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WCC Men's Soccer Recaps

Oct. 14, 2007

Santa Clara - 2
Saint Mary's - 0

MORAGA, CA - The No. 5 ranked Santa Clara Broncos scored two first half goals en route to a 2-0 West Coast Conference win over the Saint Mary's men's soccer team on Sunday afternoon from Saint Mary's Stadium. The loss drops the Gaels overall record to 4-4-1 and 0-2-1 in WCC play. Santa Clara improves to 9-1-2 overall and 4-0-0 in conference play.

Santa Clara opened the game by putting a lot of pressure of the Gaels' defense. In the opening six minutes, Santa Clara took four corner kicks, and scored their first goal as a result of the fourth kick from the corner. After the ball was centered by Peter Lowry, the deflection came to Matt Hatzke at the left corner of the penalty box. Hatzke made a perfect cross to Jamil Roberts, who headed a shot past SMC goalkeeper Keenan Flynn just 6:09 into the contest. It was Roberts' third goal of the season.

Following the Santa Clara goal, Saint Mary's settled down and played even with the no. 5 team in the country for the final 80 minutes. The only other score for the Broncos came on a penalty kick at the 33:03 mark. The penalty kick was set up when Flynn came out to contest a loose ball at the top of the penalty box, and took out Sean Danzeiser. Lowry took the kick and beat Flynn to the left corner.

After Santa Clara outshot the Gaels 8-4 and collected seven corner kicks in the first half, Saint Mary's responded to outshoot the Broncos 6-2, with a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks in the second half. Both teams took 10 shots in the game, and Santa Clara held an 8-5 advantage on corner kicks.

Santa Clara goalkeeper Kevin Klasila recorded two saves en route to his fifth shutout of the year. Flynn made three saves for the Gaels, but allowed two Bronco scores.

San Diego - 1
Gonzaga - 0

SPOKANE, Wash. - University of San Diego senior Colin Jennings scored on a header off a corner kick at 92:35 Sunday, giving the visiting Toreros a 1-0 West Coast Conference men's soccer overtime victory over Gonzaga University.

The loss was the first for the Bulldogs (8-3-1; 3-1-1) in WCC play this season and also snapped the Bulldogs 7-match unbeaten string. USD (5-6-0; 1-1-0), which snapped a four-match losing streak in a Friday win at the University of Portland, defeated Gonzaga for the third straight time and for the seventh time in the last eight meetings dating back to 2003.

Tannen Wels got the assist as Jennings scored his third goal of the season with a header that went high to the top shelf in traffic.

The Bulldogs thought they had scored the first goal of the match in the 74th minute as Philippe Garre put the ball into the net out of a melee in the box, but a hand ball was ruled and the goal was immediately waved off by the referee.

Wels had almost ended the match as the seconds ticked down at the end of regulation, his shot cleared away by Bulldog defender Tim Muravez with two seconds remaining.

But that wasn't the only chance either team had to score.

Wels sent a shot high early in the match as Gonzaga keeper Vito Higgins punched a cross out of harms way that went right to Wels on the right wing at 7:42. Gonzaga's George Josten broke through the Toreros defense and went in on USD keeper Kelin Briones who came out to meet Josten at the top of the box and stuff the shot at 18:40.

In the second half, Jennings had a breakaway down the right sideline and launched a shot from 15 yards that Higgins handled in the 47th minute, and Gonzaga's Grant Lundberg whipped a shot from 15 yards off the right wing in the 71st minute the Briones deflected high.

Gonzaga defender Daniel Scott denied USD's Brandon Kelley a shot in the 43rd minute as Kelley was breaking in on Higgins. In the 61st minute Gonzaga's Tye Perdido broke in from the left wing, faked a defender before dribbling in too deep to get a good shot and having the ball go out the end line for a goal kick as USD's defense rallied to pressure him.

The Toreros had territorial control in the first half and held a 5-4 shots advantage through 45 minutes. But the Bulldogs dominated play for the better part of the second half. USD had a 12-9 edge in shots and had the only two shots in the overtime.

Higgins had five saves for the Bulldogs, Briones three for the Toreros.

Loyola Marymount - 2
Portland - 5

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland junior Bryan Irwin and freshman Ryan Luke each scored twice as the Pilots scored a season-high five times for a 5-2 win over the Loyola Marymount Lions in a West Coast Conference men's soccer game Sunday afternoon at Merlo Field. Portland senior Ryan Oakes handed out three assists, while junior Alex Elliott recorded two.

Elliott leads the conference with six assists this fall.

The Pilots improve to 5-4-3 overall on the season and to 2-1-2 in the conference. LMU drops to 2-7-1 (0-3-0 WCC).

LMU played a majority of the game a man-down, after Nick Blanco was shown a red card in the 27th minute. Blanco appeared to give Elliott a forearm to the face while Elliott was laying on the ground.

After entering halftime tied at 1-1, the Pilots exploded for four second-half strikes, but not before falling behind 2-1 to the short-handed Lions. In the 56th minute LMU's Stephen Carlson gave the Lions a one-goal lead when he converted on a pass from Blayze Hanson.

The Pilots equalized nine minutes later on Irwin's second goal of the game. Oakes sent a perfectly placed cross into the mixer, finding Irwin directly in front of the LMU goal. Irwin headed it in for his third goal this season. Irwin also scored the equalizer in the first half on pass from Elliott. Down 1-0 in the 22nd minute, Elliott fed Irwin in open space just inside the 18-yard box. Irwin rifled a shot that hit the crossbar on the short side, bounced straight down and crossed the goaline.

After Irwin's second equalizer, Luke scored his first goal to give Portland its first lead of the game. Sophomore Collen Warner fed Luke with a through ball down route one. Luke finished with a shot that grazed the left post before finding the net, giving UP a 3-2 lead.

Five minutes later, Warner scored his second goal of the season, making it a 4-2 game. Oakes hit Warner in open space, just inside the top, left corner of the box. Warner took a touch before burying the shot into the right corner of the net.

Luke then capped the scoring with another strike in the 81st minute, with Oakes and Elliott both picking up another assist. Elliott started the play by feeding Oakes in open space inside the top, right corner of the goalie box. Oakes one-touched a cross to Luke, who finished with a defender on his hip.

"That was a great win for us," Bryan Irwin said. "It was good to finally get some goals. We played well, for the most part, and things went our way."

The Pilots finished with 15 shots, while LMU countered with 11. UP also held a slim 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Pilots' freshman keeper Austin Guerrero made three saves during the match. LMU's Patrick Sampson, in his first start of the season, finished with four stops.