USD hosts UC Riverside, travels to No. 7 UCLA this weekend

Darragh Vieyra

Sept. 11, 2013

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USD vs. UC Riverside
Friday, Sept. 13 | 7:00 pm
Coverage: Live Stats | Live Video

The Last Meeting
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UCLA (NCAA Tournament 2nd Rd.)2
November 18, 2012
Los Angeles, Calif.
How Sweet it Is, USD Advances to Sweet 16 With 5-2 Win Over UCLA
Patrick Wallen scored a pair of goals to help propel the University of San Diego men's soccer team to a thrilling 5-2 upset win over No. 4 UCLA Sunday evening in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

USD at #7 UCLA
Sunday, Sept. 15 | 4:00 pm
Coverage: Pac-12 Network

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Toreros (1-2-0) continue their 2013 campaign when they host UC Riverside at Torero Stadium on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 pm. USD then travels up to No. 7 UCLA for a 4 pm contest Sunday, Sept. 15 that will be aired on the Pac-12 Network. Live stats and live video will be available for the home game vs. UC Riverside via links on the USD men's soccer schedule page at

The UC Riverside Highlanders (4-0-0) are coming off wins over Georgia State (2-0) and Bradley (3-2) this past week at the UNLV Nike Invitational in Las Vegas. UCR posted shutouts in its first three games and is outscoring opponents 8-2 on the year. Romario Lomeli leads the Highlanders with three goals and an assist so far, while Ivan Garcia has added two goals and two assists. KC John has played every minute in goal this season for UCR, tallying nine saves and a goals against average of 0.50.

USD and UC Riverside last met in 2006 with the Toreros taking a 3-1 home victory. The Toreros lead the all-time series 4-0-0.

The UCLA Bruins (1-1-1) come into the week ranked No. 7 by, No. 8 by College Soccer News, and No. 14 by the NSCAA. The Bruins lost 3-0 at home to Cal Poly this past week. Their lone win of the season came against 2012 National Champion Indiana (1-0) on the road on Sept. 1. Victor Chavez has scored the only goal for UCLA this season, with Nathan Smith and Victor Munoz picking up assists on that score. Earl Edwards Jr. has been the only keeper to see action so far this season, allowing three goals with 11 saves and a goals against average of 0.93.

The Toreros and Bruins met last season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament when USD advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 5-2 win in Westwood. Overall, UCLA still holds a decisive 21-6-4 edge in the all-time series.

USD split their two contests this past week, losing 2-1 at No. 25 Cal State Northridge before winning their home opener in thrilling fashion- 3-2 in double overtime over Cal State Fullerton. Sophomore transfer Darragh Vieyra scored USD's lone goal at CSUN. Against Fullerton on Sunday, the Toreros fell down 2-0 in the 46th minute before mounting a second-half comeback with the help of goals from Keegan Smith (69'), Joey Dei Rossi (75'), and the game-winner from Sergio Lopez (105'), who punched home a one-on-one opportunity in front of the Fullerton goal in the second overtime period to give USD the win. The Toreros had a season-high 20 shots in that victory and outshot Fullerton 20-9 on the night.

• So. Darragh Vieyra (London, England) and So. Keegan Smith (Temecula, Calif.) each scored their first USD goals this past weekend. Vieyra had the lone USD goal in a 2-1 loss at Cal State Northridge, while Smith scored the first USD goal in their 3-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton this past Sunday.
• 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. The Toreros finished the 2012 season ranked No. 12 in the final NSCAA Top-25.
• 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).