Toreros Battle Hard in 2-1 Loss to No. 23 UC Davis

USDTOREROSDOTCOM Toreros fall 2-1 to No. 23 UC Davis
Toreros fall 2-1 to No. 23 UC Davis

Sept. 19, 2008

Box Score

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team played strong with only 10 men on the field against their third top-25 opponent this season taking the UC Davis Aggies into a second overtime to break a 1-1 tie only to lose on a penalty kick on Friday night in front of the Toreros home crowd.

In the seventh minute, Aggie Jordan Vanderpoorten scored from just outside the goalie box. Teammate Ahmad Hatifi lobbed a ball from midfield to Vanderpoorten on the left side of the field. Goalkeeper Kelin Briones charged at Vanderpoorten who chipped a shot over Briones into the right corner of the net to take a 1-0 lead.

San Diego responded in the 11th minute on an own goal by the Aggies. Deep in Aggie territory, Torero defender Tim Grey made a strong header attempt towards the net. The ball hit off the cross bar as Davis tried to clear the ball, however Greg Hammond for Davis put the ball in their own net knotting up the match at 1-1.

The Toreros went down a man late in the first half forced to compete with only 10 men on the field. San Diego took UC Davis past regulation, through the first overtime, and into a second overtime when in the 104th minute, the Toreros fouled the Aggies in their own penalty box. Dylan Curtis lined up the shot from the penalty marker and shot right at the center net as Briones jumped left to block allowing the ball into the net.

The Toreros were assessed 16 fouls to the Aggies' 19. Briones recorded five saves in the match as UC Davis recorded 17 shots to San Diego's three. With the loss, the Toreros fall to 0-4-2 on the season.

San Diego returns to the pitch on Sunday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m. when they face the UC Irvine Anteaters at Torero Stadium.