Sept. 20, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team fell to the visiting Cal State Northridge Matadors Thursday evening by a score of 5-0 in non-conference action at Torero Stadium. Despite the lopsided score the Toreros (2-4-0) rallied back from a slow start but were unable to hold back the Cal State Northridge offensive attack.
The Matadors (5-3-0) came out in a hurry, scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes of action. Sagi Lev-Ari put CSUN on the board in the third minute with an unassisted goal where he tapped a loose ball in near the USD goal as Torero keeper Michael D'Arrigo and a USD defender were scrambling to corral it.
Lev Ari then connected for another goal in the 10th minute when he scored on a sliding shot off a low cross from Chris Smith to put CSUN up 2-0.
USD didn't get their first shot off until halfway through the first period but put together a strong offensive rally over the final 15 minutes of the half that saw them reduce the deficit in shots but did not result in any goals. Joey Dei Rossi narrowly missed wide right in the third minute when he took a feed from Connor O'Neill in the lower right box. O'Neill had a couple of good looks himself- one coming in the second minute as CSUN keeper Michael Abalos had to make a leaping save off an arching shot by O'Neill and the other coming in the 65th minute when O'Neill barely missed wide right.
In the second half, USD came out looking to continue the momentum they had heading into halftime and held off the Matadors until the 60th minute when Beto Velasquez scored the first of three CSUN goals in a span of nine minutes. Edwin Rivas had a put-back goal in the 64th minute that put CSUN up 4-0 and Velasquez scored again in the 69th minute off a free kick to cap the night's scoring.
D'Arrigo (2-4-0) took the loss on the night but recorded three saves in the contest, while Abalos (4-3-0) took the win with his four saves.
CSUN held a 16-12 advantage in shots on the night, with the majority of those coming in the first 25 minutes of the game. The Toreros had seven corner kicks to CSUN's two as well.
USD looks to bounce back when they travel to Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, Sept. 23 for a 5:00 pm contest.
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