The West Coast Soccer Association is proud to announce the Univeristy of Southern California Men's Club soccer program as team of the week. They entered last week in third place in the Premier Central Division, but with wins over UCSB and UCLA, they were able to capture first place finish an automatic birth in NIRSA Regional Soccer Tournament this weekend at UCLA.
Saturday was an incredible game against UCSB. UCSB scored first, but USC kept the game close and tied the game at the very end of the first half. USC scored first on the second half, but the Gauchos tied up with another goal from a corner kick. Close to the end of the game, the Trojans scored and remained ahead and kept it that way for the remaining 12 minutes of the game.
Sunday USC were playing against their biggest rivals at their home field, UCLA. "We knew we had to win or go home, not even a tie would guarantee us on Regionals. The first half was very tough and not many chances were created. At the very end of the first half we scored and had a lot of momentum going to the second half." state the USC Captain. "We ended up changing to a more defensive formation which resulted on UCLA attacking us for the last 30 minutes of the game. With five minutes left to play, UCLA had a PK to tie the game. Chris Bridge raise to the occasion big time and saved the PK that allowed us to win the league and head to Regionals.
Adam Gootnick (Coach): "This was the best weekend for USC Men's Club Soccer in history. I've played in this team for several years and never seen nothing like this, this shows how much our team wants this so bad. USC hadn't won the league in at least 6 or 7 years."
Brandon Danzansky (Forward): "Scoring the winning goal against the undefeated UCSB team during the last 15 minutes of play was just amazing. After scoring I just ran to our bench to celebrate with all of our teammates, this is not a team, its a family."
Chris Bridge (Goalkeeper): "This was definitely one of the biggest saves of my life. This team gave so much effort during the entire semester, that I had to step up and do something for them. I got the tip of my fingers on the ball that even hit the post after hitting my fingers. It was just enough to seal the deal."