Oct. 25, 2013
BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team handed No. 1 California their first loss of the season with a 1-0 victory over the Golden Bears on Friday afternoon. USD (4-6-4) got the lone goal of the game from Connor Brandt in the 52nd minute.
This was the Toreros' third victory over a No. 1-ranked opponent in program history. USD previously knocked off then-No. 1 Santa Clara 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 15, 1999 and then-No. 1 Portland 3-0 on Nov. 6, 1992.
Cal (10-1-2) actually outshot the Toreros 9-7 on the day, but it was Brandt's unassisted goal that proved the difference. Coming out after a scoreless first half in which both teams' defenses held each other firmly in check, Brandt delivered a strike from 25 yards out just past the outstretched gloves of Cal keeper Justin Taillole for his team-leading fourth goal of the season.
From that point, USD's defense held off the Golden Bears as they tried to mount a late rally. Cal outshot USD 7-4 in the second half, but USD keeper Michael D'Arrigo made sure nothing got past him by recording three saves in the match.
Cal held a slight 5-4 advantage in corner kicks in the contest. Taillole took the loss in goal for Cal but had three saves.
This was the third ranked opponent USD has faced so far this season after falling 2-1 at then-No. 25 Cal State Northridge (Sept. 6) and 3-2 in overtime at then-No. 14 UCLA (Sept. 15). The Toreros' last win over a ranked opponent came in last season's NCAA Tournament when they defeated then-No. 11 Tulsa in the Sweet-16.
USD jumps back into WCC play next week for the second half of conference action when they play at San Francisco on Nov. 1 with a 7:30 pm kickoff.
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