USD Opens WCC Play in Bay Area This Weekend

Elijah Galbraith-Knapp

Elijah Galbraith-Knapp

Sept. 25, 2012

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Coming up...
USD @ Santa Clara
Friday, Sept. 28 | 7:00 pm | Buck Shaw Stadium
Series Record: SCU leads, 28-11-3
Last Meeting: SCU won, 4-1 (@SCU-10/30/11)
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The Last Meeting
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Santa Clara4
October 30, 2011
Santa Clara, CA
Broncos Deal Toreros 4-1 Loss
SANTA CLARA, Calif.- The University of San Diego men's soccer team came up empty handed in their two-match Bay Area road trip after falling at Santa Clara 4-1 Sunday afternoon from Buck Shaw Stadium.

The Last Meeting
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Saint Mary's1
November 13, 2011
Moraga, CA
USD Falls 1-0 at Saint Mary's in Regular Season Finale
MORAGA, Calif.- The University of San Diego men's soccer team was hoping to capture at least a share of the West Coast Conference championship with a win at Saint Mary's on Sunday afternoon, but they were unable to realize this goal as they fell to the Gaels 1-0 in the regular season finale.

USD @ Saint Mary's
Sunday, Sept. 30 | 2:00 pm | Saint Mary's Stadium
Series Record: USD leads, 24-9-5
Last Meeting: SMC won, 1-0 (@SMC-11/13/11)
Coverage: Livestats & video available at

Torero Tidbits....
• RS-Jr. GK Michael D'Arrigo set a career high with nine saves vs. UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 14
• 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 on Sept. 9 after going 2-0-0. 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. The Toreros garnered four first-place votes

Santa Clara Broncos (3-4-0, 0-0 WCC)
Top Scorers: Erik Hurtado (12 PTS./5G/2A), Ryan Masch (6 PTS./3G), Carlos Montes (7 PTS./2G/3A)
In Goal: Larry Jackson (6 GP/7 GA/1.17 GAA/26 SV/3-3-0/1 SHO)
Notables: USD and SCU split last season's two matchups... The Broncos have won their last two games- a 2-1 win at Stanford (9/16) and a 2-0 victory over NJIT (9/21)... Santa Clara's offense has been pretty evenly matched with opponents this year; SCU has 11 goals to their opponents'12 and has 80 shots to 92 on the season... Ryan Masch was named WCC Player of the Week on Sept. 17.

Saint Mary's Gaels (4-1-2, 0-0 WCC)
Top Scorers: Gerardo Mendoza (5 PTS./2G/1A), 4 tied with 3 PTS./1G/1A
In Goal: Andre Rawls (7 GP/3 GA/0.40 GAA/25 SV/4-1-2/4 SHO)
Notables: SMC won the regular season finale last year, 1-0 at SMC, while the teams tied, 0-0 at USD earlier in the season... The Gaels have won their past three contests... They are outscoring opponents 8-3 this season but being out shot 76-71... SMC leads the WCC in goals against average (0.40)... Six different players have scored goals for SMC.

WELCOME WCC PLAY: The Toreros are 6-3-1 in their last 10 WCC openers and 1-2 when opening WCC play on the road over that span. They are also looking to snap a 10 match winless streak at Santa Clara. The Toreros' last win at SCU came in 1999 with a 2-1 overtime victory when the Broncos were ranked No. 1 in the nation. USD is also looking for their first win at SMC in their last three tries. The Gaels knocked USD out of the postseason picture a year ago with a 1-0 victory at SMC in the regular season finale.

JUST COMING UP SHORT: While the scores haven't seemed to do the games justice, USD has been very competitive with the two Top-25 opponents they have faced so far this season. In both games the Toreros have held their opponents in check defensively by not allowing a goal in the first half in either matchup. Against No. 13 UCI (8/24), the Toreros held a 7-6 first half advantage in shots, while against No. 6 UCSB (9/14), USD got a number of outstanding first half saves from GK Michael D'Arrigo. With the exception of a nine minute span where the Gauchos scored three goals, the Toreros were right in the mix.

WEEK'S TOP PERFORMER: Jr. MF Elijah Galbraith-Knapp won his first career WCC Player of the Week honor on Sept. 10 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 on Sept. 7 before following it up with an insurance goal against Houston Baptist in another 2-0 win on Sept. 9. Galbraith-Knapp is the first Torero to take home player of the week honors since Sam Reeder in 2009.

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 three 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. F Keegan Smith played in 16 games at Cal Poly SLO in 2011.

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