Sep 3, 2013
Sunday, Sept. 8 | 5:00 pm
Coverage: Gametracker | Live Stats | Live Video
SAN DIEGO,Calif. - The Toreros continue their 2013 campaign when they travel to Cal State Northridge on Friday for a 5 pm kickoff at the Matador Soccer Stadium, before hosting Cal State Fullerton in their home opener on Sunday at 5 pm. Live stats and live audio will be available for the game at CSUN via links on the USD men's soccer schedule page at www.usdtoreros.com. Gametracker, live stats and a live video stream will be available for the contest against Cal State Fullerton.
USD and CSUN last met in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, where the Toreros left Northridge with a 2-1 overtime victory, avenging a 5-0 loss to CSUN earlier in the 2012 season at USD. The Toreros hold a 15-9-0 edge in the all-time series with the Matadors.
The Toreros and Titans met last season in Fullerton, where USD fell 2-1 in overtime. Last year's meeting was the first between USD and Cal State Fullerton since the 2003 season. USD leads the all-time series 11-10-3 over the Titans.
The Cal State Northridge Matadors (2-0-0) are coming off home wins over Albany and Memphis this past weekend in the Ryan Rossi Memorial Tournament. CSUN climbed into the NSCAA Top-25 this week at No. 25. Sagi Lev-Ari leads the Matadors with three goals scored already, wihle four other CSUN players have notched goals so far as well. Adam Hobbs has been CSUN's primary keeper, recording three saves while allowing one goal in two games so far. CSUN outscored their opponents 7-1 in their first two wins and outshot them 44-16.
The Cal State Fullerton Titans (1-1-0) played in the Ryan Rossi Memorial Tournament this past weekend as well, losing to Memphis (1-0) before coming back for a 2-1 win over Albany. Ritchie Gonzalez and Zach Bryan have a goal apiece this season. Bryan Escalante has seen all the time in goal for the Titans and comes into the week with six saves and two goals allowed.
LAST TIME OUT...
USD opened the season with a 5-0 loss at San Diego State this past Friday. The Aztecs took control from the first kick, keeping the pressure on USD throughout the first half. The Toreros did not register their first shot until the 17th minute. Overall in the contest, SDSU held a 19-8 edge in shots.
The Toreros were ranked No. 16 in the 2013 NSCAA National Preseason Poll, which was released on Aug. 13. The Toreros finished the 2012 season ranked No. 12.
USD finished the 2012 season with a 14-9-0 (9-3-0 WCC) record and won their first WCC title since 2009 before advancing to the Elilte 8 of the NCAA Tournament, their best NCAA finish since playing in the national title game in 1992.
USD returns four All-WCC performers from last season: Sr. M Elijah Galbraith-Knapp (2nd Team), Sr. D Julian Ringhof (2nd Team), Jr. GK Drew Ilijevski (honorable mention), and Torrey DeArmas (All-Freshman).
The Toreros led the WCC in goals (22) last season during conference play, ranked 2nd in points (59) and tied for 3rd in assists (15).
TORERO SOCCER NOTES
TOREROS TABBED SECOND IN PRESEASON POLL: The University of San Diego men's soccer team was picked to finish second in the 2013 West Coast Conference Preseason Poll. As an early indication of the wide open race for this year's WCC crown, the seven first-place votes from the conference coaches were scattered among five different teams. USD received two first-place votes and 45 points overall, while Santa Clara was voted to win the conference after collecting 47 total points and one first-place vote. Loyola Marymount was picked for third after taking home two first-place votes, followed by San Francisco and Saint Mary's, who each picked up one first-place vote apiece. Portland and Gonzaga rounded out the final two spots in the poll.
GALBRAITH-KNAPP AND RINGHOF NAMED PRESEASON ALL-WCC: Seniors Elijah Galbraith-Knapp and Julian Ringhof were named to the 2013 Preseason All-WCC team. Galbraith-Knapp, a senior from San Diego, was a second-team All-WCC selection last season after starting all 21 games he appeared in in the midfield. He tallied three goals, including two game-winners, to go along with an assist for seven points overall on the year. Ringhof, a fifth-year senior defender from Sexau, Germany, turned in a strong year in 2012 after transferring to USD from Cal State Los Angeles. Ringhof was a third-team NSCAA All-Region selection as well an All-WCC second-teamer. Ringhof also scored a pair of goals on the year, including one in USD's Elite Eight loss at Georgetown in last year's NCAA Tournament.
BIG SHOES TO FILL: The Toreros lost eight starters from their 2012 Elite Eight squad, but a few players in particular will be especially difficult to replace. Midfielder Dan Delgado, who was drafted in the second round (33rd overall) of the MLS SuperDraft by the San Jose Earthquakes, left USD tied for 5th in career assists (23) and ranked 8th in the NCAA in assists last year (10). Likewise, forward Patrick Wallen, a 2012 NSCAA first-team All-Region selection, finished his USD career 3rd in career goals (30) and 7th in career points (71). Midfielder James Cohn also graduated tied for 1st in career games started (78).
USD HONOR ROLL: The Toreros had a total of 10 All-WCC selections, including WCC Coach of the Year Seamus McFadden (8th time). USD's first-team honorees were MF James Cohn, MF Dan Delgado and F Patrick Wallen. Second-team selections were MF Christian Duke, MF Elijah Galbraith-Knapp and D Julian Ringhof. Honorable mention selections were D Matthew Chavez, MF Conor McFadden and GK Drew Ilijevski, while F Torrey DeArmas as an All-Freshman Team pick. The six first- and second-team honorees tied the 1992 squad for the second-most in team history.
TOREROS ON THE NATIONAL STAGE: MF Connor Brandt was named TopDrawerSoccer.com Men's College Soccer Player of the Week on Nov. 19, 2012, while Dan Delgado was named College Soccer News National Player of the Week on the same day, and was also named to Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week.
DELGADO AND DUKE GET MLS CALLS: MF Dan Delgado was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, while MF Christian Duke was taken by Sporting Kansas City with the 14th pick of the MLS Supplemental Draft.