Montes, Marshall notch goals
Tucson, AZ (Monday, October 1, 2012) — It can be tough for defenders to stand out on the stat sheet. Aside from the occasional goal and assist, most of a defender’s best work isn’t easily seen on paper.
But based on his team’s most recent form Travis Campbell and his fellow defenders have a lot to be proud of. The fourth-ranked Lobos won their seventh consecutive match over the weekend and during that seven-match span Campbell and his back line have allowed just five goals.
This is nothing new for Campbell. During his time with FC Tucson, Campbell helped anchor a defense that was one of the stingiest in the Premier Development League. During one stretch early in the season, FC Tucson had a 548-minute shut out streak.
Campbell’s season was cut short due to injury, but during his time with FC Tucson Campbell appeared in six games for 518 minutes and scored a goal. He was also named the PDL Player of the Week on June 14.
How’d the rest of FC Tucson players fare this weekend? Check out the capsules below.
The Pilots won both of their matches over the week. On Wednesday, September 26, Portland defeated Gonzaga 4-1. Then on Friday, September 28, the Pilots blanked San Francisco 1-0. Midfielder Colin Anderson earned an assist on the game’s lone goal after his shot on net was redirected past the goalkeeper. Anderson and fellow midfielder Thomas Iwasaki came off the bench and played in both matches.
The Hornets made an impressive debut in the Big West Conference over the weekend thanks to back-to-back conference wins. On Friday Sacramento State defeated UC Irvine 2-1. Then on Sunday, September 30, the Hornets downed Cal State Northridge 1-0. Defender Matt Linenberger and forward Max Alvarez started both matches but neither earned a point.
The Toreros opened conference play on Friday against Santa Clara and fell 2-0 to the Broncos. Goalkeeper Michael D’Arrigo started but had to come out of the game in the 24th minute after he took a boot to the face. The injury later required several stiches. His teammates went on to drop Saint Mary’s 3-2 on Sunday, snapping a four-game losing streak. Midfielders Eli Galbraith-Knapp and James Cohn started both matches.
Goalkeeper Brendan Roslund had a solid weekend between the pipes despite splitting the Dons’ two matches. On Friday night San Francisco fell to Portland 1-0 after a shot on net was deflected just before getting to Roslund. The club bounced back on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Gonzaga. Roslund recorded three saves and has a 0.92 goals against average this season. Defender Danny Kirkland started on Friday and came in as a substitute on Sunday but didn’t notch a point.
The Broncos began conference play with back-to-back wins. Forward Carlos Montes scored a goal in Santa Clara’s 2-0 win over San Diego on Friday. Montes scored in the 69th minute from a free kick 15 yards out.
“That was my shot at redemption. I had missed one in the first half so I had to put that one in,” Montes told SantaClaraBroncos.com. “When I walked up there I was really focused on getting it over the wall and into the net.”
The Broncos defeated Loyola Marymount 1-0 on Sunday but Montes did not score. Defender Wes Culver started both matches over the weekend and helped Santa Clara continue its shutout streak (three matches).
Midfielder Aaron Long took four total shots over two starts this weekend but did not score. The Highlanders split their two matches: a 3-1 loss to No. 3 UC Santa Barbara on Friday night followed by a 3-2 overtime win over Cal Poly on Sunday.
Forward Nick Marshall was the lone bright spot in the Rebels’ conference-opening 5-1 loss to Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday, September 29. Marshall’s goal came in the 28th minute after he collected a failed penalty kick and sent it into the back of the net. Marshall now has five goals this season.
Cal State Bernardino
The Coyotes were blanked over the weekend but it wasn’t for lack of trying. Forward Ricardo Velasco led the team in shots during both of San Bernardino’s matches. On Friday he took nine shots in a 0-0 draw against Cal State Los Angeles. On Sunday Velasco led the team again with four shots in a 2-0 loss to UC San Diego.
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