Oct. 25, 2003
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Jason Pan's goal with only 1:47 remaining in double overtime lifted the sixth-ranked Santa Clara University men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over the University of Portland Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Much like last season's double-overtime contest in Portland, the Broncos and Pilots battled tooth and nail the entire match. This time it was SCU who came out on top as Pan's third goal of the season moved the Broncos' record to 11-2-3 overall and 3-0-0 in West Coast Conference action. With the loss, Portland falls to 7-7-0 overall and 2-1-0 in league play.
The first half was dominated by the defense on both sides as only one shot was taken by either team in the half. Santa Clara out-shot Portland by a 5-4 margin in the second half and a 3-0 margin the overtime periods.
The final shot was the one that counted as the Broncos took advantage of the Pilots' aggressive nature as their 21st foul of the game came just outside the penalty box. Pan, a junior from Milwaukee, Wis., bent a low ball around the right side of the wall and just inside the right post into the back of the net for the game-winner.
Portland keeper Luis Robles made two saves in the second half but was unable to reach the low bending shot from Pan in the second overtime. Paul Robinson was very good for Portland on the defensive side and his lone shot of the game was a dangerous one that SCU netminder Steve Cronin was able to stop.
Cronin was brilliant between the pipes for SCU, making four saves on the five shots taken by the Pilots. Ryan Cochrane and Pan also guided the stingy Bronco defense as the duo dominated play in the Santa Clara half, both in the air and on the ground.
The shutout is the team's ninth of the season and Cronin's sixth. Santa Clara improves to 5-0-1 this season and extends their home unbeaten streak to 11, as their last loss at "The Shaw" came on September 26, 2002 to California.
Santa Clara returns to road next weekend for a league match at Saint Mary's at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 2. The Broncos are currently tie for first place in the WCC with San Diego who is also 3-0-0 after defeating Loyola Marymount in double-overtime Friday night. SCU and USD are slated to play in Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday, November 8 at 1 p.m.