It looks as if the Dons were putting in the extra effort to redeem
themselves from their prior losses to both teams they saw again this
past weekend. Just recently USF exhibited two losses on the road;
in San Diego they were shutout 1-0 and lost 2-1 at Loyola Marymount
University. With a bye weekend, the Dons had time to regain their
energy and prepare for revenge.
On October 30, 2011 at 7pm the University of San Francisco men’s soccer
team saw victory against the University of San Diego’s Toreros (7-6-1, 4-
2-1 WCC). Then on Sunday afternoon the Dons saw defeat against Loyola
Marymount University Lions (6-9-1, 4-3-1 WCC). San Francisco was able
to shutout the Toreros 4-0; however, the same could not be said in their
contest against the Lions who instead took the win in overtime. The result
tied San Francisco (6-7-2, 4-3-1 WCC) with LMU for first place in the West
Coast Conference and gave the Dons their first loss at home against a
WCC opponent this season.
The Dons came out strong both in defense and offense in Friday’s contest,
they controlled the game’s pace and were able to make 4 conversions
even though San Diego had a 18-10 edge in shots on goal that night. For
the second time this season sophomore goalkeeper Brendan Roslund
produced a career high of 11 saves. Roslund’s outstanding performance
prevented San Diego from taking advantage of any scoring opportunities.
The Dons got the game going in the 21st minute with a goal put in by
freshman David Romney on the assist headed to him by sophomore
Mauricio Diaz de Leon off a corner kick.
Late in the first half sophomore Vegard Karlsen scored from a penalty kick
giving USF a 2-0 lead going into the second half.
The Dons dominated in the second half scoring another two goals.
Freshman Taylor Krueger obtained his first goal of the season in the 57th
minute off a free kick from sophomore Benjkay Kajihara toward freshman
Miguel Aguilar who produced the assist to Kruegar.
In the 63rd minute it was then Kruegar with the assist to freshman Kyle
Macleod for the 4th and final goal for the Don’s shutout.
On this beautiful Sunday afternoon, the Dons came out strong dominating
the majority of the game, but they lacked the ability to make the conversion
before LMU. With the golden goal rule in effect, the Lions secured a win
just 36 seconds into the overtime period. The Dons play hard and this
made for a tough and disappointing loss only because the win was so
close, but as the Coach Visser said “there’s games that you dominate
and lose…obviously in overtime anything can happen.” This young
team dominated and played well so they will just need to bounce back
to prepare to take on their old rivals, Santa Clara, Wednesday night at