Nov. 4, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. - The University of San Diego men's soccer team had their eight-game winning streak snapped with a 2-1 loss at Portland Sunday afternoon from Merlo Field. The Toreros had racked up eight consecutive conference victories after dropping their West Coast Conference opener to Santa Clara on Sept. 28, but this time around the Pilots got USD back after the Toreros defeated Portland 4-3 on Oct. 5.
All three goals were scored in the first half in which Portland (7-9-1, 5-5-0 WCC) outshot USD 6-2. Dan Delgado converted one of those two USD shots into the first goal of the game in just the second minute of action. Delgado took a pass from James Cohn and chipped in the score from about 12 yards out to give Delgado his sixth goal of the season and put the Toreros up 1-0.
Portland came back to tie it, however, in the 33rd minute when Ben Hemphill gathered a cross from Steven Evans and flicked in a shot past USD keeper Drew Ilijevski that found the upper corner of the net to knot the game at 1-1.
About nine minutes later, Evans knocked in the game-winner by tapping one in off a cross from the right side following a Portland free kick.
USD (10-7-0, 8-2-0 WCC) tried to mount a rally in the second half as they outshot the Pilots 7-6 in the second frame, but the Toreros were unable to convert any chances.
Ilijevski (8-2-0) suffered his first loss since taking over as the starter on Sept. 30 but recorded three saves in the effort. Justin Baarts (7-9-0) picked up the win for the Pilots as he was relieved in the second half by Kyle Foster, who recorded five saves on the day.
Despite the loss, the Toreros remain in first place in the WCC with 24 points. Second-place Santa Clara (10-6-1, 7-2-1 WCC) is right on USD's heels with 22 points with two games remaining on their schedule, just like USD.
The Toreros look to rebound when they return to Torero Stadium to close out the regular season when they host Saint Mary's at 7:00 pm on Nov. 9 and Santa Clara at 2:00 pm on Nov. 11.