Men's Soccer Falls to No. 17 Portland, 2-1

Men's Soccer Falls to No. 17 Portland, 2-1

Nov. 3, 2001

Box Score

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University men's soccer team fell to 17th-ranked Portland on Saturday night by a score of 2-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Pilots rallied from an early 1-0 deficit by scoring two second-half goals to claim the victory.

Santa Clara (8-8-0, 3-1-0 WCC) took the early 1-0 lead when senior Tony Cota scored his first goal of the season at the 7:09 mark of the first half on passes from Jamil Walker and Eric Irvine. The Broncos outplayed the Pilots the remainder of the first half, out-shooting them 7-3 and generally controlling the tempo.

The second half was a different story as the Pilots went on the offensive early and often, taking nine second-half shots, forcing Santa Clara netminder Rusty Johnson to make three spectacular saves. One of those saves just happened to bounce right to Brandon Henley who put away the rebound for Portland, tying the game at one and giving him his 10th goal of the season.

Portland continued the offensive pressure and eventually got the go-ahead goal at the 82:21 mark when Nate Jaqua came away with the ball after a scramble in front of the net and slipped the ball into the back of the net for the game-winner.

The Pilots wrapped-up their WCC season with the win, while Santa Clara will wrap-up its WCC season with two road matches. The Broncos will travel to Moraga, Calif., to take on Saint Mary's next Saturday, followed by a trip to Los Angeles, Calif., where they will take on Loyola Marymount on November 17.

Santa Clara must win its final two games to claim the WCC title and earn the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

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