Santa Clara pulled out a win despite playing a man down after 30 minutes in and with Ryan Cochrane off the field injured in the first half. http://santaclarabroncos.ocsn.com/sports/m-soccer/recaps/101803aaa.html Santa Clara had the run of play in the early going and scored in the 12th minute with a solid counter-attack engineered and finished by Will Weatherly (5g 1a). He received the ball just past mid-field, dribbled to the top of the box and went right to escape the impending defensive pressure. He then made a quick u-turn and played the ball to Igwe at the center of the box and made a run back to the left to receive Igwe's quick return pass and drill a left-footed shot from just inside the 18. Despite little offensive activity up to that point, Gonzaga answered back 5 minutes later when a SCU defender made a bad pass directly to a Gonzaga player to start a quick counter that resulted in a goal after two quick, well-executed passes. Things really started looking bad for SCU when Cashman drew a straight red for a rash challenge (in Gonzaga's half of the field) in the 32 minute. Shortly thereafter, Cochrane was on the ground inside Gonzaga's box clutching his ankle after being kicked in a scramble following a SCU corner. Cochrane was helped off the field, but managed to return in the second half, albeit not 100%. Surprisingly, the man dis-advantage didn't make a big difference in the game with SCU continuing to hold the run of play advantage. Frosh Eric Ustruck struck in the 64the minute with his second goal in two games. Thereafter SCU played more conservatively and finished out the game for the win. Players: Soph Kelechi Igwe may be the key to the fortunes of SCU. He's a fast, physical target forward type of player and SCU needs him to produce for the team to score goals and he did so in the first half of this game. He then sat on the bench for most of the 2nd. I'm hoping conditioning isn't an issue. Junior Will Weatherly is their leading goal-scorer and paired effectively with Igwe on their first goal. He looks like the most effective striker on the team. Freshman Eric Ustruck has become a key player, moving from spot duty at the start of the season, to starting and playing the entire game last night. With two goals in two games, that's a trend not likely to end soon. Cochrane's class, of course, is evident even when playing with a damaged ankle.