Men’s Soccer: WCC is Within Reach

Steffen Deetjen
Staff Writer

This past Sunday the Dons team earned another victory in an away match over Portland bringing the Dons record to 4-1-0 in the West Coast Conference. Collectively the Dons played well, with forward David Garrett having the biggest impact in the Dons victory. Overall USF fired off thirteen shots with seven on target. Two of those seven shots on target were goals produced by forward David Garrett, his sixth and seventh of the season. The Dons victory of Portland was no easy task. San Francisco asserted their dominance against the struggling Pilots. Garrett put the Dons on the scoreboard in the 25th minute when he connected with a pass from defender Manny Padilla for a six-yard punch in. Two minutes later Garrett scored again, this time unassisted. In the 62nd minute, midfielder Sean Bowman scored an insurance goal giving the Dons a 3-0 lead in the second half. With this fourth victory in the West Coast Conference play, head coach Eddie Soto is ecstatic about his teams form. Although the Dons go into every match expecting a win, their patience and determination is what led to their success for the match.

On Friday, Oct. 30th the team played against Gonzaga and were victorious with a scoreline of 3-1. This victory brought the Dons record to 3-1-0 in the West Coast Conference. The three goals for the Dons came from Sean Bowman, David Garrett, and Davi Ramos. In regards to the match statistics, both teams played relatively well with nearly the same shots taken. The Dons totalled eight shots with three on target. Gonzaga totalled six shots, two on target. Gonzaga was the first team to put a goal on the board as the Zags’ Conner Bevans slipped a shot into the net from the right wing. Fifteen seconds later, the Dons scored an equalizer when forward David Garrett fired a shot into the net from a cross by Davi Ramos. In the 15th minute, Ramos converted a penalty kick to put the Dons ahead of Gonzaga. Although early, Bowman’s goal in the 26th minute, a screamer from the left wing, was the final goal of the game and his third of the season. As the first half drew to a close and the second half went on the Dons had shifted into a sustain mode to preserve the lead.

With a chance at the WCC title San Francisco will face the USD in San Diego on Friday, Nov. 6th. The Torreros are the lone team in front of the Dons in the WCC standings. A win against them will help bolster their title chance before their final game against Loyola Marymount. Cheer on USF in their title push by following live at usfdons.com.

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