Aug. 24, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of No. 13 UC Irvine on Friday night at Torero Stadium. UC Irvine (1-0-0) was able to pull away from USD (0-1-0) with a second half that featured an offensive blitz. The Anteaters outshot the Toreros 20-16 overall and 14-9 in the second half.
Cameron Iwasa tallied the first goal of the contest when he blasted a shot from near the top of the goal box that put UC Irvine up 1-0 in the 47th minute. Gor Kirakosyan followed that with an open net score on a rebound off the post in the 88th minute.
The Toreros put pressure on UC Irvine keeper Michael Breslin (1-0-0) with a number of good looks in the second half but were unable to convert their opportunities. Patrick Wallen had a game-high six shots on the night, while Conor McFadden added three for USD.
Torero keeper Michael D'Arrigo (0-1-0) was saddled with the loss despite making three saves, while Breslin also recorded three saves in the contest.
This marks the second straight season the Toreros have lost to UC Irvine in their season opener. USD fell 1-0 last season in Irvine.
USD looks to bounce back when they travel to Sacramento State on August 31st for a 5:00 pm non-conference match.