SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The University of San Diego men’s soccer team (1-0-0) kicked off the 2014 season with a dominant 4-1 win over Buffalo (0-1-0) Friday night at Torero Stadium. The Toreros trailed 1-0 at the half, but scored two goals in the first two minutes of the second frame and never looked back. Dave Musambi, a transfer from South Carolina Upstate, scored a pair of goals in his Torero debut.
“It feels great. Scoring two goals on the opening day, you can’t ask for much more,” Musambi said after the match.
The Toreros found themselves down 1-0 at half, despite the Bulls having just one shot attempt. Buffalo scored in the 15th minute after Torero keeper, Drew Illijevski, punched out a threatening cross right to Braden Culver’s feet. Culver slipped the ball just inside the near post and past Connor Brandt, who nearly blocked it.
“We knew we were better than these guys, we just weren’t showing it,” Musambi said. “We were a bit sloppy and just had to clean up our touches and in the second half we were able to do that and that’s how we were able to score the four goals.”
The Toreros wasted no time in the second half, scoring two goals in the first two minutes. The equalizer came from Musambi, who headed in a bouncing cross from Parker Price. Less than a minute later, the Toreros took the lead on a Connor Brandt penalty kick, stemming from a Bulls’ handball. Brandt calmly placed the ball in the bottom right corner as Buffalo keeper Cameron Hogg dove left.
Culver and the Bulls nearly tied it up in the 73rd minute, but senior defender Julian Ringhof was able to make a brilliant block to preserve the Toreros lead.
With the Bulls pushing for the equalizer, the Toreros took advantage of a pair of late counter attacks to extend their lead. In the 83rd minute, Michael Turner scored on a breakaway. With Hogg charging towards him, Turner lifted a shot up and over the keeper and into the back of the net.
In the final minute, Musambi put the finishing touches on Buffalo when he scored off another header, this one coming off a Shane Thompson cross.
Thomas Olsen earned the win in goal, allowing no goals and recording two saves in the second half. Hogg takes the loss despite making eight saves.
The Toreros return to action Monday evening when they host Cal State Fullerton at 7:30 p.m. at Torero Stadium.
“Monday is just about being clean on the ball and pressing high from the start,” Musambi said. “We have good quality players on the field, we just got to connect it. When it’s fluid, that’s how we win games.”
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