SAN DIEGO - A goal in the 88th minute by Allen Luhrs propelled San Diego to a 2-1 exhibition game victory against UC Riverside on Saturday night at Torero Stadium.
With the score knotted at 1-1, USD pressed forward and sent a cross into the penalty box from the left side of the field. Ernesto Truqui was waiting in the center of the box but let the cross run between his legs, drawing two defenders to his spot.
The crafty play left Luhrs wide open on the right side of the box. He took a touch with his right foot then buried a left-footed strike to the top left corner of the goal for the deciding tally.
The Toreros looked sharp from the start and maintained a majority of the possession throughout the contest. It was a team effort for USD, which utilized 22 players throughout the match.
"It was a good start," said head coach Seamus McFadden. "We played the first group in the first half and they played well. Then we had the second group in the second half and they did well, were resilient and got the win. I like our group right now."
After a first half filled with chances, the Toreros finally broke through in the 58th minute. Jake Hughes flicked on a header into the center of the box from a throw in that found the foot of George West.
West put a solid touch on his shot that found the back of the net to give USD a 1-0 lead.
UC Riverside responded in the 83rd minute when Saul Reyes capitalized on a loose ball near the top of the Toreros' box to level the match at 1-1.
USD was unfazed by the late equalizer and continued to control the pace of the game before Luhrs was able to deliver the winning goal.
The Toreros will play one more exhibition before the regular season begins, playing host to Point Loma Nazarene on Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. (PT).
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