Sept. 12, 2012
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - USD vs. #6 UC Santa Barbara
Friday, Sept. 14 | 7:30 pm | Torero Stadium
Series Record: UCSB leads, 6-8-0
Last Meeting: UCSB won, 3-0 (@UCSB-9/23/11)
Coverage: Gametracker & live video at www.usdtoreros.com
Jr. MF Elijah Galbraith-Knapp was named WCC Player of the Week for the week of 9/3-9/9 after scoring goals in two USD wins. He was the first Torero to earn POTW honors since Sam Reeder in 2009
USD won the 5th Annual Courtyard Marriott SD Central Aztec Soccer Tournament after going 2-0-0 this past weekend. Elijah Galbraith-Knapp was named Most Outstanding Offensive Player, while RS Sr. D Matt Chavez, RS-Jr. GK Michael D'Arrigo, Sr. MF Christian Duke and RS-Jr. D Julian Ringhof were each named to the All-Tournament team
Sr. MF Dan Delgado returns after being named 2011 WCC Player of the Year. Delgado was the third consecutive Torero to earn conference POTY honors (Patrick Wallen, 2010; Ryan Peterman, 2009)
USD returns seven starters from last year's squad that finished 9-9-1 overall
Head coach Seamus McFadden is the WCC's winningest coach in conference matches with a 111-74-18 (.591) career record in WCC contests
USD returns four All-WCC selections from 2011- MF Dan Delgado (1st Team/Player of the Year), MF Elijah Galbraith-Knapp (1st Team), MF Conor McFadden (Hon. Men.), D Thomas Fiskerstrand (All-Freshman Team)
USD was picked to win the WCC in this year's preseason coaches poll
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (3-0-1)
Top Scorers: Achille Campion (7 pts./3g/1a); Nic Ryan (6 pts./3g); Dion Acoff (3 pts./1g/1a); Javier Castro (3 pts./1g/1a)
In Goal: Austin Mansker (4 GP/3 GA/0.81 GAA/7 SV/3-0-1/1 SO)
Notables: The Gauchos are No. 6 in the NSCAA Top-25... UCSB has won the past four meetings between these two teams... The Gauchos have wins over two other WCC opponents already this year; 2-1 @LMU on Aug. 26 and 3-0 @ Gonzaga on Sept. 2... UCSB is outshooting opponents 62-34 and has 29 shots on goal compared to 12 by their opponents... Five different players have already scored goals for the Gauchos.
WEEK'S TOP PERFORMER: Jr. MF Elijah Galbraith-Knapp won his first career WCC Player of the Week honor this past week after notching goals in each of USD's victories. He scored his first goal of the season, a game winner, in a 2-0 victory over Ohio State this past Friday before following it up with an insurance goal against Houston Baptist in another 2-0 win this past Sunday. Galbraith-Knapp is the first Torero to take home player of the week honors since Sam Reeder in 2009.
BREAK THE STREAK: UCSB has won the past four meetings between these two teams dating back to 2002. Two of those Torero losses have come in the first round of the NCAA Tournament: 2-0 @UCSB in 2002 and 1-0 @USD in 2009. The last Torero win over UCSB was a 3-0 victory at home on 9/15/96.
USD VS. THE BIG WEST: The Toreros have five Big West opponents on their schedule this season, not including a preseason scrimmage at UC Riverside. USD lost to No. 13 UC Irvine 2-0 on Aug. 24 and at Sacramento State 2-1 in overtime on Aug. 31. Following Friday's matchup with UCSB, the Toreros will face Cal State Northridge (9/20) and Cal State Fullerton (9/23). USD is 2-7-0 against Big West opponents over the past five seasons, including their two losses in 2012.
THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM: MF Dan Delgado became the third consecutive Torero to win WCC Player of the Year honors after taking home the recognition last season. He followed current teammate Patrick Wallen (2010) and Ryan Peterman (2009). Delgado tallied a total of nine points in 2011 (2g/5a) while ranking second in the WCC in assists during WCC play (5). He has led the team in assists the past two seasons.
LEAVING HIS MARK: Sr. F Patrick Wallen enters the 2012 campaign tied for seventh in USD history in career goals scored (22). Wallen had a career-high 12 goals in 2010 and scored three goals in 2011. USD's all-time leader in goals scored is Guillermo Jara, who scored 51 goals from 1992-95.
BREAKING IN: Despite missing time in 2011 due to injury, RS-Jr. GK Michael D'Arrigo entered the 2012 season in the top-10 in three categories in the USD record book: 8th in career saves (57), 8th in both career games started in goal and games played in goal (21/23) and 9th in career shutouts (6).
LOOKING FOR AN OPENING: The 2012 Toreros are a team deep with experience as they return a total of 20 letterwinners from a year ago, including seven starters. Overall, USD returns 12 players who played in at least half of the team's 19 games in 2011. Trying to break in will be a crop of five true freshmen and four transfers, all of whom already have NCAA soccer experience under their belts. RS-Jr. D Julian Ringhof was an all-conference and all-region selection at Cal State Los Angeles, while So. MF Connor Brandt tallied four goals last season at Cal State Dominguez Hills. So. MF Sigurd Pryser played in 17 games with 13 starts last season at Div. III North Park University and So. F Keegan Smith played in 16 games at Cal Poly SLO in 2011.
FOLLOW ALONG LIVE: All USD home games will feature live Gametracker as well as a live video feed that can be seen by clicking on the "Live Sports" tab at www.usdtoreros.com.