Four different players have a hand in game-winning goals.
Tucson, AZ (Wednesday, September, 25 2013) — There was no shortage of drama all over the country this past week as four different FC Tucson players had a helping hand in game-winning tallies.
Santa Clara’s James Huffer arguably had the best week. On Thursday night Huffer scored the game-winner in the 84th minute in his team’s 1-0 win over San Jose State. Then on Sunday Huffer provided the assist on another late-match winner for the Broncos (this one in the 88th minute) during a 2-1 win over UC Irvine.
But Huffer wasn’t the only one getting in on the game-winning fun.
Ricardo Velazco collected his team-leading fourth assist on Louisville’s game-winning goal on Tuesday night against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. (He also tallied a goal last Saturday in a 3-0 win)
Conner Brandt provided the assist for San Diego’s only goal in the Toreros 1-0 win over UC Davis on Friday. Not to be outdone, his teammate, Eli Galbraith-Knapp not only scored the opening goal in a 2-1 win over Sacramento State, but he notched the assist on the game-winning goal as well.
Fellow San Diego teammate Michael D’Arrigo may not have scored a game-winner, but his 12 saves over the Toreros’ two wins (including a shutout) were just as important. And even though he didn’t notch a game winner, Aaron Long scored two goals over the weekend for UC Riverside.
For a full run down on all the weekend’s action, check out the capsules below.
Aaron Long helped lead the Highlanders to a draw and win over the weekend, keeping Riverside’s unbeaten streak alive. Last Thursday, Long scored in the 23rd minute of a 1-1 draw with Cal State Bakersfield. Then on Sunday, Long scored the opening goal in a 2-1 win over UNLV. Long’s teammate, Ivan Garcia, started both matches but didn’t get on the score sheet.
The Bulldogs’ shutout streak was snapped on Friday, but the team picked up where it left off with another shutout on Sunday. Gonzaga fell to Illinois-Chicago 1-0 on Friday night. Conner Bevans and Greg Carter started the match with Carter notching the team’s best scoring chance in the second half, a shot that rattled the frame.
The team bounced back on Sunday with a 2-0 shutout win over No. 21 Wisconsin. Bevans scored the match’s second goal after taking the ball away from a Wisconsin player, playing the ball through a defender and then beating the goalkeeper.
The Flames had just one match over the weekend and a weekday match on Tuesday. Last Saturday, the team shut out American University 1-0. Then on Tuesday, the team dropped a heartbreaker, 3-2, to VMI. Tim Harbison started in the midfield for both matches and notched one shot.
The Cardinals opened their conference season on Saturday with a 3-0 thrashing of UCF. Ricardo Velazco started the match and scored Louisville’s second goal of the evening. Velazco followed up his one-goal performance by notching an assist on the game-winning goal in Louisville’s 1-0 win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Tuesday night. Velazco continues to lead the team in total points (eight) thanks to his two goals and four assists this season.
It was an unbeaten weekend for the Lions as the team won and drew their two matches on Friday and Sunday. Loyola Marymount throttled Sacramento State, 4-0, on Friday night. The team then followed that up with a 1-1 draw against UC Davis on Sunday. While he didn’t notch any points, Ryan Felix started both matches and played in all 200 minutes.
It was a tough weekend to be a Hornet. On Friday night, Loyola Marymount shut out Sacramento State, 4-0. Isaac Ikyurav and Gabe Silveira started but didn’t notch a point. Then on Sunday, the Hornets dropped a close match to San Diego, 2-1. Silviera started the match against his FC Tucson teammates on San Diego, but didn’t notch a point.
After an inconsistent start to the season the Toreros may be finding their form. The team won both of its matches over the weekend. Goalkeeper Michael D’Arrigo set the positive tone when he turned away seven shots in a 1-0 win over UC Davis. His teammate Connor Brandt notched an assist on the game’s only goal thanks to a well-placed cross into the box in the 51st minute.
San Diego followed up that Friday win with a 2-1 win over Sacramento State on Sunday. Eli Galbraith-Knapp scored the match’s opening goal in the 20th minute, his first goal of the season. He then notched an assist on the game winner in the 74th minute. D’Arrigo started again and notched five saves.
It was just one match for the Dons over the weekend and they couldn’t bounce back from a September 15 loss to UC Davis. San Francisco fell to Cal Poly, 2-0, on Friday night. Kevin Gould started the match as a defender but didn’t notch a point.
Santa Clara had a flair for the dramatic over the weekend. The Broncos won both of their matches thanks to late goals scored with less than ten minutes remaining in the match. On Thursday night it was James Huffer with his 84th-minute goal that gave Santa Clara a 1-0 win over San Jose State. Huffer then provided the assist for the Broncos’ second late-match winner (in the 88th minute) in a 2-1 win over UC Irvine. Matt Escobar, Carlos Montes and Max Ornstil started both matches but the trio didn’t get on the score sheet.
South Florida traveled to Columbia, South Carolina, for the Gamecock Classic. The team drew 1-1 against host South Carolina and shut out Kentucky 2-0 in their second match. Dallas Jaye did not play.
The Hokies began their weekend strong when it worked out a 0-0 draw against No. 1 North Carolina in front of their home crowd. But Virginia Tech couldn’t keep the good form going into Sunday and the Hokies fell to Navy 2-0. David Clemens started both matches and took four total shots over the weekend. He nearly scored on Sunday, but his rocket of a shot slammed against the crossbar.