UC Riverside-San Diego and San Francisco-Sacramento State highlight teammate showdowns.
By H. Jose Bosch
Tucson, AZ (Monday, September, 17 2013) — Of FC Tucson’s 20 college players this season, 18 of them play in the same conference as a fellow FC Tucson teammate. But this past weekend, it was a pair of non-conference matches that featured FC Tucson teammates squaring off against each other. (FC Tucson fun fact: the only two players who do not play in the same conference as a teammate, David Clemens and Tim Harbison, did play against each other in a preseason friendly. Clemens’ Virginia Tech beat Harbison’s Liberty, 5-0.)
Last Thursday, Sacramento State’s Isaac Ikyurav and Gabe Silveira met San Francisco’s Kevin Gould. On Friday night the San Diego trio of Connor Brant, Eli Galbraith-Knapp and Michael D’Arrigo faced off against the Riverside duo of Aaron Long and Ivan Garcia.
Both matches resulted in a draw, so no one can claim bragging rights for now. But this is just the beginning of plenty of FC Tucson v. FC Tucson teammate match ups in 2013.
For a full run down on all the weekend’s action, check out the capsules below.
Riverside squared off against San Diego in a match that featured five different FC Tucson players. The Highlanders remained unbeaten but couldn’t come away with a win, instead settling with a 0-0 draw against the Toreros. Aaron Long and Ivan Garcia both started the match but neither scored. Long did notch a shot on goal.
The good times continued for Gonzaga this weekend after a 2-0 win over UNLV in Las Vegas. The win is the Bulldogs’ third consecutive shutout win. Defender Greg Carter has started in every match this season and is anchoring a backline that has helped goalkeeper Ryan Caballero shutout opponents for nearly 314 straight minutes. In all, Gonzaga has allowed just one goal in its first four matches.
Liberty began its conference season on Saturday with a match against Gardner-Webb. Unfortunately, the Flames began conference play with a 1-0 loss. Tim Harbison got the start for Liberty and notched a shot on goal.
On Sunday, No. 16 Louisville was down 2-0 heading into the second half of its match with Cal State Bakersfield. Then Ricardo Velazco sent a free kick into the box and found teammate Jimmy Ockford, who scored to cut the lead to one. The floodgates opened from that moment on and Louisville wound up winning 4-2. The assist on the team’s first goal was Velazco’s third of the season.
The win on Sunday followed a tough 1-0 loss to UC Irvine on Friday. It was the Cardinals’ second consecutive shutout loss at home. Velazco also started that match but only notched one shot.
The Lions traveled east to take part in the Third Annual CU Inaria Classic at Cornell University. They opened their east-coast trip with a 2-1 win over Colgate on Friday. Then Loyola Marymount lost its first match of the season in a 1-0 loss to Cornell. Ryan Felix started in both matches and was named to the All-Tournament team.
The Hornets have played well enough over the last three matches to go unbeaten. But Sacramento State hasn’t won any of the matches, either. The school earned back-to-back draws over the past week, making it three straight matches with a draw.
On Thursday, in the first instance during the regular season of FC Tucson players squaring off against each other, Isaac Ikyurav and Gabe Silveira kicked off against Kevin Gould’s San Francisco squad. Ikyurav scored the Hornets’ lone goal, assisted in part by Silveira, but Sacramento State couldn’t get the win.
On Saturday, Sacramento followed up their 1-1 draw with a 0-0 draw against Saint Mary’s. Silveira started that match and notched three shots but couldn’t score.
As mentioned earlier, the Toreros drew 0-0 with Riverside last Friday to begin their weekend. Connor Brandt and Eli Galbraith-Knapp started but didn’t score while Michael D’Arrigo started at goalkeeper and notched five saves. Galbraith-Knapp got a red card in the second overtime frame and was forced to sit out San Diego’s match with No. 14 UCLA on Sunday.
The Toreros’ match with the Bruins was the school’s third consecutive overtime match. But San Diego couldn’t pull off the upset and wound up losing to UCLA 3-2. Brandt scored the first goal of the match (and his first goal of the season). D’Arrigo took the loss with two saves but got unlucky in extra time. The Bruins’ game-winning goal was an own goal by San Diego.
They allowed a goal in the first five minutes of their match on Sunday, but the Dons couldn’t find an equalizer in the remaining 85 minutes of a 1-0 loss to UC Davis. That loss follows the 1-1 draw against Sacramento State on Thursday. Defender Kevin Gould started in both matches for San Francisco. Despite just an above average record (3-2-1) this season, the Dons have still yet to allow more than one goal in a match this season. They’ve allowed just four goals in six matches.
The Broncos finally notched a “W” after a 2-0 win over Central Arkansas on Sunday. The opening, and game-winning, goal of the match was set up by James Huffer, who notched his first assist of the season. The second goal, which was ruled an own goal, occurred thanks to a shot on frame by Carlos Montes.
The win snapped what had been a four-match losing streak for the Broncos. The fourth loss in a row occurred on Friday night against No. 9 New Mexico. The Broncos fell in that match, 1-0.
The Bulls hosted Wisconsin in their second straight match against a Big Ten school. South Florida fell to the Badgers 2-0. Goalkeeper Dallas Jaye did not get the start.
Virginia Tech continued its good form of play after a 1-1 draw at Duke over the weekend. The Hokies trailed for most of the match and Duke had a chance to put the game away after drawing a 78th-minute penalty. But the Hokies’ goalkeeper saved the penalty kick and then saved the follow-up shot to keep the match 1-0. Nearly 10 minutes later, Virginia Tech equalized. David Clemens started the match but didn’t get on the score sheet.