Oct. 3, 2008
Moroga, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team posted a victory against the Saint Mary's College Gaels Friday afternoon at the Saint Mary's Soccer Stadium. The Toreros improve to 1-5-3 overall and a 1-0-0 mark in the WCC while the Gaels fall to 1-6-1 overall and 0-1-0 in the WCC.
"We played well and we had a lot of chances to score," head coach Seamus McFadden said. "I thought Saint Mary's was tenacious, and in conference this season every game is going to be a battle and that was a battle."
The Torero goal came early on a penalty kick by Eddie Ahman in the sixth minute. Defender Ryan Peterman streaked up the left side with ball tapping a 1-2 combo pass with teammate Charles Blase. Peterman pushed the ball up field past the Gael's midfield and was flattened in the box on the left side by a Saint Mary's defender. Eddie Ahman was given the task of the penalty kick which he sent to the lower left corner of the net past Gael's goalkeeper Jason Badger for the 1-0 lead.
San Diego's game plan in the first and second half was to press hard offensively. They balanced that by defending well for the remainder of the match. Later in the first half, forward Corey Norris connected on a header but his shot sailed high. In the second half, San Diego again came out strong offensively. Norris had another solid look which deflected of a Saint Mary's defender and hit the cross bar. Defender JD also had a couple solid looks at goal to add to USD's shot total, one of which was a header that went wide.
Saint Mary's came on strong in the last 15 minutes trying to find the equalizer. They threw a lot of bodies forward. SMC had a shot in the final minutes that hit the post.
The Toreros out-shot the Gaels 19-14 in the match. San Diego committed only 10 fouls to Saint Mary's six. The Gaels had six corners to San Diego's three.
The Toreros return home to prepare for their next homestand as they take prepare to take on the Pacific Northwest duo of Gonzaga and Portland starting with the Bulldogs on Friday October 10 at 7:00 p.m. in Torero Stadium.