Sep 6, 2013
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team suffered a 2-1 loss at No. 25 Cal State Northridge Friday at Matador Field. USD (0-2-0) edged CSUN in the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament with a 2-1 double overtime victory at Matador Field, a game in which CSUN looked to have it won until a USD goal in the 90th minute forced overtime and eventually led to the Torero victory. This time around, however, CSUN took an early lead and never looked back.
Cal State Northridge (3-0-0) went up 2-0 early with a pair of goals in the first half. The Matadors notched their first score just about six minutes into the contest as Sagi Lev-Ari took a looping pass that allowed him to chip a shot past USD keeper Michael D'Arrigo.
Then, in the 41st minute, Brian Behrad connected for CSUN with a chip pass from Steven Manios that allowed Behrad to beat D'Arrigo to the near side.
Coming out in the second half, USD cut the CSUN lead to 2-1 when Darragh Vieyra notched his first goal as a Torero as he fired off a deep shot from about 35 yards that bounded its way along the ground and through a scrum into the lower left of the net.
Cal State Northridge held an 11-9 edge in shots overall in the game and a 9-5 advantage in corner kicks. The Toreros matched the Matadors with four shots apiece in the first half, but USD was unable to find many opportunities in the final 30 minutes of the contest as they recorded just two shots over that span.
D'Arrigo (0-1-0) took the loss in his first start of the season, but made three saves on the night. Adam Hobbs (3-0-0) picked up the victory in goal for CSUN, tallying two saves without allowing a goal. Damien Lewis allowed the lone USD goal on the night.
The Toreros get back on the pitch for their home opener on Sunday when they host Cal State Fullerton at 5 pm at Torero Stadium.
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