal outside the box. Marquess picked up a loose ball at the top of the Dons' box and fired a low shot past Conner that hit the outside of the post.

San Francisco appeared to have a great chance with 15 minutes left after stealing a pass in their defensive third. The Dons broke out four-on-one, but a smart play by Anibaba, the lone Bronco in the back, led to an offside call on San Francisco.

Brian Martin also had an opportunity to break the deadlock in the late stages. Roberts chested down a cross from the left wing to Martin at the edge of the penalty box. Martin fired a volley, but the ball was deflected wide of the goal. Anibaba then played the role of hero.