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Saturday, August 18, 2012

San Jose Earthquakes lose 3-1 to Montreal Impact - San Jose Mercury News

MONTREAL -- Lamar Neagle and Patrice Bernier scored in the second half to help Montreal beat the league-best San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 Saturday night for the Impact's fourth straight victory.

Neagle got his second goal of the season to put Montreal (11-13-3) ahead 2-1 in the 61st minute. Both teams played most of the game with 10 aside, while San Jose ended with just nine men.

Bernier, who set up Neagle's score, got his team-leading seventh goal on a penalty kick in the 73rd minute. Marco Di Vaio scored for Montreal in the first half.

Earthquakes captain Chris Wondolowski scored his league-leading 18th goal on a penalty kick in the 23rd minute to give the Earthquakes (14-6-5) a 1-0 lead

Both teams were down a man from the 21st minute. San Jose's Steven Lenhart and Impact defender Hassoun Camara were both shown red cards in the first half after a flare-up inside the 18-yard box.

The Earthquakes were awarded a penalty after Camara struck Lenhart with a blow to the head, which got him ejected. Lenhart was sent off for retaliating.

Wondolowski took advantage as he pounded a shot past Montreal goalie Troy Perkins into the left side of the net.

Di Vaio drove to the net and slid in to finish off Felipe Martins' centering pass to tie the score in the 25th minute.

Bernier set up Montreal's go-ahead goal with a pass back to Neagle, who drove a shot past San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch into the right side of the

goal.

The Earthquakes lost another player after Jason Hernandez was given San Jose's second red card of the game in the 71st minute.

Bernier took the penalty after Di Vaio was hauled down by Hernandez. He hesitated as he approached the ball and calmly put a shot past Busch into the right side of the goal.

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