Toreros and Highlanders duel to scoreless draw

Torrey DeArmas

Sept. 13, 2013

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Despite playing the final eight minutes down two players, the USD men's soccer team held on for a 0-0 draw with UC Riverside Friday evening at Torero Stadium. USD was forced into a very defensive final overtime period after Torrey DeArmas and Elijah Galbraith-Knapp were issued red cards within two minutes of each other to start the second overtime frame. The Toreros (1-2-1) managed to stem the UC Riverside offense as the Highlanders (4-0-1) closed out the game outshooting USD 5-0 in the final overtime period.

Overall, it was a very evenly-contested game as both teams strung together their own offensive momentum at certain points, but neither squad was able to capitalize on their opportunities. The Toreros demonstrated some crisp ball movement throughout the contest that opened up a handful of chances on the offensive end. In the 22nd minute, Connor Brandt slipped a nice pass into DeArmas, who had a one-on-one within 10 yards, but his shot was stopped by UCR keeper KC John.

Likewise, Michael Turner almost put the Toreros up in the 69th minute when he had his back to the goal from the top of the box when he wheeled and crushed a shot that barely sailed wide left.

Brandt and DeArmas almost connected again in the 85th minute when Brandt fired off a low, hard attempt that just barely missed DeArmas' foot as he came sliding into the box. Instead the shot rolled wide right.

UCR had their share of close calls as well. In the 36th minute, Ruben Valencia tried to stick a header into the corner of the net on a cross from the right wing but his attempt ended up missing wide left by a few feet. Then, in the 24th minute, Romario Lomeli tried a header of his own in traffic, but USD keeper Michael D'Arrigo was able to stab it and keep the scoreless tie intact.

At the end of the night, UC Riverside held a 14-13 edge in shots, while each team had six corner kicks to their credit.

D'Arrigo (1-1-1) tallied five saves while playing every minute in goal. He was matched by John (4-0-1), who also recorded five saves on the night.

The Toreros travel to No. 7 UCLA on Sunday for a 4 pm contest that will air on the Pac-12 Network.